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.



  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
  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)


  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)


  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)


  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)


  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)


  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)


  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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