Reading Challenge 2017

It is my intention to read one book every week.  Here are the books I have on deck for the rest of the year.  I will be putting out a review of the first quarter at the end of March.  I break my reading into three pieces; Fiction, Non-fiction, and theological.  


    My fiction reading this year consists of some of my mainstays.  I am still working my way through Dostoevsky’s works.  I am finishing of Andrew Peterson’s wonderful Wingfeather Saga.  I have a few graphic novels on here, all receiving great reviews in 2016.  I got Chabon and Chesterton because I have had only a taste of their writing, and I want to try some more.  And The Road…. a buddy told me I have to read it.  So I’m gonna read it.

The Adolescent by Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Warden and the Wolf King by Andrew Peterson

Wingfeather Tales by Andrew Peterson

The Man who was Thursday by GK Chesterton

The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon

Jupiters Legacy by Mark Millar and Frank Quietly

Maus by Art Speigelman

Airboy by Robinson and Hinkle

The Road by Cormac McCarthy



    There are some definite themes in my reading this year.  I am reading about poverty a lot these days due to living in a broken American city.  I am trying to see my city with better eyes.  I am also reading a few biographies, because I love em.  Last year I read Cash, this year I am tackling Springsteen.  And there is sprinkled in there other hobbies and struggles.

Demolition means Progress by Andrew Highsmith

The End of Poverty by Jeffrey Sachs 

Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

American Icon by Bryce G. Hoffman

Marvel Comics: The Untold Story by Sean Howe

Dark Knight: A True Batman Story by Paul Dini

Bringing up Boys by James Dobson



    As a pastor, I am constantly preaching, shepherding, and trying to live out Christ’s kingdom in a fallen world.  So I am constantly reading the thoughts and works of others who have gone before me.  This year, i am reading a bit on preaching and leadership, because that is something I can always grow in.  I am reading some thoughts on what it means to make disciples.  I am reading some Lewis, just because I love him.  And I am reading much on Church Governance… because it is an egg I have to crack.  

Preaching by Timothy Keller

Preaching and Preachers by Martin Lloyd Jones

The Pastor as Minor Poet by M. Craig Barnes

The Trellis and the Vine by Colin Marshall

Gaining by Losing by JD Great

Conversion and Discipleship by Hull

Scandalous by DA Carson

When Helping Hurts by Corbett

The Weight of Glory by CS Lewis

Biblical Eldership by Alexander Strauch

Prepare Them To Shepherd by Croft

Finding Faithful Elders and Deacons by Anyabwile

Elders and Leaders by Gene Getz

Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders