Currently Reading

May 2020

The Works of John Owen, Vol. 5 / John Owen

The Wonderful Works of God / Herman Bavinck

God In Himself / Steven Duby

The Care of Souls / Harold Senkbeil

The Mystery of Christ, His Covenant, and His Kingdom / Samuel Renihan

The Messianic Vision of the Pentateuch / Kevin Chen

On the Meaning of Sex / J. Budziszewski

In His Image / Jen Wilkin

Eve in Exile / Rebekah Merkle

Israel / Daniel Gordis

A Dance to the Music of Time: First Movement / Anthony Powell

The Stand / Stephen King

The Children of Men / P.D. James

Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy / Jeff VanderMeer

2020 Book Log

    1. The Old Man and the Sea / Ernest Hemingway / Better Every Time
    2. Amusing Ourselves to Death / Neil Postman / Better Every Time
    3. The Aeneid / Virgil / Wonderful
    4. Spring / Karl Ove Knausgaard / Poignant
    5. An Interpretive Lexicon of New Testament Greek / G.K. Beale / Better Every Time
    6. Every Day Matters / Brandon Crowe / Wise
    7. Station Eleven / Emily St. John Mandel / Better Every Time
    8. Truth We Can Touch / Tim Chester / Worshipful
    9. The King of Torts / John Grisham / Better Every Time
    10. Adorning the Dark / Andrew Peterson / Outstanding
    11. Engagement / Mike McKinley / Helpful
    12. Duma Key / Stephen King / Ripping
    13. Orphan X / Gregg Hurwitz / Meh
    14. Reformed Ethics, Vol. 1 / Herman Bavinck / Quite Good
    15. “He Descended to the Dead” / Matthew Emerson / Glorious
    16. The Guardians / John Grisham / Terrific
    17. Sycamore Row / John Grisham / Better Every Time
    18. The Litigators / John Grisham / Still Amusing
    19. Coronavirus and Christ / John Piper / Helpful
    20. The Three-Body Problem / Liu Cixin / Engrossing
    21. Under the Dome / Stephen King / Timely
    22. The Firm / John Grisham / Better Every Time
    23. Beowulf: A New Translation / Tr. Seamus Heaney / Better Every Time
    24. The Heist / Daniel Silva / Better Every Time
    25. The Wages of Spin / Carl Trueman / Better Every Time
    26. The Works of Richard Sibbes, Vol. 2 / Richard Sibbes / Better Every Time
    27. The Lexham English Septuagint / Lexham Press / Fascinating
    28. Rejoicing In Christ / Michael Reeves / Better Every Time
    29. The Works of Thomas Brooks, Vol. 3 / Thomas Brooks
    30. The Weight of Glory / C.S. Lewis / Better Every Time
    31. Joyland / Stephen King / Still Ripping
    32. Conscience / Andrew Naselli / Better Every Time
    33. Jesus: A Very Short Introduction / Richard Bauckham / Quite Good
    34. Misery / Stephen King / Still Timely
    35. Doctor Sleep / Stephen King / Intoxicating
    36. The Deep Things of God / Fred Sanders / Better Every Time
    37. The Peregrine / J.A. Baker / Elegiac
    38. Gentle and Lowly / Dane Ortlund / Heartbreaking

 

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41 responses to “Currently Reading

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

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  2. looks like you have been busy.

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  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”.

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    • 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,

      –Nick

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  4. pedro

    read “the god delusion” it may open your minds

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    • 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.

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  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.

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  6. Paul

    Hello!!!!

    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

    thanks

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    • 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…

      –Nick

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  7. Hey Nick,
    Great idea….so, I stole it. :) Hope you don’t mind. http://huiothesian.wordpress.com/book-list/

    – Matt

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  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?

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    • 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?

      –Nick

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      • 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

        -Saul

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  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 .

    -Saul

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  10. Chris

    Nick,

    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,

    Chris

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    • Hi Chris,

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

      Grace and peace,

      –nr

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      • 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.

        -Zach

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      • 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.

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  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.

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  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!

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  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

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  14. Chris

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

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  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

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  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!

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  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!

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  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.

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  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!

    Blessings

    Andrew

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  20. rifleman

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

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  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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  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! ;-)

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  23. John Sherlock

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

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  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‼️

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  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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