The Books I’ve Read in 2017

books to readIn 2017, I read 68 books, up 16 from my 2016 total of 52. Of the 68 books that I read, 24 of them were books reviewed for publishers (that’s about 35% of my total of 68). 11 of the books were books from my 2016 Reading Plan (about 16% of the total of 68) of which there were a total of 22 (50% of my originally intended books).

I’m slowly getting better. The two issues that I continue to have are that I see books from publishers that are intriguing and I read them and that I have so many piles of books that I want to read. It’s hard to estimate that number. In 2016, only 16 of my total books were read for publishers, so my total of reviewed books for 2017 jumped up by 50%. Not knowing just what will be published and what my interest will be in those books is difficult.

The second part of that is harder as I hate to get rid of books that I haven’t yet read. I’ve become a little more disciplined as I get older, realizing that if I haven’t read something in 20 years that I most likely won’t get to it. I hate to ever feel that I am wasting my time on a book either. Most of the books that I have read have been about 200 pages on average, the 400 or 600 page books are a bit more of a commitment for me, so my list is not heavily populated with those.

As I look at this list, it can be broken down into a few different categories: current issues, ministry issues, and enjoyment. When I find that there are issues that are being talked about within my context, I will try to find books that will inform me on those. There are ministry issues that I face within my own context as well that I need to do further reading to better understand, which covers the ministry issues category. Most of the books that I read for fun are either novels or biographies.

I am always trying to find time to review books, both on my own and for publishers, which will be beneficial to the people within my church. I know that people’s time is precious and if they are going to read, they want to read something useful, helpful, and beneficial. As much as I can help people to maneuver through the waters of unread books and resources, I want to do that.

Planning towards 2018, my reading plan list will most likely shrink to less than 22 just to remain practical. It’s not unusual for me to be reading 3 or 4 books at a time, which can get a little excessive at times. Usually, in seasons like that, I will find myself gravitating towards one book that takes precedence over the others.

I am slowly pulling together my 2018 Reading Plan and will hope to post that later this week. In the meantime, this is the list of the books that I have read:

Eric J. Bargerhuff “The Most Misused Stories in the Bible”

Mark Batterson “Play the Man”

Anne Bogel “Reading People”

J. Clif Christopher “Not Your Parents’ Offering Plate”

Ron Citlau “Hope for the Same-Sex Attracted”

Eric Clapton “Clapton: The Autobigraphy”

Ta-Nehisi Coates “Between the World and Me”

Gregory Coles “Single, Gay, Christian”

Suzanne Collins “The Hunger Games”

Andy Crouch “The Tech-Wise Family”

Andy Crouch “Strong and Weak”

Michael Eric Dyson “Tears We Cannot Stop”

Emerson Eggerichs “Before You Hit Send”

John Eldredge “All Things New”

Cary Elwes “As you Wish”

Rachel Held Evans “Evolving In Monkey Town”

Doug Fields “Help! I’m A Student Leader”

Victor Frankl “Man’s Search for Meaning”

Michael Frost & Alan Hirsch “ReJesus”

Chip Gaines “Capital Gaines”

Louie Giglio “The Comeback”

Louie Giglio “Goliath Must Fall”

Greg Gilbert “What Is the Gospel?”

Jeff Goins “Real Artists Don’t Starve”

Jon Gordon “The Energy Bus”

Craig & Amy Groeschel “From This Day Forward”

Jen Hatmaker “Of Mess and Moxie”

Nancy Heche “The Truth Comes Out”

Alan Hirsch “5Q”

Jon Huckins w/Rob Yackley “Thin Places”

Bill Hybels “Just Walk Across the Room”

Kyle Idelman “Grace Is Greater”

Walter Isaacson “Steve Jobs”

Timothy Keller “Prayer”

Timothy Keller “Generous Justice”

C.S. Lewis “A Grief Observed”

Rebecca Gregoire Lindenbach “Why I Didn’t Rebel”

Martin Luther King, Jr. “I Have A Dream and Letter From Birmingham Jail”

Stephen Mansfield “The Search for God and Guinness”

Brenda Salter McNeil “Roadmap to Reconciliation”

Matt Mikalatos “My Imaginary Jesus”

Lesslie Newbigin “The Open Secret”

Carey Nieuwhof “Lasting Impact”

Henri Nouwen “Life of the Beloved”

R.J. Palacio “Wonder”

Eugene Peterson “Run With the Horses”

Mac Pier “A Disruptive Generosity”

David Platt “Follow Me”

Soong-Chan Rah “Prophetic Lament”

Thom S. Rainer “I Am A Church Member”

Tom Rath and Barry Conchie “Strengths Based Leadership”

Deidra Riggs “One: Unity in a Divided World”

Alan Roxburgh “Missional”

Greg Scheer “Essential Worship”

Nelson Searcy “Fusion”

Trent Sheppard “Jesus Journey”

Preston Sprinkle “Living In a Gray World”

Preston Sprinkle “People To Be Loved”

John Steinbeck “Of Mice and Men”

Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger with Jeffrey Zaslow “Highest Duty”

J.R.R. Tolkien “The Fellowship of the Ring”

Desmond Tutu “No Future Without Forgiveness”

Mark Twain “How To Tell A Story and Other Essays”

Walter Wangerin, Jr. “Wounds Are Where Light Enters”

Benjamin Watson “Under Our Skin”

Michael Wear “Reclaiming Hope”

Carlos Whittaker “Kill the Spider”

Jared C. Wilson “The Imperfect Disciple”

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