Currently Reading

December 2019

Reformed Ethics, Vol. 1 / Herman Bavinck

None Greater / Matthew Barrett

Matthew, Disciple and Scribe / Patrick Schreiner

He Descended to the Dead / Matthew Emerson

Book of Common Prayer 2019 / ACNA

On the Meaning of Sex / J. Budziszewski

The Body / Bill Bryson

Underland / Robert Macfarlane

Wuthering Heights / Emily Brontë

Butcher’s Crossing / John Williams

Ordinary Grace / William Kent Krueger

The Complete Poetical Works of James Thomson, Vol. 1 / James Thomson

2019 Book Log

  1. Thirst: Poems / Mary Oliver / Better Every Time
  2. Fahrenheit 451 / Ray Bradbury / Better Every Time
  3. The Sum of All Fears / Tom Clancy / Ripping
  4. Holiness / John Webster / Better Every Time
  5. Tolkien’s Theology of Beauty / Lisa Coutras / Not Too Shabby
  6. Justification, Volume 1 / Michael Horton / Wonderful
  7. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix / J.K. Rowling / Better Every Time
  8. The Fellowship of the Ring / J.R.R. Tolkien / Better Every Time
  9. Essentialism / Greg McKeown / Better Every Time
  10. Stoner / John Williams / Better Every Time
  11. Echo Park / Michael Connelly / Ripping
  12. The Wrong Side of Goodbye / Michael Connelly / Ripping
  13. Digital Minimalism / Cal Newport / Wise
  14. Dig Even Deeper / Sach & Alldritt / Lucid
  15. Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption / Stephen King / Better Every Time
  16. Still Life / Louise Penny / Auspicious
  17. Exodus, Vol. 1 / John Currid / Quite Good
  18. The Baptist Church Covenant / Marshall Davis / Helpful
  19. The Border / Don Winslow / Brutal
  20. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince / J.K. Rowling / Better Every Time
  21. The Great Train Robbery / Michael Crichton / Better Every Time
  22. Saint Patrick’s Confessio / Patrick / Encouraging
  23. Mystic River / Dennis Lehane / Heartbreaking
  24. The Great Gatsby / F. Scott Fitzgerald / Better Every Time
  25. Before You Open Your Bible / Matt Smethurst / Helpful
  26. Enjoying God / Tim Chester / Beautiful 
  27. The Son Who Learned Obedience / D. Glenn Butner / Outstanding
  28. God Without Passions, A Reader / Samuel Renihan / Wonderful
  29. Broken Harbour / Tana French / Wild
  30. The Elements of Eloquence / Mark Forsyth / Lucid
  31. Dreyer’s English / Benjamin Dreyer / Superb
  32. Seeing Green / Tilly Dillehay / Outstanding
  33. By The Pricking Of Her Thumb / Adam Roberts / Prescient
  34. The Magicians / Lev Grossman / Still Ripping Every Time
  35. The Magician King / Lev Grossman / Still Ripping Every Time
  36. The Works of Thomas Brooks, Vol. 1 / Thomas Brooks / Better Every Time
  37. Spiritual Gifts / Thomas Schreiner / Sage
  38. How To Think / Alan Jacobs / Thoughtful
  39. Atomic Habits / James Clear / Helpful
  40. Confessions of Sin and Assurances of Pardon / Bobby Griffith Jr. / Helpful
  41. Justification, Volume 2 / Michael Horton / Wonderful
  42. New Testament Commentaries, Vol. 11 / John Calvin / Lucid Brevity
  43. Commentary on Philippians / John Eadie / Punchy
  44. Philippians / Moisés Silva / Okay
  45. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians / Gordon Fee / Quite Good
  46. Philippians (Mentor) / Matthew S. Harmon / Excellent
  47. The Message of Philippians / J. Alec Motyer / Devotional
  48. Exalting Jesus in Philippians / Tony Merida / Not too shabby
  49. The Epistle to the Philippians (NIGTC) / P.T. O’Brien / Wonderful
  50. Basics for Believers / D.A. Carson / Better Every Time
  51. The Spy and the Traitor / Ben Macintyre / Thrilling
  52. The Preacher’s Catechism / Lewis Allen / Exquisite
  53. The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment / Jeremiah Burroughs / Searching
  54. The Power of Christian Contentment / Andy Davis / Helpful
  55. On God and Christ: The Five Theological Orations / Gregory of Nazianzus / Punchy
  56. Leading In Prayer / Hughes Oliphant Old / Helpful
  57. The Way Through The Woods (Inspector Morse #10) / Colin Dexter / Clever
  58. To Kill A Mockingbird / Harper Lee / Better Every Time
  59. Words to Winners of Souls / Horatius Bonar / Refreshing
  60. The Color of Law / Richard Rothstein / Illuminating
  61. A Cluster of Camphire / Susannah Spurgeon / Encouraging
  62. Your Future Self Will Thank You / Drew Dyck / Helpful
  63. The New Girl / Daniel Silva / Ripping
  64. The City of God and the Goal of Creation / T. Desmond Alexander / Hopeful
  65. Wonder Boys / Michael Chabon / Wistful
  66. The Faithful Preacher / Thabiti Anyabwile / Better Every Time
  67. True Grit / Charles Portis / Better Every Time
  68. Paris in the Present Tense / Mark Helprin / Heartbreaking
  69. Astroball: The New Way to Win It All / Ben Reiter / Brilliant
  70. The Shadows We Hide / Allen Eskens / Rewarding
  71. Scythe / Neal Shusterman / Ripping
  72. Norco ’80 / Peter Houlahan / Ripping
  73. The Sacrifice of Praise / Herman Bavinck / Beautiful
  74. Wise Counsel: John Newton’s Letters to John Ryland Jr. / John Newton / Wonderful
  75. The Cruellest Month / Louise Penny / Lovely
  76. The Word is Murder / Anthony Horowitz / Clever
  77. A Fatal Grace / Louise Penny / Perceptive
  78. Thunderhead / Neal Shusterman / Ripping
  79. The Brutal Telling / Louise Penny / Wise
  80. Fall; Or, Dodge In Hell / Neal Stephenson / Flabbergasting
  81. The Burning Room / Michael Connelly / Ripping
  82. The Crossing / Michael Connelly / Ripping
  83. The Drop / Michael Connelly / Ripping
  84. The Green Mile / Stephen King / Better Every Time
  85. My Reading Life / Pat Conroy / Better Every Time
  86. Paul and the Law / Brian Rosner / Better Every Time
  87. Fearing Others / Zach Schlegel / Outstanding
  88. The Moon Is Always Round / Jonathan Gibson / Heartbreaking
  89. Keeping the Ten Commandments / J.I. Packer / Helpful
  90. The Law of Perfect Freedom / Michael Horton / Okay
  91. Ten Commandments / Joachim Douma / Thoughtful
  92. How Jesus Transforms the Ten Commandments / Edmund Clowney / Okay
  93. The Rule of Love / J.V. Fesko / Okay
  94. The Westminster Confession / Various / Glorious
  95. The Ten Commandments / Thomas Watson / Wonderful
  96. The Ten Commandments / Kevin DeYoung / Quite Good
  97. The Two Towers / J.R.R. Tolkien / Better Every Time
  98. The Trinity / Gilles Emery / Helpful
  99. A Treatise On True Theology / Franciscus Junius / Scholarly
  100. Tolkien: Maker of Middle-Earth / Ed. Catherine McIllwaine / Splendid
  101. Theoretical-Practical Theology, Vol. 1 / Petrus Van Mastricht / Wonderful
  102. Theoretical-Practical Theology, Vol. 2 / Petrus Van Mastricht / Wonderful
  103. The Creaking On The Stairs / Mez McConnell / Heartbreaking
  104. Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer / Carmen Bambach / Beautiful
  105. The Way of Kings / Brandon Sanderson / Ripping
  106. The Institute / Stephen King / Rollicking
  107. Recursion / Blake Crouch / Clever
  108. Edison / Edmund Morris / Brilliant
  109. Just Mercy / Bryan Stevenson / Heartbreaking
  110. Your Will Be Done / Michael J. Ovey / Lacking
  111. Over Sea, Under Stone / Susan Cooper / Fantastic
  112. Working / Robert Caro / Marvelous
  113. The Outsider / Stephen King / Better The Second Time Through
  114. Sophie and the Heidelberg Cat / Andrew Wilson / Beautiful
  115. In Defense of the Descent / Daniel Hyde / Helpful
  116. The Living Mountain / Nan Shepherd / Beautiful
  117. Who Shall Ascend the Mountain of the Lord? / L. Michael Morales / Great
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41 responses to “Currently Reading

  1. Great reading list. I wish I could be disciplined enough to read like that.


  2. looks like you have been busy.


  3. Have you ever read Thomas Sowell? Not a Christian author but I note you intermingle your reading with non-Christian works, and Sowell is one of the best on contemporary culture issues. One of his ‘must-reads’ is “Black Rednecks – White Liberals”.


    • Dear Michael,

      Yes, I’ve read a couple of Thomas Sowell’s books. I really enjoyed “A Conflict of Visions.” I’ll keep an eye out for the book you mentioned. Sounds interesting.

      Blessings to you,



  4. pedro

    read “the god delusion” it may open your minds


    • Fearless Witness

      Hi Pedro,
      You’re right about The God Delusion, after reading it, I am more convinced than ever that Jesus Christ is the (only) Way, the Truth, and the Life.


  5. kim

    Great list! I’m adding a few from your list to my own. We live abroad and it’s a bit difficult to find or get good books. Sigh.

    What do you mean by, “Drizzlingly drenched”–the words are fun to say and great as a description–I’m just curious about what you mean. Thanks.


  6. Paul


    I was just wondering why you thought the book “Tribes” was heretical. Not that I read it or anything and thus disagree with you, but because I had the opportunity to buy it in a Christian conference sort-of-thing. Would you care to briefly explain why this book was so heretical to you? (I know I could just read the book myself to see why…) LOL



    • Hi Paul,

      I was using the adjective “heretical” in the same way Godin uses it in his book. He uses “heretic” in the sense of anyone who does not conform to an established attitude, doctrine, or principle. These kind of “heretics,” according to Godin, create movements in the business world.

      He states: “By challenging the status quo, a cadre of heretics is discovering that one person, just one, can make a huge difference… Heretics are the new leaders. The ones who challenge the status quo, who get out in front of their tribes, who create movements.” (11-12).

      Hope this helps…



  7. Hey Nick,
    Great idea….so, I stole it. :) Hope you don’t mind.

    – Matt


  8. Saul

    Hello Nick, i just found your blog while searching for a quote, and i already added it to my bookmarks :D, great blog. Q. Have you read Francis Chan?


    • Hi Saul, thanks for the link! I read and enjoyed Crazy Love a few years ago but I have not read any of Chan’s latest stuff. Would you recommend it?



      • Saul

        Well, i don’t now about Erasing Hell, but Forgotten God is great, also i really recommend Tolstoi’s short story Father Sergius, and The Kingdom of God Is Within You. I really like Tolstoi and Dostoevsky. :D



  9. Saul

    I would like to clarify, “The kingdom of God is within you” is a great read even though, this book does not explores the concept of grace and redemption through Christ. I believe Tolstoi rejects some Christian tenets like the resurrection, miracles, the virgin birth, etc.. It is more about pacifism and social justice .



  10. Chris


    Love the blog, love the quotes and your passion for God’s glory and reading to that end. Thank you!

    Would you mind explaining how you go about reading a book? I know that sounds simple, but I’d like to read and would like to be better at it (more comprehension, faster, remembering details longer, etc.). Any help in this direction would be greatly appreciated!

    Best regards,



    • Hi Chris,

      Thanks for reading the blog! I just shot you an email with a few thoughts.

      Grace and peace,



      • Nick,

        Could you send me a similar email? I too have been curious about how you manage to read so much each year and would like to learn what I can from you. By the way, I’m constantly blessed by your blog and it has been quite a handy resource for looking up quotes and whatnot. Thanks man.



      • Matt McCoy

        I would also like an email with the aforementioned “few thoughts.” I need help in this area! thanks Man! I hope you and the family are doing well.


  11. Lauren L

    Hi, I’d love more information on the practical/purposeful side of your reading life: how you read, when you read, how you find time to read, and how you remember what you read. Do you take notes, highlight, write down quotes, etc.? Do you keep books, give them away, etc.? Just started reading more voraciously and would like to find ways to be moer disciplined about it. Also returning to reading lots of classics, and I find myself wishing I had a professor to help me with some of the works, especially those that use vocabulary or cite ideals that had a different meaning contextually that what they have now.


  12. Lauren L

    One other question! I came here today to find the name of the book on Hebrews that I thought I saw under your “currently reading” list. I don’t see it here now. Did you take it down, or am I mistaken? Would you mind telling me the name, unless you strongly disliked it? Thanks!


  13. Laura Thompson

    Nick, the blog is WONDERFUL!! I was googling a Tozier quote and ended up on your blog… I was so excited to find this great resource and then all the more to see that it was your work :) Please say hello to Allison for us… hope all is well in DC!
    – Laura (and Jay) Thompson


  14. Chris

    Thanks Nick for your work on this. I anticipate being a regular visitor.


  15. Kai Tham

    Hi Nick,

    Very encouraged by your love for reading and your consistency in up-keeping the blog about your reading habits.

    Keep it up.

    Kai Tham


  16. Of your 2014 reads, I’ve read Hatchet, some of the Heidelberg Catechism, the first 3 Harry Potter books, Pilgrim’s Progress. I have a long way to go – hope to read more this year!


  17. I just discovered your site from Challies’ list of links for top books for 2015. I love the wide variety of books you seem to read, and enjoy the one-word descriptions you give for each one. My blog is dedicated to recommending and reviewing books I feel every Christian should read. Since I work a 40 hr/week job now, I unfortunately don’t have as much time to read and write as I did when I started blogging a few years ago. While you’re reading about two books per week, I’m currently closer to two per month; so I’m trying to focus on quality rather than quantity at this point! I look forward to following your recommendations and reviews in the future. God Bless!


  18. Robert Davis

    Have you read Not A Fan by Kyle Idleman?
    It’s a good book. Confirmational and convicting all at once.
    I’m enjoying (and am challenged/encouraged) by your blog. I’ve only been here a couple of weeks but I have copied the link to my home screen right beside Chambers and Spurgeon. Thanks for your efforts.


  19. Andrew

    Hi Nick

    I stumbled across your blog the other day & I’m really glad that I did. I love the breadth of reading material. There is a healthy balance of sound evangelical Theology with lots of other interesting stuff. You have presented me with loads of books I want to investigate.

    As a husband, father, & pastor how do you fit it all in? Could you provide a rough guide in terms of when you read & how much per week? I’ve just noticed that others have asked similar questions (Lauren L in particular) & you haven’t responded for several years. Oh well here’s to trying!




  20. rifleman

    you have to read “The Faith of Christopher Hitchens” by Taunton. Great book!!


  21. Chris Keswick

    Thank you for all the wonderful and inspirational reading ideas! I too would love to hear more about how you go about choosing books and finding time to read. All the Light You Cannot See was a favorite for me this year, along with Jerry Bridges’ Pursuit of Holiness. Thank you!
    Chris in MN


  22. Scott

    Hi Nick, it appears you are being “called” to give a short class entitled ” How I Do It”. I too am interested in learning what I can. Then again, it could be you just have that gift! ;-)


  23. John Sherlock

    Hello Nick just discovered your blog and would love the email about your reading habits.


  24. Diane Pedrosa

    Thank you for your reading list. I have read a few from the 2019 and appreciate you single comments.
    Happy reading 2020‼️


  25. Diane Pedrosa

    Thank you for you reading list. I have enjoy a few and also appreciate your single comment review.
    Happy and blessed reading 2020


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