2018 Reading List

This was a great year for reading books for me. I think I may have been the most disciplined in my reading and may have gotten through the most books.

My goal was to read at least 52 books and made it to 59, so am grateful for that. Some of the books were much shorter and others much longer. Some I listened to and my reading was mostly physical books but I did read a good number of e-books as well. Some of the books I skimmed chunks of, though most I tried to read all the way through.

2018 books

  1. “God is the Gospel” by John Piper
  2. “12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You” Tony Reinke (audio)
  3. “Hobbit” Tolkien (repeat)
  4. “God in the Dock” C.S. Lewis (first half of book [150 pages])
  5. “Knowledge and Christian Belief” by Alvin Plantinga 
  6. “Voyage of the Dawn Treader” by C.S. Lewis (repeat)
  7. “Pilgrim’s Progress” by John Bunyan  (repeat)
  8. “Death by Living” ND Wilson
  9. “All Things for Good” by Thomas Watson (repeat)
  10. “Manalive” by G.K. Chesterton (repeat)
  11. “A Lifelong Love” by Gary Thomas (audio)
  12. “Francis Schaeffer: An Authentic Life” by Colin Duriez
  13. “Reformed Pastor” by Richard Baxter (repeat)
  14. “The Messiah Comes to Middle Earth” by Phil Ryken
  15. “The Compelling Community: Where God’s Power Makes A Church Attractive” by Mark Dever and Jamie Dunlop
  16. “Pensees” by Blaises Pascal (first 200 pages) (repeat)
  17. “The Distinctiveness of Baptist Covenant Theology” by Pascal Denault
  18. “I Was A Stranger” by General Sir John Hackett
  19. “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle (repeat)
  20. “Knowing God” by J.I. Packer (repeat)
  21. “A Wind in the Door” by Madeleine L’Engle 
  22. “The Holiness of God” by R.C. Sproul 
  23. “The Man Who Was Thursday” by G.K. Chesterton (repeat)
  24. “The Good God: Enjoying the Father, Son, and Spirit” by Michael Reeves
  25. “Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God” by Tim Keller
  26. “Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor: The Life and Reflections of Tom Carson” by D.A. Carson 
  27. “The Life of God in the Soul of Man” by Henry Scougal (repeat)
  28. “Jonathan Edwards” Trailblazer Series by Christian Timothy George (audio)
  29. “Reset” by David Murray (audio)
  30. “The Great Divorce” by C.S. Lewis (audio) (repeat)
  31. “The Letters of Francis Schaeffer” by Lane Dennis
  32. “The Princess and the Goblin” by George MacDonald
  33. “Inside Out” by Larry Crabb
  34. “Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners” by John Bunyan
  35. “Reasons of the Heart” by William Edgar
  36. “Dune” by Frank Herbert
  37. “3-2-1: The Story of God, the World, and You” by Glen Scrivener (audio) (repeat)
  38. “The Princess and Curdie” by George MacDonald
  39. “Gilead” by Marilynne Robinson
  40. “Tactics” by Gregory Koukl (reread)
  41. “Why Should I Believe Christianity? By James N. Anderson
  42. “Autobiography of George Muller” by George Muller
  43. “The Holy Bible” by God
  44. “7 Days That Divide The World” by John C. Lennox
  45. “Phantastes” by George MacDonald
  46. “What’s Your Worldview” by James N. Anderson
  47. “Comfort for Christians” by A.W. Pink
  48. “George Whitefield” by Thomas S. Kidd
  49. “The Whole Christ” by Sinclair Ferguson (audio)
  50. “At the Back of the North Wind” by George MacDonald
  51. “Heaven” by Randy Alcorn 
  52. “How to Battle Depression and Suicidal Thoughts” by Ray Comfort (audio)
  53. “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson
  54. “The Light Princess” by George MacDonald
  55. “Systematic Theology” by John Frame (two years to finish this)
  56. “Christmas Playlist” by Alistair Begg
  57. “Heresies and How to Avoid Them: Why it Matters What Christians Believe” Edited by Ben Quash and Michael Ward 
  58. “Otherworld: A Novel” by Jared C. Wilson
  59. “Gospel Primer” by Milton Vincent (reread)

Apart from the Bible….My favorite book was “The Good God” by Reeves.

Most helped by “Christian Knowledge” by Plantinga and Frame’s systematic. Most enjoyed George MacDonald fantasy books.

Christian, husband of Rach, Church Planter,musician,
  1. Tyler Smith Reply

    Tom, this is inspiring. I’m not sure how you get that much reading done with 3 kids! I just ordered “The Good God” to check out for a possible book study for our church.
    I also read the Whitefield biography by Thomas Kidd in 2018. That was great.

    • Tom Schmidt Reply

      Hey Tyler!

      Reading Reeves as a possible book study in a church is a great idea.

      That’s neat you also read Kidd’s bio, definitely enjoyed it.

      Hope you are doing well brother.

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