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12 Books I Plan to Read in 2015

January 5, 2015, 0 Comments

As I’ve looked ahead to the work that I believe is in store for me, I’ve begun assembling the books that I plan to read this year. It is always a much longer list than I’m ever able to finish. However, I thought it might be helpful to some to see 12 of the books that I think will be of great help to me in the beginning part of the year.

  1. Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland – The search for the ultimate lifehack is one that I fall prey to very often. Having heard positive reviews of this book, I’m hoping it offers some help in getting more things done.
  2. The Gen Z Effect: The Six Forces Shaping the Future of Business by Tom Koulopoulos and Dan Keldsen – The forces that shape the business world have a far-reaching impact on the entire culture. The insights from these authors will be valuable in understanding the life of my city.
  3. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand – The book that has become a well-reviewed movie is at the top of many reading lists. Inspiration from the life of a survivor is always motivating for the soul.
  4. Marvel Comics: The Untold Story by Sean Howe – The Marvel Universe has taken the movie theaters by storm. But the story behind how the company became an entertainment titan is another story all together.
  5. Preaching and Preachers by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones – In preaching, we can always learn to be more submissive to the Spirit and skilled in our craft. Plus, the 40th anniversary edition has additional essays from some wonderful preachers of our own day.
  6. From Eden to the New Jerusalem: An Introduction to Biblical Theology by T. Desmond Alexander – I’m enjoying the thought of a short introduction to the subject. Hopefully, it will be a book I can use in discipling others.
  7. Marriage to a Difficult Man: The Uncommon Union of Jonathan & Sarah Edwards by Elisabeth D. Dodds – Jonathan Edwards is a spiritual hero to me. Both brilliant and deeply spiritual, I hope to learn to be a better husband through this unusual take on a biography.
  8. Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God by Timothy Keller – Better known for his work in apologetics and missiology (The Reason for God and Center Church), I’m looking forward to the pastoral side of Keller.
  9. Till We Have Faces: A Novel of Cupid and Psyche by C.S. Lewis – Because we all need more Lewis in our lives.
  10. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien – As explained to me by a friend, consider this the “Old Testament” and then view the “New Testament” as The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
  11. The Permanent Revolution: Apostolic Imagination and Practice for the 21st Century Church by Alan Hirsch and Tim Catchim – Every time I’m around Hirsch, I want to have the infectious joy and rebellious spirit he holds for the church. A book that is sure to challenge me to think clearly about what I believe concerning God’s mission and the church.
  12. Gunning for God: Why the New Atheists are Missing the Target by John Lennox – Lennox has become a well-known voice in the debates regarding the existence of God.

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