Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Ramble: Christian Book Read 2016

My audacious goal for 2016 was to read 50 Christian Books, I read 26. The original goal was as unrealistic as I thought. But 26, or 2 per month, was a fine pace and one I will attempt to duplicate in 2017.

Of the 26, the both Willard books were my favorite, followed closely by Can Man Live Without God? by Ravi Zacharias. As for the ones I liked lease, the third Tara Leigh Cobble book (but only because she blathered about romance more than anything else) and the Levi Lusko and Lysa Terkeurst, both because I felt they had some theological errors, But the one that I like the least was the Lenya Heitzig Bible Study.

The Best:  The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard

The Worst:  Live Reflectively: Lessons from the Watershed Moments of Moses by Lenya Heitzig

The topics ranged from apologetics to instructional to prayer to history to general prose. I enjoyed seeing the different authors connect in unexpected ways. Several have lend me to purchase further books on the topic and will show up in my 2017 read.

Here is what I read:

1.  In the Heart of The Desert: The Spirituality of the Desert Fathers and Mothers by John Chryssavgis

2. Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God by Francis Chan

3. Named by God: Overcoming Your Past, Transforming Your Present, Embracing Your Future by Kasey Van Norman

4. A Song and A Prayer: Devotional Thoughts From L'Abri by Betty Carlson

5. The Case for the Real Jesus: A Journalist Investigates Current Attacks on the Identity of Christ by Lee Strobel

6. Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God by Dallas Willard (Updated and Expanded Edition)

7. Here's to Hindsight by Tara Leigh Cobble

8. Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food by Lysa Terkeurst

9. It Hurts So Bad, Lord: What to Do When the Pain is Almost More than You Can Bear by Andrew D. Lester

10.Through the Eyes of a Lion: Facing Impossible Pain, Finding Incredible Power by Levi Lusko

11. The Poems of St. John of the Cross trans by John Frederick Nims

12. The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard

Crowded Skies: Letters to Manhattan by Tara Leigh Cobble

14. Orange Jumpsuit: Letters to the God of Freedom by Tara Leigh Cobble

15. Stories of God by Rainer Maria Rilke, trans. by M.D. Herter Norton

16. Under God by Toby Mac and Michael Tait

17. Made to Crave: 60 Day Devotional by Lysa TerKeurst

18. The Divine Hours: Prayers for Summertime by Phyllis Tickle

19. The Divine Hours: Prayers for Springtime by Phyllis Tickle

20. The Divine Hours: Prayers for Autumn and Wintertime by Phyllis Tickle

21. Tozer on the Almighty God: A 366-Day Devotional compiled by Ron Eggert

22. Can Man Live Without God? by Ravi Zacharias

23. Has Christianity Failed You? by Ravi Zacharias

24. Live Reflectively: Lessons from the Watershed Moments of Moses by Lenya Heitzig

25. The Power of the Blood of Christ by Andrew Murray

26. Diary of an Old Soul by George MacDonald

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