2011: A Year of Reading


Victory! I’ve completed both of the reading challenges I set goals for. I read 52 books this year… 12 of them were classics. I read several books I’d never read before and discovered a few new authors. Here are my recommendations of the books I read this year:

Highly Recommended:
Green by Ted Dekker (though I suggest reading the previous 3 books in the series first: Black, Red, and White)
The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
Veiled Freedom by J. M. Windle
Freedom’s Stand by J. M. Windle
Mugabe and the White African by Ben Freeth
The Constantine Codex by Paul L. Maier
Eusebius: The Church History by Paul L. Maier
The Grace of God by Andy Stanley
Zombie Church by Tyler Edwards
Forbidden by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee
The Scroll by Grant R. Jeffrey & Alton L. Gansky
The Jesus Experiment by Bill Perkins
No Wonder They Call Him the Savior by Max Lucado
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Night by Elie Wiesel

 

I also recommend:
The Dragons of Chiril by Donita K. Paul
Dragons of the Valley by Donita K. Paul
Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris
Half the Church by Carolyn Custis James
The Dopper Ganger Chronicles: The First Escape by G. P. Taylor
The Dopple Ganger Chronicles: The Secret of Indigo Moon by G. P. Taylor
The Dopple Ganger Chronicles: The Great Mogul Diamond by G. P. Taylor
The Corruptible by Mark Myneir
The Skin Map by Stephen R. Lawhead
God and Stephen Hawking by John C. Lennox
Why God Won’t Go Away by Alister McGrath
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
Kingdom’s Dawn by Chuck Black


My Top 5 New Reads (fiction)
:
1) Veiled Freedom by J. M. Windle
2) Freedom’s Stand by J. M. Windle
3) The Constantine Codex by Paul L. Maier
4) Forbidden by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee
5) The Scroll by Grant R. Jeffrey & Alton L. Gansky

My Top 5 New Reads (non-fiction):
1) Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman
2) Eusebius: The Church History by Paul L. Maier
3) The Grace of God by Andy Stanley
4) Zombie Church by Tyler Edwards
5) No Wonder They Call Him the Savior by Max Lucado

4 thoughts on “2011: A Year of Reading

  1. I am delighted to see a list with some classics in it! Would that we all would be mindful of C.S. Lewis’ rule for reading: “…after reading a new book, never allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one…keep the clean sea breeze of the centuries blowing through our minds…”

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    • That’s a great quote. Classic literature definitely shouldn’t be ignored. It shows us where we’ve come from, both in literature and humanity. I may not always enjoy a classic for its entertainment value, but it’s still a classic… and I’ll read them at least once.

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