A Year Well-Read

Reading Is The Best

Happy new year! I hope you enjoyed celebrating the departure of 2012 and that you didn’t make too many unreasonable resolutions for 2013. Personally, I’m not a big resolution guy as each January rolls around, but one of my favorite things to do is dream a bit about what I might read in the coming months while looking back on everything I read in the previous year. There’s something edifying about this kind of reflection. So thanks in advance for indulging me here!

2012 was a year of fiction firsts in a couple of significant ways. As much as I hate to admit it, I had never before read all of the Narnia series by C.S. Lewis. Needless to say, that was a top priority. Also, I had never read/seen any of the Harry Potter stories so I knocked those out as well. A few other notable mentions that I highly recommend are

The Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler – A clear and convicting look at the Gospel message and how it should impact our lives both in word and deed.

A Praying Life by Paul Miller – I’ve never read a more relatable work on the topic of prayer. Miller does a great job of inviting you in to his prayer life in order to illustrate deep communion with God.

Jack by George Sayer – The best biography of C.S. Lewis. Seriously, what else needs to be said? Though I did write a review if you’re interested in reading it.

Here’s a look back at my reading list of 2012:

1 – The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller
2 – Forbidden by Ted Dekker
3 – The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis
4 – The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
5 – The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis
6 – Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis
7 – The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
8 – The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis
9 – The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis
10 – The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
11 – A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World by Paul Miller
12 – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
13 – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
14 – Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by Jean Le Carre
15 – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
16 – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K Rowling
17 – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
18 – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
19 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
20 – The Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler
21 – Solitary: A Novel by Travis Thrasher
22 – The Perfect Assassin by Ward Larsen
23 – Lord, Teach Us To Pray by Andrew Murray
24 – Immanuel’s Veins by Ted Dekker
25 – Everyday Missions: How Ordinary People Can Change The World by Leroy Barber
26 – Spirit-Led Preaching by Greg Heisler
27 – Jack: A Life of C.S. Lewis by George Sayer
28 – Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit by Francis Chan
29 – Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will by Kevin DeYoung
30 – Mortal by Ted Dekker
31 – The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch
32 – Small Things With Great Love by Margot Starbuck
33 – Walking with God: Talk to Him. Hear from Him. Really. by John Eldredge
34 – Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky
35 – Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me: A Memoir…of Sorts by Ian Morgan Cron
36 – True Evangelism by Lewis Sperry Chafer
37 – Grace Awakening by Charles Swindoll
38 – Let The Nations Be Glad by John Piper
39 – The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer
40 – He That Is Spiritual by Lewis Sperry Chafer
41 – How To Give Away Your Faith by Paul E. Little
42 – Dispensationalism by Charles C. Ryrie
43 – The Hole In Our Holiness by Kevin DeYoung

What were your favorite books of 2012?

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