Books I’ve Been Reading In 2017


Books I’ve Been Reading In 2017

When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments.   

2 Timothy 4:13 (ESV)

In the text above the Apostle, Paul asks Timothy to come to him soon and to be sure to bring three very important items with him. The first is his cloak in to guard against the cold no doubt. The second item is some books, and the third is the parchments, which contained the Scriptures. Reading God’s Word and good books to help him understand God’s Word was very important to Paul and it should be to us as well. By multiple requests each year I publish a list of the books I’ve been reading. You’ve probably seen similar lists. Recently I’ve saved several myself. These are helpful to discover new and interesting books each year. They are also helpful in that they are encouragements for us to keep our diligence in our own personal discipline of reading good books. It is in that spirit I offer to you my list, which compared to last year was shortened considerably due to the many challenges this year presented. Perhaps one of these will catch your eye and peak your interest enough to give some time to this easily overlooked but sorely needed exercise. 

# 1. The Key To Your Child’s Heart, Gary Smalley.

# 2. Prayer, Finding The Heart’s True Home, Richard Foster.

# 3. The Highland Scots Of North Carolina (1732-1776), Duane Meyer.

# 4. The Mystery Of God, Christopher Hall & Steve Boyer.

# 5. The Christian Ministry, Charles Bridges.

# 6. Spiritual Leadership, J. Oswald Sanders. For me, this was a reread. I’m not sure how many times I’ve read this classic work on spiritual leadership but each time has been worth the time and effort. 

# 7. Joshua, A Mighty Warrior And A Man Of Faith, W. Phillip Keller.

# 8. Alexander Solzhenitsyn, A Century In His Life, D. M. Thomas.

# 9. Complete Sermons of Martin Luther, vol. 7.

# 10. Some Fruits Of Solitude, Proverbs, Wisdom, and Principles For A Better Life, William Penn.

# 11. Jonathan Edwards, A Life, George Marsden. This was the second time I’ve read this book. My confession is that the second time is a charm for me on this one. When I read this last year it I walked away with a much lower estimation of the work. In spite of this experience, I was compelled to give it another chance and I’m glad I did. 

# 12. John, Word Biblical Commentary, George R. Beasley-Murray.

# 13. Studies In Genesis, A.W. Pink.

# 14. The Historical Reliability Of John’s Gospel, Issues & Commentary, Craig L. Blomberg.

# 15. The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Crossway Publishers.  

I wish I had a little more space to say a word about each of these books. Catch me in the hall or send me an email if you would like to know more about any of them. If you want to grow as a believer in Christ, the reading of Scripture and the right books are irreplaceable. Let me encourage you to set yourself an attainable goal for reading in the coming year. Do not do it to keep up with anyone or for any other reason than to grow as a believer in Christ and a person. Make reading the Bible part of your daily routine. Pick other good books to enrich your life throughout the year. These are just the ones that I had time for this year. I hope this list inspires you to read in 2018! 

Our Love In Christ, 

Pastor Scott

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