This is Year #5 for me doing an annual book plan. I’ve been trying to streamline the process year by year to see if I can get better. Last year, I read 69 books. My book plan had twenty-two books total of which I read eleven. So, 50% isn’t a horrible number, but I certainly want to do my best to move closer to achieving 100% read on my list.
I never used to be the guy who would read halfway through a book and then just leave it, but it’s been happening more and more. A number of the books on my list for this year are books that were started in 2017 or before which I never finished. Call it a Year of Jubilee, trying to play catch up a little bit.
I’ve tried to pepper my list with books that are strictly for enjoyment. Finally going to finish the Lord of the Rings trilogy of books for the first time in my life.
I’ve also got a number of books that are related to my position as a pastor. They run the gamut on topics as my role is fairly diverse. Just like baseball teams have utility players, I feel like I’m a utility pastor in many ways, playing roles across the board and filling in gaps as they need to be filled.
There are 30 books total on this list, a bolder number than the 22 books that were on last year’s list. But I have been intentionally setting aside books over the last few months, piling them up on my desk and keeping them in front of me as I’ve looked towards compiling this list.
As always, I am open to book suggestions. As I’ve posted my Books Read In 2017 post on social media, I have had people make recommendations which I hope to follow through on in 2018.
Here’s hoping for a more successful completion of my list in 2018!
Bill Bryson “A Walk in the Woods”
Steven Curtis Chapman “Between Heaven & the Real World”
G.K. Chesterton “Orthodoxy”
Bruce Cockburn “Rumours of Glory”
Chris Crowley & Henry S. Lodge, M.D. “Younger Next Year”
David Daniell “William Tyndale – A Biography”
Kevin DeYoung “The Hole in Our Holiness”
Shusaku Endo “Silence”
Zack Eswine “Preaching to a Post-Everything World”
Michael Frost “Incarnate”
Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch “The Shaping of Things to Come”
Nicky Gumble “Alpha – Questions of Life”
Caleb Kaltenbach “Messy Grace”
Tim Keller “Center Church”
Erik Larson “The Devil in the White City”
Joseph Loconte “A Hobbit, A Wardrobe, and A Great War”
Barack Obama “The Audacity of Hope”
Stacy Perman “In-N-Out Burger”
Eugene Peterson “As Kingfishers Catch Fire”
John Piper “Brothers, We Are Not Professionals”
Kara Powell, Jake Mulder, and Brad Griffin “Growing Young”
Soong-Chan Rah “The Next Evangelicalism”
Francis Schaeffer “The Church Before the Watching World”
Francis Schaeffer “The Church at the End of the 20th Century”
James K.A. Smith “You Are What You Love”
Paul Tillich “Dynamics of Faith”
J.R.R. Tolkien “The Two Towers”
J.R.R. Tokien “Return of the King”
J.R.R. Tolkien “The Tolkien Reader”
Tish Harrison Warren “Liturgy of the Ordinary”