Here is the list of books I read in 2017. It was a fun year of reading for me! I managed to squeeze 64 books in this year. I’ve separated the books into categories (though Christian Non-Fiction always seems difficult to categorize for me) and they are in alphabetical order there (other than books in sets or series), with notes under the book title where I found appropriate.
A Grief Sanctified (Including Richard Baxter’s Timeless Memoire of His Wife’s Life and Death): Through Sorrow to Eternal Hope – J.I. Packer
Alexander Hamilton – Ron Chernow
*Much less hip-hop than I was expecting (Ha. Ha. Ha). A great read that lived up to the hype nonetheless.
Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery – Eric Metaxes
*As beautiful and engaging as his Bonhoeffer.
Andrew Murray: Christ’s Anointed Minister to South Africa – Vance Christie
The Daring Mission of William Tyndale – Steven Lawson
The Heroic Boldness of Martin Luther – Steven Lawson
End of the Spear – Steve Saint
The Hiding Place – Corrie Ten Boom
*I can’t believe it took me 29 years to finally read this book. An incredible life.
The Last Lion: Alone (1932-1940) – William Manchester
*Manchester is a master storyteller. The prologue, The Lion Caged, alone is worth the price of the book. As I’ve heard that this is the highlight of this trilogy that I started last year, and Manchester died before completing the third volume (leaving his work to be finished by another author), I’m considering whether or not I’ll want to invest the time into the last 1,000+ pages of the completed biography.
The New King James Version: In the Great Tradition – Arthur Farstad
The Reformation: How a Monk and a Mallet Changed the World – Stephen Nichols
The Story of Christianity Volume I – Justo Gonzalez
The Story of Christianity Volume II – Justo Gonzalez
*This is my first real read of a complete church history, and Gonzalez knocked it out of the park as far as informing me and keeping me engaged. Bruce Shelley’s is up next for 2018
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian – C.S. Lewis
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader – C.S. Lewis
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair – C.S. Lewis
*I’ve been having a blast reading through these for the first time since Jr. High with my 3-year-old daughter. I think the Silver Chair is my favorite, and I look forward to completing the series this year with Maggie. I literally tear up almost every time Aslan appears.
Pride & Prejudice – Jane Austen
*Loved it and recommend it! I’ve invested far too little in great fiction throughout my life so far. This helped fuel my passion to correct that in the coming years.
The House at Pooh Corner – A. A. Milne
The Shack – William Young
*Read it. Hated it. Wrote a review here.
Experiencing the Trinity – Joe Thorn
*Man, this book spoke to my heart so well. This, along with Awe and None Like Him, were the best books for my heart this year.
New Morning Mercies – Paul Tripp
Psalms: The Prayer Book of the Bible – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Apologetics: A Justification of Christian Belief – John Frame
*I love Frame’s approach to apologetics. My plan is to hit up Geisler’s volume next year for a contrast in outlook on defending the faith.
Canon Revisited – Michael Kruger
*This book was nearly perfect. I finished it with what I believe Kruger would have wanted for any reader: a renewed confidence in and zeal for the veracity and authority of God’s Word.
Christ Alone – Stephen Wellum
Cur Deus Homo – St. Anselm
The Future of Justification: A Response to N.T. Wright – John Piper
Justification: God’s Plan and Paul’s Vision – N.T. Wright
*This was fun. And made my head hurt. I mostly side with Piper on the issue, while gleaning a ton from Wright’s academic prowess and engaging style but leaving frustrated with his confusing conclusion and refusal to accept the classical view of imputation.
God’s Kingdom Through God’s Covenants: A Concise Biblical Theology – Peter Gentry & Stephen Wellum
How To Choose A Translation For All Its Worth – Gordon Fee & Mark Strauss
How To Read The Bible For All Its Worth – Gordon Fee & Douglas Stuart
How To Read Proverbs – Tremper Longman III
*This was was incredibly valuable to me in prepping for the Proverbs series I taught for our Young Adults group.
How To Read The Psalms – Tremper Longman III
The Lost World of Genesis One – John H. Walton
*I’m still trying really hard to wrap my noodle around this issue.
Song of Songs (from the NICOT commentary series) – Tremper Longman III
Understanding The Bible – John Stott
A Little Book on the Christian Life – John Calvin
The Abolition of Man – C.S. Lewis
Awe – Paul Tripp
*So good for my heart as a preacher and worship leader.
Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story – Michael Horton
Crazy Busy – Kevin DeYoung
The Cross and Christian Ministry – D.A. Carson
Discipleship – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
*This was a revisit to the most influential book in my life apart from the Bible. This is my favorite book.
Erasing Hell – Francis Chan & Preston Sprinkle
Friend-Raising – Betty Barnett
Full Life in Christ – Andrew Murray
*Murray is always good for the soul!
Future Grace – John Piper
*This was somewhat of a paradigm-shifter for me.
The Gospel According to Jesus – John MacArthur
The Gospel: How the Church Portrays the Beauty of Christ – Raymond Ortlund Jr.
The Holiness of God – R.C. Sproul
*Made my top-three all-time most impactful book list (in case you’re wondering, it currently goes: 1. Discipleship (Bonhoeffer), 2. Knowing God (J.I. Packer), 3. This one. Fitting that I met this book the year that Dr. Sproul has gone home to be with Jesus.
How to Listen so People Will Talk – Becky Harling
Jesus, Continued – J.D. Greear
*If J.D. Greear writes a book, you should read it.
Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples – Francis Chan & Mark Beuving
None Like Him – Jen Wilkin
*Again, good for my soul. Wilkin absolutely nailed it.
On Grace & Free Will – Augustine
Poems – C.S. Lewis
Praying Backwards – Bryan Chapell
Prevailing Prayer – D.L. Moody
The Pursuit of God – A.W. Tozer
Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart – J.D. Greear
The Story-Telling God: Seeing the Glory of Jesus in His Parables – Jared Wilson
The Wonder-Working God: Seeing the Glory of Jesus in His Miracles – Jared Wilson
This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence – John Piper