Books I’ve Read In 2009

In 2001 at the age of 25, I read my first legitimate book from cover to cover. I was not raised a reader. In fact, I hated reading! I only looked at books for pictures. However, things changed that year. That fall, I enrolled in school at a masters level for a seminary education at Southeastern in Wake Forest, NC.

Over time, with God’s help, I learned to become a reader. Then something happened. I learned to love reading. Today I sat down to reflect on what I have read this year, and plan on reading in 2010.

Right now I am reading…

The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki
Bitesize Theology by Peter Jeffrey (This is a systematic theology book I am reading with my oldest child)
Hints for Parents by Gardner Spring with Tedd Tripp (Reading this with my wife Mary)
Souls in Transition by Christian Smith
A Church in the House by Matthew Henry edited by Scott Brown

Books I have read 2009…
Keep in mind I am reading motivated by a doctoral degree I am pursuing at Southeastern Seminary. I would much rather read fewer books that I spend more time digesting. Nevertheless, here are books I have read this year in two categories, Doctoral Studies and Personal Choice.

Read for Doctoral Studies in 2009:
The Forgotten Ways
by Alan Hirsch
by Mcdow and Alvin Reid
Breaking the Missional Code
by Ed Stetzer and David Putman
Life Together
by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Planting New Churches in a Postmodern Age
by Ed Stetzer
The Present Future
by Reggie McNeal
Confessions of a Radical Reformission Rev
by Mark Driscoll
Total Church
by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis
Rediscovering the Lost Treasure of Family Worship
by Jerry Marcellino
Thoughts on Family Worship by James W. Alexander
The Family at Church
by Joel Beeke
The Case for Family Worship by George Hammond
Your Family God’s Way
by Wayne Mack
Jonathon Edwards On Revival by Jonathon Edwards
The Spontaneous Spread of Home-Discipleship Christian by Henry Reyenga
The Emerging Church by Dan Kimball
Missionary Methods by Roland Allen
The Multiplying Church by Bob Roberts
Organic Church by Neil Cole
On Writing Well by William Zinsser
A Family Well-Ordered by Cotton Mather
The Strong Family by Church Swindoll
Parenting Isn’t for Cowards by James Dobson
Perspectives On Family Ministry by Timothy Paul Jones
Parent’s Concerns for their Unsaved Children by Edward Lawrence
Rite of Passage Parenting by Walker Moore
Everyday Talk: Talking Freely and Naturally About God with Your Children by John A. Younts
Teach Them Diligently by Lou Priolo
Raising Children God’s Way by D. Martin Lloyd-Jones

Books Read by Choice in 2009:
Don’t get me wrong, the books above were books I wanted to read. The topic I chose for my doctoral research was my choice, but these books were read in addition to my studies…

Bible by God (finishing reading through it in a year for the 6th time)
What He Must Be by Voddie Baucham
Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God by J.I. Packer
Saved From What? by R.C. Sproul
Spurgeon v. Hyper-Calvinism by Iain Murray
Why the Ten Commandments Matter by D. James Kennedy
Sticky Church by Larry Osborne
Young, Restless, Reformed by Collin Hansen
John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion Doctrine & Doxology edited by Burk Parsons
Dear Timothy edited by Thomas Ascol

Here is what I plan on reading in the beginning part of 2010:

Bible (starting a new “read the Bible in a year” plan)
The Trellis and the Vine by Colin Marshall and Tony Payne
Chosen by God by R.C. Sproul
The Gospel & Personal Evangelism by Mark Dever
The Shack by Wm. Paul Young
The Secret of Intercession by Andrew Murray
The Autobiography of George Muller

A good portion of my reading comes from recommendations from friends. What are you planning on reading? What could you recommend?


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