Currently Reading

December 2017

Majesty in Misery, Vol. 3 / Charles Spurgeon

Expository Thoughts on the Gospel of Mark / J.C. Ryle

The Gospel According to Mark / James Edwards

The Gospel of Mark / William Lane

Let’s Study Mark / Sinclair Ferguson

Mark / R.C. Sproul

Mark For Everyone / Tom Wright

Dig Deeper Into The Gospels / Sach and Hiorns

A Theology of Mark’s Gospel / David Garland

The Cross From a Distance / Peter Bolt

War and Peace / Leo Tolstoy

Titus Groan / Mervyn Peake

The Old Ways / Robert Macfarlane

Theodore Rex / Edmund Morris

2017 Book Log

  1. Essentialism / Greg McKeown / Super-duper
  2. The Productivity Project / Chris Bailey / Super-duper
  3. Deep Work / Cal Newport / Super-duper
  4. The Pastoral Epistles / George Knight III / Excellent
  5. The Message of 2 Timothy / John Stott / Stupendous
  6. Good Poems / Garrison Keillor / Amusing
  7. Crazy Busy / Kevin DeYoung / Excellent
  8. Zeal Without Burnout / Christopher Ash / Outstanding
  9. Exalting Jesus in 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus / David Platt / Helpful
  10. Finishing the Race / Chris Green / Meh
  11. The Ministry Medical / Jonathan Griffiths / Excellent
  12. Hitler: Ascent, 1889-1939 / Volker Ullrich / Brilliant
  13. The Wise Man’s Fear / Patrick Rothfuss / Sprawling
  14. A Lowcountry Heart / Pat Conroy / Sad
  15. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle / Ripping
  16. The Testament / John Grisham / True
  17. The Awakening of Miss Prim / Natalia Fenollera / Thoughtful
  18. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love / Raymond Carver / Meh
  19. The Prodigal God / Tim Keller / Helpful
  20. Conclave / Robert Harris / Ridiculous
  21. How America Lost Its Secrets / Jay Epstein / Compelling
  22. The Circle / Dave Eggers / Prescient
  23. The Godfather / Mario Puzo / Brutal
  24. The Short Drop / Matthew FitzSimmons / Meh
  25. The Fellowship of the Ring / J.R.R. Tolkien / Better Every Time
  26. The Fisherman / John Langan / Peculiar
  27. The Life We Bury / Allen Eskens / Chilling
  28. Obadiah, Jonah and Micah / T. Desmond Alexander / Okay
  29. Moscow Rules / Daniel Silva / Intriguing
  30. How to Steal the Mona Lisa / Taylor Bayouth / Ingenious
  31. The Count of Monte Cristo / Alexandre Dumas / Hopeful
  32. A Study in Scarlet / Arthur Conan Doyle / Ripping
  33. The Sign of Four / Arthur Conan Doyle / Ripping
  34. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle / Ripping
  35. The Fallen Angel / Daniel Silva / Intriguing
  36. The Rembrandt Affair / Daniel Silva / Intriguing
  37. Macbeth / William Shakespeare / Great
  38. 1984 / George Orwell / Prescient
  39. The Gospel / Ray Ortlund Jr. / Refreshing
  40. A Death In Vienna / Daniel Silva / Intriguing
  41. The Great Gatsby / F. Scott Fitzgerald / Elegiac
  42. Undeniable / Douglas Axe / Helpful
  43. The Knight’s Map / R.C. Sproul / Okay
  44. The Devil & Sherlock Holmes / David Grann / Outstanding
  45. The Final Solution / Michael Chabon / Splendid
  46. A Month in the Country / J.L. Carr / Elegiac
  47. The Tech-Wise Family / Andy Crouch / Beautiful
  48. Ten Restaurants That Changed America / Paul Freedman / Delicious
  49. The Genius of Birds / Jennifer Ackerman / Incredible
  50. Boy’s Life / Robert McCammon / Elegiac
  51. The Psalms / Ed. Schmutzer and Howard / Delightful
  52. The Broker / John Grisham / Meh
  53. The Most Dangerous Game / Richard Connell / Ripping
  54. In Cold Blood / Truman Capote / Chilling
  55. The American Spirit / David McCullough / Invigorating
  56. Marriage and the Mystery of the Gospel / Ray Ortlund / Beautiful
  57. Magpie Murders / Anthony Horowitz / Splendidly Clever
  58. The Force / Don Winslow / Intoxicating
  59. The Leopard / Jo Nesbo / Meh
  60. 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You / Tony Reinke / Wonderful
  61. You Are What You Love / James K. A. Smith / Helpful
  62. Christ Alone / Stephen Wellum / Wonderful
  63. House of Spies / Daniel Silva / Intriguing
  64. The Silent Shades of Sorrow / Charles Spurgeon / Solid
  65. The Way of The Strangers / Graeme Wood / Bracing
  66. Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor / D.A. Carson / Wonderful
  67. Married For God / Christopher Ash / Quite Good
  68. Killers of the Flower Moon / David Grann / Incredible
  69. American Gods / Neil Gaiman / Wanting
  70. The Secret History / Donna Tartt / Nerdalicious
  71. How To Understand And Apply The New Testament / Andrew Naselli / Awesome
  72. Collected Works Volume 10: Collected Poetry, Part 1 / G.K. Chesterton / Whimsical
  73. The Library at Night / Alberto Manguel / Erudite
  74. Off Speed / Terry McDermott / Spectacular
  75. The Flow of the Psalms / O. Palmer Robertson / Quite Good
  76. Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption / Stephen King / Hopeful
  77. Covenant and God’s Purpose for the World / Thomas Schreiner / Solid
  78. The Hound of the Baskervilles / Arthur Conan Doyle / Ripping
  79. Lamentation / C.J. Sansom / Intriguing
  80. The Secret Servant / Daniel Silva / Intriquing
  81. Camino Island / John Grisham / Meh
  82. Between the Woods and the Water / Patrick Leigh Fermor / Spectacular
  83. Hero of the Empire / Candice Millard / Excellent
  84. True Grit / Charles Portis / Great
  85. The Black Echo / Michael Connelly / Gritty
  86. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone / J.K. Rowling / Better Every Time
  87. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets / J.K. Rowling / Better Every Time
  88. Devoted to God / Sinclair Ferguson / Pastoral
  89. Conversion / Michael Lawrence / Stellar
  90. Missions / Andy Johnson / Stellar
  91. Defiant Grace / Dane Ortlund / Refreshing
  92. Isaiah’s New Exodus in Mark / Rikki Watts / Outstanding
  93. Letters of John Newton / John Newton / Wonderful
  94. The Expedition of Cyrus / Xenophon / Ripping
  95. Recapturing the Wonder / Mike Cosper / Meh
  96. God’s Ambassadors: The Westminster Assembly and the Reformation of the English Pulpit, 1643-1653 / Chad Van Dixhoorn / Fascinating
  97. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban / J.K. Rowling / Better Every Time
  98. Ecumenical Creeds and Reformed Confessions / Various / Beautiful
  99. The Black Ice / Michael Connelly / Gritty
  100. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire / J.K. Rowling / Better Every Time
  101. Never Split the Difference / Chris Voss / Quite good
  102. The Way of the Warrior Kid / Jocko Willink / Fun
  103. The Firm / John Grisham / Nostalgic
  104. The King of Torts / John Grisham / Fun
  105. Jurassic Park / Michael Crichton / Nostalgic
  106. The Lord’s Prayer / Thomas Watson / Awesome
  107. Reading The Bible Supernaturally / John Piper / Quite good
  108. Hellhound On His Trail / Hampton Sides / Gripping
  109. Murder On The Orient Express / Agatha Christie / Charming
  110. The Last Kingdom / Bernard Cornwell / Ripping
  111. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix / J.K. Rowling / Better Every Time
  112. Reading Moses, Seeing Jesus / Seth Postell / Quite good
  113. The Last Lynching in Northern Virginia / Jim Hall / Brutal
  114. Five Days In November / Clint Hill / Somber
  115. God Is / Mark Jones / Outstanding
  116. Beneath A Scarlet Sky / Mark Sullivan / Fascinating
  117. The Two Towers / J.R.R. Tolkien / Better Every Time
  118. The Crucifixion / Fleming Rutledge / Crude
  119. Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life / Winifred Gallagher / Excellent
  120. Text and Canon / Ed. Cole and Kissling / Textual
  121. Shark Drunk / Morten Strøksnes / Amazing
  122. Destiny of the Republic / Candice Millard / Incredible
  123. The Return of the King / J.R.R. Tolkien / Better Every Time
  124. All That Is In God / James Dolezal / Excellent
  125. Caring For Widows / Brian Croft / Beautiful


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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