With 2019 coming to a close, and since I have benefited from seeing what others read, I’m posting the books I read completely in 2019. While a book’s inclusion is not indicative of agreement, I do give most of these books at least 3/5 stars. You can see individual ratings on my Good Reads page.

Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World’s Largest ReligionMcLaughlin, Rebecca
Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your FamilyTripp, Paul David
On the IncarnationAthanasius of Alexandria
The Knowledge of the HolyTozer, A.W.
The Doctrine of GodFrame, John M
Your Future Self Will Thank You: Secrets to Self-Control from the Bible and Brain ScienceDyck, Drew
Practicing Affirmation: God-Centered Praise of Those Who Are Not GodCrabtree, Sam
Handbook on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament: Exegesis and InterpretationBeale, G.K.
From Chaos to Cosmos: Creation to New CreationGreidanus, Sidney
Can We Trust the Gospels?Williams, Peter J.
We Are All Philosophers: A Christian Introduction to Seven Fundamental QuestionsFrame, John M
The Porn ProblemRoberts, Vaughan
Every Square Inch: An Introduction to Cultural Engagement for ChristiansAshford, Bruce
Good Without God: What a Billion Nonreligious People Do BelieveEpstein, Greg M.
Aspects Of Christian Social EthicsHenry, Carl F.H.
Christian WorldviewBavinck, Herman
The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to FailChristensen, Clayton M.
Godly Conversation: Rediscovering the Puritan Practice of ConferenceJung, Joanne J.
Creation Regained: Biblical Basics for a Reformational WorldviewWolters, Albert M.
What Is Humanism and Why Does It Matter?Pinn, Anthony B.
Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the FutureThiel, Peter
Excusing Sinners and Blaming God: A Calvinist Assessment of Determinism, Moral Responsibility, and Divine Involvement in Evil (Princeton Theological Monograph Series Book 0)Bignon, Guillaume
Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy WorldNewport, Cal
By This Standard: The Authority of God’s Law TodayBahnsen, Greg L.
Letters to an American ChristianAshford, Bruce Riley
Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to TechnologyPostman, Neil
The Apostles’ Creed: Discovering Authentic Christianity in an Age of CounterfeitsMohler Jr., R. Albert
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About RacismDiAngelo, Robin
Our Triune God: Living in the Love of the Three-in-OneRyken, Philip Graham
The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian NationDreher, Rod
A Justice PrimerWilson, Douglas
Letters to a Mormon ElderWhite, James R.
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and ReligionHaidt, Jonathan
The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful GroupsCoyle, Daniel
New Testament Theology: Magnifying God in ChristSchreiner, Thomas R.
How the Nations Rage: Rethinking Faith and Politics in a Divided AgeLeeman, Jonathan
Critical Race Theory:: An IntroductionDelgado, Jean Stefancic Richard
Work: Its Purpose, Dignity, and TransformationDoriani, Daniel M.
Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent DesignMeyer, Stephen C.
Mark (Commentary)Strauss, Mark L.
1 Peter (Commentary)Grudem, Wayne A.
Work and Our Labor in the LordHamilton Jr., James M.
Understanding Biblical Theology: A Comparison of Theory and PracticeKlink III, Edward W.
Woke Church: An Urgent Call for Christians in America to Confront Racism and InjusticeMason, Eric
The Gospel-Driven Church: Uniting Church Growth Dreams with the Metrics of GraceWilson, Jared C.
He Is Not Silent: Preaching in a Postmodern WorldMohler Jr., R. Albert
The Unsaved Christian: Reaching Cultural Christianity with the GospelInserra, Dean
Unjust: Social Justice and the Unmaking of AmericaRothman, Noah
1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus (Commentary)Thomas, Robert L.
Preaching in the New TestamentGriffiths, Jonathan
12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing YouReinke, Tony
The Very Best of Spurgeon’s Sermons from the Book of RomansSpurgeon, Charles Haddon
The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in RacismTisby, Jemar
A Peculiar Glory: How the Christian Scriptures Reveal Their Complete TruthfulnessPiper, John
Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative CallingCrouch, Andy
Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository SermonChapell, Bryan
Spurgeon: A New BiographyDallimore, Arnold A.
Your Future Self Will Thank You: Secrets to Self-Control from the Bible and Brain ScienceDyck, Drew
The Two Kingdoms: A Guide for the Perplexed (Davenant Guides #2)Littlejohn, W. Bradford
Everyday Theology: How to Read Cultural Texts and Interpret TrendsVanhoozer, Kevin J.

2 thoughts on “The Books I Read in 2019

  1. I wasn’t expecting such an expansive list. Pretty impressive, sir. Do you take notes or highlight? How do you retain from so many books in a short amount of time?

    1. Hey Jordan!

      I’d highly recommend the book, "How to Read a book". Here’s a summary of part of the method, at least for how she recommends marking up a book. I use an adapted method that’s similar http://www.tnellen.com/cybereng/adler.html

      Summary of book here: https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/how-to-read-a-book/

      I do take some notes, though not as many as I’d like to.

      I also read different books differently. Some are fast, "big idea" books. Some get a much slower, detailed reading.

      I read books in larger chunks, if I can; not 5 minutes here, 10 minutes there. This is leads to better understanding and comprehension, though one can take this too far.

      I don’t watch TV, so this allows time to read. And I listen to books sometimes in the car or on walks.

      I’m sure we can continue this convo next time we see each other too!


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