2016 Book Log

 

  1. Station Eleven / Emily St. John Mandel / Piercing
  2. Reading Backwards / Richard Hays / Beautiful
  3. The Strangers in the House / Georges Simenon / Invigorating
  4. The Killing Lessons / Saul Black / Meh
  5. Expository Thoughts on the Gospel of John, Vol. 1 / J.C. Ryle / Searching
  6. Swan: Poems / Mary Oliver / Lovely
  7. The Green Earth: Poems of Creation / Luci Shaw / Beautiful
  8. The Temple of Jesus’ Body / Alan Kerr / Helpful
  9. Thirteen Ways of Looking / Colum McCann / Breathtaking
  10. Unbreakable / Andrew Wilson / Helpful
  11. John for Everyone, Vol. 1 / Tom Wright / Quite good
  12. The Tsar of Love and Techno / Anthony Marra / Heartbreaking
  13. What Does the Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality? / Kevin DeYoung / Excellent
  14. Same-Sex Attraction and the Church / Ed Shaw / Lucid brevity
  15. Goldfinger / Ian Fleming / Ripping
  16. Practicing Silence: New and Selected Verses / Bonnie Thurston / Okay
  17. Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age / Sherry Turkle / Helpful
  18. Laurus / Eugene Vodolazkin / Meh
  19. Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life / William Finnegan / Absolutely glorious
  20. Y: The Sources of Islamic Revolutionary Conduct / Stephen Lambert / Interesting
  21. The Shepherd’s Life / James Rebanks / Pastoral
  22. The Looming Tower / Lawrence Wright / Infuriating
  23. The Final Days of Jesus / Köstenberger and Taylor / Lucid brevity
  24. Expository Thoughts on the Gospel of John, Vol. 2 / J.C. Ryle / Searching
  25. Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS / Joby Warrick / Excellent
  26. The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt / Edmund Morris / Incredible
  27. Praying the Bible / Donald Whitney / Helpful
  28. The Whole Christ / Sinclair Ferguson / Wise
  29. A Book of Luminous Things / Ed. Czeslaw Milosz / Enchanting
  30. Columbine / Dave Cullen / Sad
  31. Sidetracked / Henning Mankell / Brooding
  32. The ISIS Apocalypse / William McCants / Insightful
  33. Habits of Grace / David Mathis / Gracious
  34. Spiritual Disciples for the Christian Life / Donald Whitney / Useful
  35. Pity the Beautiful / Dana Gioia / Heartbreaking
  36. Human Chain / Seamus Heaney / Poignant
  37. Augustine on the Christian Life / Gerald Bray / Okay
  38. The Writer’s Diet / Helen Sword / Lucid brevity
  39. The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction / Alan Jacobs / Better every time
  40. The Farewell Discourse and the Final Prayer of Jesus / D.A. Carson / Excellent
  41. The Corpse Exhibition / Hassan Blasim / Brutal
  42. Invisible Cities / Italo Calvino / Surreal
  43. The Glory of Their Times / Lawrence Ritter / Wistful
  44. The City of Mirrors / Justin Cronin / Ripping
  45. Daily Rituals: How Artists Work / Mason Currey / Intriguing
  46. Crucifixion / Martin Hengel / Sobering
  47. Ancient Jewish and Christian Perceptions of Crucifixion / David Chapman / Sobering
  48. A Theology of John’s Gospel and Letters / Andreas Köstenberger / Thorough
  49. The Gospel According to John / D.A. Carson / Quite good
  50. John (BECNT) / Andreas Köstenberger / Lucid brevity
  51. Encountering John / Andreas Köstenberger / Good
  52. John: Read, Mark, Learn / St. Helen’s Bishopgate / Awesome
  53. Expository Thoughts on the Gospel of John, Vol. 3 / J.C. Ryle / Searching
  54. John For Everyone, Vol. 2 / Tom Wright / Good
  55. My Promised Land / Ari Shavit / Forlorn
  56. Allegheny Front / Matthew Null / Brutal
  57. The Lonely City / Olivia Laing / Poignant
  58. The Boys of Summer / Roger Kahn / Wistful
  59. Seven Brief Lessons in Physics / Carlo Rovelli / Fascinating
  60. The Name of the Wind / Patrick Rothfuss / Spellbinding
  61. Portrait of a Spy / Daniel Silva / Intriguing
  62. A Kiss Before Dying / Ira Levin / Meh
  63. Life on a Little-Known Planet / Howard Ensign Evans / Incredible
  64. Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets / David Simon / Insightful
  65. Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America / Jill Leovy / Insightful
  66. The Pleasures of God / John Piper / Wonderful
  67. His Love Endures Forever / Garry Williams / Wonderful
  68. The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses / Chris Bruno / Quite good
  69. From Eden to the New Jerusalem / T. Desmond Alexander / Excellent
  70. A Theological Introduction to the Book of Psalms / J. Clinton McCann / Instructive
  71. Moby Dick / Herman Melville / Awesome
  72. God’s Kingdom Through God’s Covenants / Gentry and Wellum / Okay
  73. Pilgrim’s Progress / John Bunyan / Better every time
  74. The Fire Next Time / James Baldwin / Sad
  75. Ghost Story / Peter Straub / Meh
  76. Mr. Mercedes / Stephen King / Ripping
  77. A Small Porch: Sabbath Poems 2014 / Wendell Berry / Good
  78. Post Captain / Patrick O’Brian / Quite good
  79. I Let You Go / Clare Mackintosh / Meh
  80. Redemption Road / John Hart / Dark
  81. Amusing Ourselves to Death / Neil Postman / Prescient
  82. Suffering and Singing / John Hindley / Excellent
  83. Hillbilly Elegy / J.D. Vance / Moving
  84. Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit / P.G. Wodehouse / Ripping
  85. Favorite Psalms / John Stott / Solid
  86. Knots and Crosses / Ian Rankin / Okay
  87. The Terror Years: From Al-Qaeda to the Islamic State / Lawrence Wright / Excellent
  88. Manalive / G.K. Chesterton / Delightful
  89. Dark Matter / Blake Crouch / Mind-blowing
  90. Being There / Dave Furman / Wonderful
  91. The New Jim Crow / Michelle Alexander / Excellent
  92. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up / Marie Kondo / Neat
  93. Soldiers and Ghosts: A History of Battle in Ancient Antiquity / J.E. Lendon / Quite good
  94. End of Watch / Stephen King / Okay
  95. The Throwback Special / Christ Bachelder / Forlorn
  96. Drone: Remote Control Warfare / Hugh Gusterson / Excellent
  97. The Black Widow / Daniel Silva / Prophetic
  98. The Alienist / Caleb Carr / Quite good
  99. Pompeii / Robert Harris / Quite good
  100. Wintering / Peter Geye / Okay
  101. Luther on the Christian Life / Carl Trueman / Excellent
  102. Union with Christ / Rankin Wilbourne / Wonderful
  103. Walking With God Through Pain and Suffering / Tim Keller / Helpful
  104. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe / C.S. Lewis / Jovial
  105. Now My Eyes Have Seen You / Robert Fyall / Meh
  106. The Message of Job / David Atkinson / Quite good
  107. Job / Francis Anderson / Quite good
  108. Job: The Wisdom of the Cross / Christopher Ash / Wonderful
  109. Job / Daniel Estes / Meh
  110. The Book of Strange New Things / Michel Faber / Mind-blowing
  111. Future Crimes / Marc Goodman / Disturbing
  112. A Time of Gifts: On Foot to Constantinople: From the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube / Patrick Leigh Fermor / Spectacular
  113. Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels / Richard Hays / Splendid
  114. Overview: A New Perspective of Earth  / Benjamin Grant / Awesome
  115. ISIS: A History /  Fawaz Gerges / Excellent
  116. Ready Player One / Ernest Cline / Prophetic
  117. Child in the Manger / Sinclair Ferguson / Timely
  118. A Peculiar Glory / John Piper / Illuminating
  119. All the Light We Cannot See / Anthony Doerr / Brilliant
  120. The Lightlings / R.C. Sproul / Great
  121. Accompanied by Angels / Luci Shaw / Worshipful
  122. Sojourner Songs: Poems / Ben Palpant / Good
  123. The Summer Game / Roger Angell / Elegiac
  124. Hidden Christmas / Tim Keller / Good
  125. The King in His Beauty / Thomas Schreiner / Wonderful
  126. The Essential Trinity / Eds. Crowe and Trueman / Outstanding