Over the last few years I have developed a reading system, which I shared about in a previous post (Reading Two Five), so I thought I would share my reading lists from the past few years as I developed the system.
Here are the books I read in 2015. This was the year I was finishing course work and planning my MA Thesis, and also the year I began working as a full-time worship pastor. My reading tended to favour those areas.
- Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott
- The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
- Animal Farm by George Orwell
- Candide by Voltaire
- King Lear by William Shakespeare
- Burmese Days by George Orwell
- Brave New World by Alduos Huxley
Standout: The Brothers Karamazov. This was not an easy read, but it was rewarding. There are so many different scenes and plot points that demand reflection.
- A Farewell to Mars by Brian Zahn
- What Does The Lord Require? by Bruce Birch
- Philosophy of Religion ed. by David Stewart
- Social Justice in Ancient Israel by Moshe Weinfeld
- 52 Greek Devotions ed. by J. Scott Duvall & Verlyn D. Verbrugge
- The Evolution of Adam by Peter Enns
Standout: 52 Greek Devotions. This was a great way to refresh me on the value of Greek to biblical study.
- Theology & Doxology ed. by Matt Boswell
- Art and the Bible by Francis A. Schaeffer
- Ancient Future Worship by Robert E. Webber
- Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmul
Standouts: Creativity, Inc., and Art And The Bible. It was fascinating to read about the working environment and processes of Pixar, and Schaeffer’s brief study of what the Bible says about art was confirming.
- Love Does by Bob Goff
Standout: Love Does by Bob Goff. The wild and quirky stories from Goff’s life give such an important challenge of how to live a life of love.
- Ruthless Trust by Brennan Manning
- First 100 Days by T. Scott Daniels
- Next Generation Leader by Andy Stanley
- Death by Meeting by Patrick Lencioni
- Courageous Leadership by Bill Hybels
Standout: Death by Meeting by Patrick Lencioni. This is the first Lencioni book I have read but I appreciated his style and perspective on meetings.
Here are other reading lists:
What are some of your best book recommendations? Let me know in the comments below.