Every January, I choose an array of new books to read in the coming year. Sometimes, I get through all of them, plus a couple dozen others. Other years, I read only one or two from my list, plus several dozen others. Last year, I only read one of the books on my list, but I went through so many others. Many of these I outlined and took notes from, and several I have even used to apply to my life, to effect change. A few were to provoke thought. Some, were simply a good story. There's a place for each of those. Not every book has to be practically applicable in order to benefit.
Of course, the Book of books remains my top read every year. And every year, it precipitates the greatest change! Zephaniah, Matthew, Colossians, Ezekiel.... all leading me upward, to Him Who inhabits its pages.
My list for this year?
A Praying Life by Paul E. Miller
The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller
Onward by Russell Moore
Fierce Convictions by Karen Swallow Prior
The Art of Work by Jeff Goins
Lit! by Tony Reinke
Your God is Too Safe by Mark Buchanan
Heaven by Randy Alcorn
Paradise Lost by John Milton
The Pilgrims Regress by C. S. Lewis
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
Through Many Dangers, The Story of John Newton by Brian Edwards
A bit of this, and some of that. I'm sure I'll be throwing in a book on the philosophy of teaching, and perhaps some historical fiction, plenty of history and more biography. And I still need to finish A Tale of Two Cities, which I started but didn't finish, along with a few others that suffered the same fate.
What are you reading in 2016? What did you read in 2015? What did you like, love, hate? And why? What would you recommend? What made you think? Laugh? Weep?
I'd love to hear from you.