I love books. And I not only collect books, but I actually read them (well, not all of them, but I give it a good try). I’m not a particularly fast reader, but I am a persistent reader, so I am able to read a pretty significant number of books every year.
My reading pace started a little bit slowly this year, and then COVID-19 hit and it slowed down more as I attempted to figure out what life and ministry would look like in this new paradigm. But in April, May, and June I regained my stride and am actually on pace to read more books this year than I think I have ever read in one year.
There have been a large number of “ok” books, a few “I can’t finish this one,” and quite a few really good books. Below is a list of the books that I have found particularly well written, interesting, and/or helpful. I have put them into a few broad categories.
Secular non-fiction (typically, history and biography):
- With the Old Breed (E. B. Sledge) — a classic, for good reason
- Sea Stories (William McRaven)
- The Bedford Boys (Alex Kershaw) — a sober account of the D-Day events
- Hal Moore on Leadership (Harold G. Moore and Mike Guardia )
- Destiny of the Republic (Candice Millard) — this might be my favorite book to read this year
- The Glory of Their Times (Lawrence Ritter)
- Hero of the Empire (Candice Millard)
- Sleep No More (P. D. James)
- The Pumpkin Rollers (Elmer Kelton)
- Many a River (Elmer Kelton)
- Texas Rifles (Elmer Kelton)
- This Tender Land (William Kent Krueger) — this was a surprisingly good read: a combination of Huckleberry Finn and The Odyssey
Biblical and theological:
- Counseling: How to Counsel Biblically (John MacArthur, ed.) — a must-read for biblical counselors
- The Heart of the Preacher (Rick Reed)
- Helping Your Family Through PTSD (Greg Gifford) — a short but really helpful resource
- The Book Your Pastor Wishes You Would Read (Christopher Ash)
- God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel (Costi Hinn) — the nephew of Benny Hinn repented and trusted Christ and in this book tells his story and the story of the prosperity gospel
- Sanctification (John MacArthur)
- Why I Love the Apostle Paul: 30 Reasons (John Piper)
- Redemptive Reversals (G. K. Beale) — a very helpful book about what God does in reversing the impact of our sin through redemption
- 31 Ways to Be a One Another Christian (Stuart Scott)
- Glorifying God in Your Body (Albert N. Martin)
- A Biblical Answer for Racial Unity (H. B. Charles, et al) — a good biblical overview of a complex topic
- Second Forgetting: Remembering the Power of the Gospel During Alzheimer’s Disease (Benjamin Mast) — a medical doctor writes about Alzheimer’s and uses Scripture to remind caregivers not to forget the sufficiency of God in the circumstance of caring for those who have lost their memories.
- Emotions: Mirrors of the Heart (Catherine Haddow)