Mindy’s Good Reads 2017

Every year I promise myself “less Facebook, more reading”… this year I read almost entirely nonfiction.  Here’s what I read in 2017: (alphabetical, *seminary reading)

1 Peter: A Living Hope in Christ, Jen Wilkin.

Epic of Eden: Isaiah, Sandra Richter.

Gutenberg’s Apprentice, Alix Christie. (historical fiction, printing press & church power)

*Honor, Patronage, Kinship, and Purity: Unlocking New Testament Culture, David deSilva. (excellent, but dense)

Prodigal God, Tim Keller. (new look at the parable)

*Recovering the Full Mission of God: A Biblical Perspective on Being, Doing, and Telling, Dean Flemming.  (how we preach the gospel)

Revival Rising: Preparing for the Next Great Wave of Awakening, Mark Nysewander. (history and character of revival)

Surprised by Oxford, Carolyn Weber. (memoir)

*The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life, Os Guiness.

*The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited, Scot McKnight.

The Meaning of Marriage, Tim Keller.

*The Shadow of the Galilean, Gerd Theissen. (historical fiction by NT professor)

Unashamed, Lecrae. (memoir, excellent)

Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, Lonely, Lysa Terkeurst.

What is the Bible? Rob Bell. (intriguing, but not recommended)

*What Saint Paul Really Said, N.T. Wright. (new perspective on Paul)

*Who Chose the Gospels?  C.E. Hill. (origin of the NT texts, academic)

Wisdom of the Enneagram, Riso & Hudson.  (personality types & motivations)

What have you enjoyed this year?  What should I consider adding to my list?

Mindy’s Good Reads 2014

Two years ago a pastor friend posted a list of books he’d read that year.  It was inspiring.  I thought I should post my list too –  except, ummm… I had only read two books that year (2012).  I was appalled.  Utterly appalled.  I swore I would do better.  I started a book club – Thank you for keeping me reading Thirsty Girls!  I kept my book in the car for when I had an extra hour at soccer practice.  I limited the time I spent on Facebook.  I started reading at night instead of scrolling on my gadget.

I am so happy to share with you the books I have read in 2014 (and a few from the end of 2013).  If I don’t like them, I don’t finish them, so if they made the list then I generally liked them!

GOOD READS 2014 (alphabetical)


An Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff (true story, street kid changes her life)

Big God: What Happens When We Trust Him? by Britt Merrick (Hebrews)

Called Out of the Darkness by Anne Rice (autobiography)

Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung (life management)

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown (how vulnerability transforms us)

Erasing Hell: What God Said About Eternity and The Things We Made Up by Francis Chan. (doctrine)

Gifted Hands by Ben Carson (autobiography)

Gods At War by Kyle Idleman (idolatry)

Live Faithfully: A Study of James by Heitzig and Rose (James study)

One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp (thankfulness)

Radical by David Platt (Christian living)

The Beauty of Broken by Elisa Morgan (autobiography)

The Magnificent Obsession by Anne Graham Lotz (Abraham)

Unglued by Lisa Terkeurst (emotional control)

Wired That Way: The Comprehensive Personality Plan by Marita Littauer.

Fiction & Young Adult:

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The Running Dream by Wendelin VanDraanen (YA)

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

Wonder by R.J. Palacio (YA)

Comment and tell me your favorite books from this year!  I’d love to hear from you.