2016 Reading Challenge January Update

February 1, 2016 — 5 Comments

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A couple of weeks back I posted about Tim Challies Reading Challenge. I noticed last week that he posted a January update and I thought I’d do the same. I’ll be a little less annotated in listing the books I finished since several of them I need to post full reviews of. I am self consciously following Challies’ format and used his overall checklist as well (see below). Also, for much the same reasons he listed, I decided to not try to stick with the stages of the plan but read widely and checked books off from the whole list as completed.

Here’s what I read in January:

As you can see, I was mainly working through books for review still. I’m also on pace to hit around 132 books give or take. However, I have moved toward diversifying my reading somewhat, especially in the direction of spiritual theology (more on that soon).

Here’s the whole list, in case you’re curious:

THE LIGHT READER (13 BOOKS)

THE AVID READER (26 BOOKS)

  • ☐ A book written by a Puritan
  • ☐ A book recommended by a family member
  • ☐ A book by or about a missionary
  • ☐ A novel that won the Pulitzer Prize
  • ☒ A book written by an Anglican (Paul and The Trinity)
  • ☐ A book with at least 400 pages
  • ☐ A book by C.S. Lewis or J.R.R. Tolkien
  • ☐ A book that has a fruit of the Spirit in the title
  • ☐ A book with a great cover
  • ☐ A book on the current New York Times list of bestsellers
  • ☐ A book about church history
  • ☐ A graphic novel
  • ☐ A book of poetry

THE COMMITTED READER (52 BOOKS)

  • ☐ A book from a theological viewpoint you disagree with
  • ☐ A book written by an author with initials in their name
  • ☐ A book that won a ECPA Christian Book Award
  • ☐ A book about worldview
  • ☐ A play by William Shakespeare
  • ☐ A humorous book
  • ☐ A book based on a true story
  • ☐ A book written by Jane Austen
  • ☐ A book by or about Martin Luther
  • ☐ A book with 100 pages or less
  • ☐ A book with a one-word title
  • ☐ A book about money or finance
  • ☐ A novel set in a country that is not your own
  • ☐ A book about music
  • ☐ A memoir
  • ☐ A book about joy or happiness
  • ☐ A book by a female author
  • ☒ A book whose title comes from a Bible verse (Eat This Book)
  • ☐ A book you have started but never finished
  • ☐ A self-improvement book
  • ☐ A book by David McCullough
  • ☐ A book you own but have never read
  • ☐ A book about abortion
  • ☐ A book targeted at the other gender
  • ☐ A book by a speaker at a conference you have attended
  • ☐ A book written by someone of a different ethnicity than you

THE OBSESSED READER (104 BOOKS)

  • ☐ A book published by The Banner of Truth
  • ☐ A book about the Reformation
  • ☐ A book written by a first-time author
  • ☐ A biography of a world leader
  • ☐ A book used as a seminary textbook
  • ☐ A book about food
  • ☐ A book about productivity
  • ☐ A book about or relationships or friendship
  • ☐ A book about parenting
  • ☐ A book about philosophy
  • ☐ A book about art
  • ☐ A book with magic
  • ☐ A book about prayer
  • ☒ A book about marriage (The Dude’s Guide to Marriage)
  • ☐ A book about a hobby
  • ☐ A book of comics
  • ☐ A book about the Second World War
  • ☐ A book about sports
  • ☐ A book by or about a pastor’s wife
  • ☐ A book about suffering
  • ☐ A book by your favorite author
  • ☐ A book you have read before
  • ☐ A book about homosexuality
  • ☐ A Christian novel
  • ☐ A book about psychology
  • ☐ A book about the natural world
  • ☐ A book by or about Charles Dickens
  • ☐ A novel longer than 400 pages
  • ☐ A historical book
  • ☐ A book about the Bible
  • ☐ A book about a country or city
  • ☐ A book about astronomy
  • ☐ A book with an ugly cover
  • ☐ A book by or about a martyr
  • ☐ A book by a woman conference speaker
  • ☒ A book by or about the church fathers (Augustine on The Christian Life)
  • ☐ A book about language
  • ☐ A book by or about a Russian
  • ☐ A book about leadership
  • ☐ A book about public speaking
  • ☐ A book by Francis Schaeffer
  • ☐ A book by a Presbyterian
  • ☐ A book about science
  • ☐ A book about revival
  • ☐ A book about writing
  • ☐ A book about evangelism
  • ☐ A book about ancient history
  • ☒ A book about preaching (Preaching the Whole Counsel of God)
  • ☐ A book about the church
  • ☐ A book about adoption
  • ☐ A photo essay book
  • ☐ A book written in the twentieth century

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I'm an avid reader, musician, and high school Bible teacher living in central Florida. I have many paperback books and our house smells of rich glade air freshners. If you want to know more, then let's connect!

5 responses to 2016 Reading Challenge January Update

  1. Why did you drop Facade from your list?

    • I didn’t, I just didn’t list anything here in process. Still haven’t started that one actually but definitely planning on reading it still.

      Have you read it?

  2. Hi Nate, what would be your top 10 Christian books to recommend? I have shortlisted a couple below that I am thinking of getting but would like to hear your views.

    Desiring God,John Piper
    Why Revival Tarries, Leonard Ravenhill
    Discipleship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    The Knowledge of the Holy, AW Tozer
    The Key to Triumphant Living, Jack Taylor
    Evil and the Justice of God, NT Wright
    The Book of Revelation. Gregory Beale

    Best
    Steven

    • Can’t believe I forgot to reply to this!

      Your list looks pretty great! I’ll have to put some thought into this though, and see what I can come up with for a future post.

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