Books

I manage to do a fair deal of reading. Below I have picked my favorite eight nonfiction and four fiction books from those I read each year. The choice is not always easy!

C.H. Spurgeon said to “visit many good books, but live in the Bible.” I don’t list the Bible here because I am always reading it, and because, as the written Word of God, the Bible is unique.

2019

  1. Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Distracted World by Cal Newport (nonfiction, 2019)
  2. Fool’s Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion by Os Guinness (nonfiction, 2015)
  3. The Making of a Contemporary Translation: New International Version by various authors, ed. by Kenneth Barker (nonfiction, 1987)
  4. God’s Chosen People: Promised to Israel, Fulfilled in the Church by A. Blake White (nonfiction, 2017)
  5. 12 Rules for Life: an Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson (nonfiction, 2018)
  6. Democracy: Stories in the Long Road to Freedom by Condoleezza Rice (nonfiction, 2017)
  7. Apollo by Charles Murray and Catherine Bly Cox (nonfiction, 1989)
  8. The Abrahamic Promises in Galatians by A. Blake White (nonfiction, 2013)
  9. Nothing to Hide (a Roland March mystery) by J. Mark Bertrand (fiction, 2012)
  10. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo, tr. by Christine Donougher (nonfiction, 1862)
  11. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (fiction, 1908)
  12. Thirty-nine Steps by John Buchan (fiction, 1915)

2018

  1. The Three Languages of Politics by Arnold Kling (nonfiction, 2013)
  2. Undeniable: How Biology Confirms our Intuition that Life is Designed by Douglas Axe (nonfiction, 2016)
  3. Death by Living: Life is Meant to be Spent by N. D. Wilson (nonfiction, 2013)
  4. In Search of Ancient Roots: The Christian Past and the Evangelical Identity Crisis by Kenneth J. Stewart (nonfiction, 2017)
  5. Abraham’s Four Seeds by John G. Reisinger (nonfiction, 1998)
  6. In Defense of Jesus, the New Lawgiver by John G. Reisinger (nonfiction, 2008)
  7. New Covenant Theology: Time for a More Accurate Way by Gary D. Long (nonfiction, 2013)
  8. The Reason for God by Tim Keller (nonfiction, 2008)
  9. Airframe by Michael Crichton (fiction, 1996)
  10. Till We Have Faces: a Myth Retold by C. S. Lewis (fiction, 1956)
  11. Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton (fiction, 2017 posthumous)
  12. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling (fiction, 2000)

2017

  1. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly (nonfiction, 2016)
  2. Andrew Fuller: Baptist Thought and Life by Paul Brewster (nonfiction, 2010)
  3. Improbable Planet: How Earth Became Humanity’s Home by Hugh Ross (nonfiction, 2016)
  4. Finding Truth by Nancy Pearcey (nonfiction, 2015)
  5. 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You by Tony Reinke (nonfiction, 2017)
  6. Rescuing the Gospel: the Story and Significance of the Reformation by Erwin W. Lutzer (nonfiction, 2016)
  7. The Bible, Rocks and Time: Geological Evidence for the Age of the Earth by Davis A. Young and Ralph F. Stearley (nonfiction, 2008)
  8. The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr (nonfiction, 2010)
  9. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs (fiction, 1912)
  10. Dracula by Bram Stoker (fiction, 1897)
  11. S. by Doug Dorst and J.J. Abrams (fiction, 2013)
  12. Crooked House by Agatha Christie (fiction, 1948)
  13. Honorable mention goes to Hatchet and its four sequels by Gary Paulsen, all of which I listened to this year on audiobook (fiction, 1987–2003)

2016

  1. Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation by Blake J. Harris (nonfiction, 2014)
  2. What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Qur’an by James R. White (nonfiction, 2013)
  3. A Song I Knew by Heart by Bret Lott (fiction, 2004)
  4. The Tyranny of Silence by Flemming Rose (nonfiction, 2014)
  5. Moby Dick by Herman Melville (fiction, 1851)
  6. A Quick Introduction to the New Testament by D.A. Carson and Douglas J. Moo (nonfiction, 2005)
  7. A Drive into the Gap by Kevin Guilfoile (nonfiction, 2016)
  8. Notes From the Tilt-a-whirl by N.D. Wilson (nonfiction, 2009)
  9. Who Was Adam? A Creation Model Approach to the Origin of Humanity Ten-year Update by Fazale Rana with Hugh Ross (nonfiction, 2015)
  10. The God of the Machine by Isabel Paterson (nonfiction, 1943)
  11. The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Butterfield (nonfiction, 2012)
  12. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (fiction, 1838)

2015

  1. Moon Lander: How We Developed the Apollo Lunar Module by Thomas J. Kelly (nonfiction, 2002)
  2. Ghosts of Tsavo: Stalking the Mystery Lions of East Africa by Philip Caputo (nonfiction, 2002)
  3. Butterick’s Practical Typography by Matthew Butterick (nonfiction, 2010)
  4. Writing for Lawyers by Hollis T. Hurd (nonfiction, 1982)
  5. Illusion by Frank Peretti (fiction, 2012)
  6. The Warden and the Wolf King Book 4 of the Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson (fiction, 2014)
  7. The Martian by Andy Weir (fiction, 2014)
  8. The Monster in the Hollows Book 3 of the Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson (fiction, 2011)
  9. PCA Historical Center: Creation Study Committee Report to the 28th General Assembly 6/21/2000 by the Presbyterian Church in America (nonfiction, 2000)
  10. A Matter of Days: Resolving a Creation Controversy (Second Expanded Edition) by Hugh Ross (nonfiction, 2015)
  11. The Distinctiveness of Baptist Covenant Theology: A Comparison Between Seventeenth-century Particular Baptist and Paedobaptist Federalism by Pascal Denault (nonfiction, 2014)
  12. Recovering Eden: the Gospel According to Ecclesiastes by Zack Eswine (nonfiction, 2014)

2014

  1. The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano by Olaudah Equiano (nonfiction, 1814)
  2. The Mark of the Christian by Francis Schaeffer (nonfiction, 1970)
  3. Living in God’s Two Kingdoms: A Biblical Vision for Christianity and Culture by David Van Drunen (nonfiction, 2010)
  4. Which Bible Translation Should I Use? A Comparison of Four Major Recent Versions by Wayne Grudem, Douglas Moo, E. Ray Clendenen, and Philip W. Comfort (nonfiction, 2012)
  5. Dune by Frank Herbert (fiction, 1965)
  6. That Hideous Strength by C. S. Lewis (fiction, 1945)
  7. Alive: An Enquiry into the Origin and Meaning of Life by Magnus Verbrugge (nonfiction, 1984)
  8. A Reformed Approach to Science and Scripture by Keith A. Mathison (nonfiction, 2013)
  9. Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie (fiction, 1911)
  10. Letters on Systematic Divinity by Andrew Fuller (nonfiction, 1814)
  11. Perelandra by C. S. Lewis (fiction, 1944)
  12. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki (nonfiction, 1997)

2013

  1. The Road to Serfdom (The Definitive Edition ed. by Bruce Caldwell) by F. A. Hayek (nonfiction)
  2. Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card (fiction, 1999)
  3. Republocrat: Confessions of a Liberal Conservative by Carl R. Trueman (nonfiction, 2010)
  4. The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay (nonfiction, 1788)
  5. The Meaning of Sex: Christian Ethics and the Moral Life by Dennis P. Hollinger (nonfiction)
  6. The Book of God: The Bible as a Novel by Walter Wangerin, Jr. (fiction)
  7. The Gospel Its Own Witness by Andrew Fuller (nonfiction)
  8. Up From Slavery: An Autobiography by Booker T. Washington (nonfiction)
  9. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells (fiction)
  10. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (fiction)
  11. Falling to Earth: An Apollo 15 Astronaut’s Journey to the Moon by Al Worden with Francis French (nonfiction)
  12. The Exemplary Husband: A Biblical Perspective by Stuart Scott (nonfiction)

2012

  1. “Always Ready: Directions for Defending the Faith” by Greg Bahnsen (nonfiction)
  2. “The Universe in a Nutshell” by Stephen Hawking (nonfiction)
  3. “Rethinking Worldview: Learning to Think, Live, and Speak in This World” by J. Mark Bertrand (nonfiction)
  4. “Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right” by Jennifer Burns (nonfiction)
  5. “Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World!” by Andrew Breitbart (nonfiction)
  6. “Pollution and the Death of Man” by Francis A. Schaeffer (nonfiction)
  7. “Apollo 13” by Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger (nonfiction)
  8. “A Secular Faith: Why Christianity Favors the Separation of Church and State” by D. G. Hart (nonfiction)
  9. “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH” by Robert C. O’Brien (fiction, 1971)
  10. “Jurassic Park” by Michael Crichton (fiction)
  11. “The Book of Sorrows” by Walter Wangerin, Jr. (fiction)
  12. “Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell” by Susanna Clarke (fiction)

2011

  1. “Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software” by Charles Petzold (nonfiction)
  2. “Starlight, Time and the New Physics” by John Hartnett (nonfiction)
  3. “The Wages of Spin: Critical Writings on Historical and Contemporary Evangelicalism” by Carl R. Trueman (nonfiction)
  4. “Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science” by Jeff Meldrum (nonfiction)
  5. “Baptists: Key People Involved, Vol. 1” by Tom Nettles (nonfiction)
  6. “The Case for Covenantal Infant Baptism” by various authors, edited by Gregg Strawbridge (nonfiction)
  7. “Keeping the Sabbath Today?” by Jay E. Adams (nonfiction)
  8. “Waters of Creation: A Biblical Theological Study of Baptism” by Douglas Van Dorn (nonfiction)
  9. “The Time Machine” by H.G. Wells (fiction)
  10. “Shutter Island” by Dennis Lehane (fiction)
  11. “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand (fiction)
  12. “The Lord of the Rings” by J. R. R. Tolkien (fiction)

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