Convicted by the veracity with which the rest of my family reads, I have purposed to read more frequently in 2020.
Below is a running list of all the books that I have read in 2020. In most cases I will attempt to give my brief thoughts on the books, should that be of any interest to you.
- Nancy Guthrie, What Grieving People Wish You Knew about What Really Helps (and What Really Hurts)
- Arthur G. Bennett, The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions
Currently “reading.” Using the guide from joethorn.net/valley
- Andrew Yang, The War on Normal People: The Truth About America’s Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our Future
Confession: I read this in 2019. It was one of the only books I read in 2019. But, it is a truly fascinating book. I finished it in 2 days. Recommended.
- Martin Luther King, Jr, Letter From Birmingham Jail: April 16, 1963
Short, powerful, and convicting.
- Sam Crabtree, Practicing Affirmation: God-Centered Praise of Those Who Are Not God
I need to be better at affirmation. This book reminded me of this and, in that regard, was helpful. I appreciate Sam’s attempt to help me think about how to glorify God in my affirmation of others. That said, I didn’t love the book and had a few difficulties as I worked through it.
- Timothy Keller, Walking with God through Pain and Suffering
Theological sound and personally helpful. However, if you are walking through pain and suffering, this may or may not be the right book to pick up. While Keller argues, rightly, the wrestling with deep theological topics is important for those suffering, he also states rightly that there aren’t one-size-fits-all “solutions” for those suffering. I am sure that I will return to many sections of this book for help and encouragement.
- Paul Tautges, Comfort the Grieving: Ministering God’s Grace in Times of Loss (Practical Shepherding Series)
A very good book for one new to pastoral ministry. I found some helpful reminders, ideas, and resources in the book.