Here is my list of books read in 2019. It is heavy on Christian non-fiction, but you will notice other types such as classic literature and historical non-fiction. There are links for the books I reviewed. I still plan to review the last book about Acts, maybe a couple others too. I plan to re-read The Cross and the Lynching Tree in 2020. This book really challenged me. I was a bit overwhelmed by it and thus want to re-read it before attempting a review.
Most of the books I read were worthwhile. I’ve seen readers talk about starting books but not finishing them. This rarely happens to me. I think it is for several related reasons. I am careful about what I read. There is generally a purpose or specific thought process behind my choices. I read books that are about topics that interest me, books that are recommended by those whose opinion I respect, etc. I usually don’t read something on a whim.
I had some formatting problems with this list, so sorry if things don’t line up perfectly. Take a quick look. Maybe some books will catch your eye! Whether I review a book or not is for variable reasons, and the lack of a review does not mean a book was not worthwhile.
1. Letter Writing in Greco-Roman Antiquity by Stanley Stowers – Review here.
2. Exodus by Leon Uris – Review here.
3. Susie, The Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon by Ray Rhodes Jr. – Review here.
4. Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, & Criminal in 19th-Century New York
by Stacy Horn
5. Auschwitz Trials, Letters From an Eyewitness by Emmi Bonhoeffer
6. The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James Cone
7. Studies in the Sermon on the Mount by Oswald Chambers
8. John Nelson Darby, a Biography by Max Weremchuk – Thoughts here.
9. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemmingway
10. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
11. The Dogs of Snoqualmie by Calvin Miller
12. Holding God Hostage: When Faith Becomes Presumption by Watson and
Schmidt – Review here.
13. Making Marriage Beautiful by D. Greco – Review here.
14. The Great Escape by Paul Brickhill
15. The Pursuit of God by AW Tozer
16. Gospel Women, Studies of the Named Women in the Gospels by R. Bauckham – Review here.
17. The Messiah in the Old Testament by Walter Kaiser, Jr. – Review here.
18. Between Heaven and Hell (apologetics) by Peter Kreeft – Review here.
19. In the Kingdom of Ice, The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS
Jeannette by Hampton Sides
20. Love so Amazing, Expositions of Colossians 1 by D. Martin Lloyd Jones
21. From Queer to Christ by George Carneal – Review here.
22. Still, Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis by Lauren Winner. – Review here.
23. Coffee Shop Conversation, Making the Most of Spiritual Small Talk by Dale
and Jocelyn Fincher
24. Jesus Christ and the Life of the Mind by Mark Knoll – Review here.
25. Grace will Lead us Home, The Charleston Church Massacre and the Hard,
Inspiring Journey to Forgiveness by Jennifer Berry Hawes
26. The Radical Wesley, The Patterns and Practice of a Movement Maker by
27. The Rise of Theological Liberalism and the Decline of American Methodism by James Heidinger – Review here.
28. Galatians and You by Norman Bartlett
29. Cumberland Island: Strong Women, Wild Horses by Charles Seabrook
30. A Violent Grace by Michael Card (re-read)
31. Love & Respect: The Love She Most Desires; The Respect He Desperately
Needs by Emerson Eggerichs – Review here.
32. Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
33. On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder
34. A Room Called Remember by Frederick Buechner
35. Men & Women in Christ, Fresh Light From the Biblical Text by Andrew Bartlett – Review here.
36. Seven Days that Divide the World: The Beginning According to Genesis and Science by John Lennox
37. The Fulfillment, Jesus and the Old Testament by Timothy Tennent – Review here.
38. Letters to a Diminished Church: Passionate Arguments for the Relevance of Christian Doctrine by Dorothy Sayers
39. The Liberator: One World War II Soldier’s 500-Day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau by Alex Kershaw
40. Who is this Man? The Unpredictable Impact of the Inescapable Jesus by John Ortberg – Review here.
41. Auschwitz, The Nazis & and the Final Solution by Lawrence Rees
42. Hitler’s Willing Executioners, Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen
43. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
44. True to the Faith: Charting the Course Through the Acts of the Apostles by David W. Gooding – Review here.
I do have a 45th book in progress, but I won’t finish it before the end of the year.
Bible reading: Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Galatians
Magazine reading: Christianity Today, The Smithsonian, and several nature ones. I also get the alumni magazine from my seminary and World Vision’s magazine since we sponsor a child.
⇒ ⇒ If you have a book list for 2019, feel free to comment and share the link. Did you read any of the same books as me? Your thoughts welcome.