Currently Reading

December 2018

The Chronicles of Narnia / C.S. Lewis

Some Pastors and Teachers / Sinclair Ferguson

Virgil Wander / Leif Enger

Lords of the North / Bernard Cornwell

The Shadow of the Wind / Carols Ruiz Zafon

Desolation Island / Patrick O’Brian

By the Pricking of Her Thumb / Adam Roberts

Grant / Ron Chernow

Paul Revere’s Ride / David Hackett Fischer

2018 Book Log

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows / J.K. Rowling / Better Every Time
  2. Selected Poems of Langston Hughes / Langston Hughes / Heart-rending
  3. Prayer / Ole Hallesby / Helpful
  4. The Dead Zone / Stephen King / Ripping
  5. The Dry / Jane Harper / Okay
  6. The Lost World / Michael Crichton / Ripping
  7. No Country For Old Men / Cormac McCarthy / Better Every Time
  8. A River in Darkness / Masaji Ishikawa / Heartbreaking
  9. Conduct Gospel-Centered Funerals / Brian Croft / Helpful
  10. Patriot Games / Tom Clancy / Ripping
  11. The Real-Town Murders / Adam Roberts / Quite good
  12. Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption / Stephen King / Better Every Time
  13. This Is Water / David Foster Wallace / Heartbreaking
  14. Biblical Theology / Roark and Cline / Finally
  15. To A God Unknown / John Steinbeck / Savage
  16. Absolute Power / David Baldacci / Ripping
  17. The Great Gatsby / F. Scott Fitzgerald / Better Every Time
  18. The Silence of the Lambs / Thomas Harris / Ripping
  19. Why We Sleep / Matthew P. Walker / Fascinating
  20. The Moral Case For Fossil Fuels / Alex Epstein / Keen
  21. The Triune God / Fred Sanders / Dogmatic
  22. They Spoke of Me / Smith and Berry / Helpful
  23. American Assassin / Vince Flynn / Ripping
  24. The Kingdom of God and the Glory of the Cross / Patrick Schreiner / Glorious
  25. The Cross From A Distance / Peter Bolt / Helpful
  26. I Have a Dream and Letter From Birmingham Jail / Martin Luther King Jr. / Powerful
  27. Tennyson: Poems / Alfred, Lord Tennyson / Elegiac
  28. Oranges / John McPhee / Delicious
  29. The Road / Cormac McCarthy / Better Every Time
  30. The Prince of Tides / Pat Conroy / Better Every Time
  31. The Poet / Michael Connelly / Better Every Time
  32. The Power of the Dog / Don Winslow / Still Brutal
  33. Echoes of Exodus / Roberts and Wilson / Wonderful
  34. I’ll Be Gone In the Dark / Michelle McNamara / Haunting
  35. The Cross He Bore / Frederick Leahy / Better Every Time
  36. The Man Who Caught the Storm / Brantley Hargrove / Incredible
  37. The Deep Dark Descending / Allen Eskens / Vengeful
  38. The Collected Writings of Lemuel Haynes / Lemuel Haynes / Outstanding
  39. The Gospel of Mark / William Lane / Helpful
  40. Synopsis of the Four Gospels / Ed. Kurt Aland / Wonderful
  41. The Gospel According to Mark / James Edwards / Excellent
  42. Let’s Study Mark / Sinclair Ferguson / Wonderful
  43. Mark / Robert Stein / Quite good
  44. Mark For Everyone / N.T. Wright / Okay
  45. Mark / Mark Strauss / Excellent
  46. The Message of Mark / Donald English / Okay
  47. Expository Thoughts on Mark / J.C. Ryle / Awesome
  48. The Pale Horseman / Bernard Cornwell / Ripping
  49. Reamde / Neal Stephenson / Better Every Time
  50. J.C. Ryle: Prepared to Stand Alone / Iain H. Murray / Wonderful
  51. Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel / Kate Bowler / Tragic
  52. Rocket Men / Robert Kurson / Incredible
  53. The Best Match / Edward Pearse / Quite Good
  54. A River Runs Through It / Norman Maclean / Beautiful
  55. Christ From Beginning To End / Wellum & Hunter / Outstanding
  56. The North Water / Ian McGuire / Brutal
  57. The Hunt For Red October / Tom Clancy / Ripping
  58. Reformation Worship / Jonathan Gibson / Glorious
  59. The Outsider / Stephen King / Not Quite Ripping
  60. The Cartel / Don Winslow / Still Brutal
  61. The Reconciling Wisdom of God / Adam Johnson / Meh
  62. The Pelican Brief / John Grisham / Better Every Time
  63. The End of the Affair / Graham Greene / Honest
  64. Stalin: Waiting For Hitler / Stephen Kotkin / Brilliant
  65. The Feather Thief / Kirk Wallace Johnson / Intriguing
  66. Tiger Woods / Benedict & Keteyian / Tragic
  67. The Defector / Daniel Silva / Ripping
  68. The Other Woman / Daniel Silva / Ripping
  69. Sphere / Michael Crichton / Ripping
  70. Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War / Karl Marlantes / Brutal
  71. On Reading Well / Karen Swallow Prior / Exquisite
  72. Charity and Its Fruits / Jonathan Edwards / Glorious
  73. My Reading Life / Pat Conroy / Better Every Time
  74. Prayer / John Onwuchekwa / Wonderful
  75. Everything Happens for a Reason / Kate Bowler / Heartbreaking
  76. The Loney / Andrew Michael Hurley / Gothic
  77. Confessions / Augustine of Hippo / Better Every Time
  78. God the Son Incarnate / Stephen Wellum / Spectacular
  79. The Last Adam / Brandon Crowe / Outstanding
  80. The Collector / John Fowles / Possessed
  81. Poems, 1957-1967 / James Dickey / Sublime
  82. Four Quartets / T.S. Eliot / Timeless
  83. Thesaurus of the Senses / Linda Hart / Perceptive
  84. The Apostles’ Creed / Ben Myers / Helpful
  85. The Narnia Code / Michael Ward / Jovial
  86. Live Like a Narnian / Joe Rigney / Jovial
  87. The Nightmare / Lars Kepler / Meh
  88. Police / Jo Nesbo / Ripping
  89. The Power Broker / Robert Caro / Colossal
  90. Paul and the Law / Brian Rosner / Better Every Time
  91. Discrimination and Disparities / Thomas Sowell / Illuminating
  92. A Time to Kill / John Grisham / Better Every Time
  93. Spurgeon on the Christian Life / Michael Reeves / Wonderful
  94. The Life of Olaudah Equiano / Olaudah Equiano / Heartbreaking
  95. Seven Types of Atheism / John Gray / Illuminating
  96. Othello / William Shakespeare / Better Every Time
  97. Lethal White / Robert Galbraith / Beguiling
  98. The Exorcist / William Peter Blatty / Sobering
  99. Blitzed / Norman Ohler / Intoxicating
  100. Planet Narnia / Michael Ward / Better Every Time
  101. Justification and Variegated Nomism: The Paradoxes of Paul / Eds. O’Brien & Seifrid / Not Too Shabby
  102. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone / J.K. Rowling / Better Every Time
  103. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets / J.K. Rowling / Better Every Time
  104. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban / J.K. Rowling / Better Every Time
  105. Remember Death / Matthew McCullough / Wonderful
  106. A Gentleman in Moscow / Amor Towles / Wistful
  107. The Curve of Binding Energy / John McPhee / Frightening
  108. The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot / Robert Macfarlane / Grand
  109. C.S. Lewis: A Critical Essay / Peter Kreeft / Outstanding
  110. In Praise of Wasting Time / Alan Lightman / Timely
  111. How To Get Unstuck / Matt Perman / Helpful
  112. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire / J.K. Rowling / Better Every Time
  113. Educated / Tara Westover / Heartbreaking
  114. The Writer’s Map / Huw Lewis-Jones / Spectacular
  115. Love Came Down at Christmas / Sinclair Ferguson / Wonderful
  116. The Soul in Paraphrase / Leland Ryken / Beautiful
  117. Washington Black / Esi Edugyan / Spectacular
  118. Dark Sacred Night / Michael Connelly / Ripping
  119. The Odyssey / Homer / Epic
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37 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


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