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)
One thought on “Best books of 2020, so far”
I read With the Old Breed a couple of years ago. Great book. A new appreciation for what the men went through securing those islands. Just finished Destiny of the Republic. Another excellent book. Getting ready to read River if Doubt and Midnight at Chernobyl.