It breaks my heart to hear about people who never read. We've probably all seen the statistics. A very large percentage of the adult population never reads a book again after college. I would gather that a large percentage never even read a full book throughout their high school or college careers. What a shame.
Anyway, I refuse to be one of those people. Several years ago I set a goal for myself to read at least 2 books a month. I have kept that goal going every year since. Some years I have read way more than that. Other years, I'm barely at my quota. 2016 was not a big reading year for me. But I did manage to read more than 2 books per month. My wife puts me to shame on this, but she is a much faster reader than I am, so....yeah.
Here is a list of the books I read last year in order of completion. Some were great. Others not so much. A few were life-changing. Others were rather forgettable. Regardless, we become the sum total of the stories we experience.
- The Day I Met Jesus, by Frank Viola and Mary Demuth
- Man of God, by Charles Stanley
- How to Start a Riot, by Jonathan Storment
- More or Less, by Jeff Shinabarger
- God's Pursuit of Man, by A.W. Tozer
- Magnus Chase: The Sword of Summer, by Rick Riordan
- Taking Theology to Youth Ministry, by Andrew Root
- Jesus > Religion, by Jefferson Bethke
- An Abundance of Katherines, by John Green
- King of Thorns, by Mark Lawrence
- Emperor of Thorns, by Mark Lawrence
- Searching for Sunday, by Rachel Held Evans
- Love Does, by Bob Goff
- Jesus Creed, by Scot McKnight
- Accidental Saints, by Nadia Bolz-Weber
- Paper Towns, by John Green
- A Farewell to Mars, by Brian Zahnd
- Deeply Odd, by Dean Koontz
- The Ranger's Apprentice: The Ruins of Golan, by John Flanagan
- The Ranger's Apprentice: The Burning Bridge, by John Flanagan
- Finding God in the Waves, by Mike McHargue
- Saint Odd, by Dean Koontz
- The Road Back to You, by Ian Cron and Suzanne Stabile
- Magnus Chase: Thor's Hammer, by Rick Riodan
- The Trials of Apollo, by Rick Riordan
- Steal Like an Artist, by Austin Kleon
- The Deborah Club, by D.W. Pierce
- The Bible Tells Me So, by Peter Enns
So that's my list. Looking back, I can remember where I was in life while reading these books - trips I was on, emotions I was wrestling with, how I was growing and changing as a person. When reading a book, a little bit of that author remains with you, becomes part of you - just like eating a meal.
FAVORITE BOOKS I READ IN 2016
Some books I look forward to reading (or am currently working on) this year:
- Water to Wine, by Brian Zahnd
- God's Favorite Place on Earth, by Frank Viola
- How to Survive a Shipwreck, by Jonathan Martin
- The Day the Revolution Began, by N.T. Wright
- Present Over Perfect, by Shauna Niequist
- In addition to reading the whole Bible in somewhat chronological order
What would you add to that list? What good books have you read that you would recommend?