Another years has flown by and in its wake are a fewer books read than I had hoped but a good pile of books nonetheless.
At the beginning of each year for 10 years I have blogged about the reading I did the previous year. You can read those other posts here: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018. And now I am at it again. I blog about the past year of reading for several reasons which I have shared in the past and will share again today.
First, it is a means of holding myself accountable. I value reading and intend to make it an integral part of my life. By making my reading life public, I can allow people a glimpse into one of the disciplines of my life.
Second, I hope for my reading history to be an encouragement to others. Though I know many others who read much more than I do, nevertheless, my year-long record of reading often surprises people in terms of what is possible if reading is a priority. I have a full-time job and five kids heavily involved in extra-curricular activities. A very small portion of my reading occurs at work; though, I think I should read more at work and I hope to do so in 2020. I think that if I can share some of my successes with reading, that other busy people will be encouraged to read more. And that, in my estimation, would be a good thing.
Third, to give glory to God. It is by grace that we read, desire to read, learn from our reading. The fact that my life allows me time to read, and that I have the faculties to do so, are nothing more than gifts from God to a person who has done nothing to deserve such favour.
Here is a list of the books I read in 2020:
- John Newton by Jonathan Aitken
- Supernatural Power for Everyday People by Jared Wilson
- The Freedom of the Will by Jonathan Edwards
- The World-Tilting Gospel by Dan Philips
- Biblical Theology by Nick Roark and Robert Cline
- Understanding the Lord's Supper by Bobby Jamieson
- The Works of John Newton: Volume 1 by John Newton
- Understanding the Congregation's Authority by Jonathan Leeman
- Pierced for Our Transgressions by Steve Jeffery, Mike Ovey, and Andrew Sach
- The Common Rule by Justin Whitmel Earley
- The Works of John Newton: Volume 2 by John Newton
- Heart to Heart: Octavius Winslow's Experimental Preaching by Tanner G. Turley
- The Inquirer Directed to an Experimental and Practical View of the Atonement by Octavius Winslow
- The Works of John Newton: Volume 3 by John Newton
- Missions by Andy Johnson
- The Gospel-Driven Church by Jared Wilson
- Date Your Wife by Justin Buzzard
- The Works of John Newton: Volume 4 by John Newton
- The Works of John Newton: Volume 5 by John Newton
- Can I Trust the Bible? by R. C. Sproul
- Does God Control Everything? by R. C. Sproul
- Who Is the Holy Spirit? by R. C. Sproul
- What Did Jesus' Parables Mean? by R. C. Sproul
- What Is Faith? by R. C. Sproul
- The Works of John Newton: Volume 6 by John Newton
In a few weeks I’ll make some comments about some of the books on this list to give you some insight to some of these books. For now, let me encourage you to start reading, keep on reading, and read some more as it applies to you!