Writings on Christianity

2019 Reading List and Habits

I’m thankful for all the books I read in 2019. By God’s grace, it was another good years of reading. We are blessed to have so many good books to read and so many that free to download online.

About half the books I read in 2019 were rereads–some I have reread multiple times. I think a REALLY good book is one that we find ourselves rereading multiple times.

Every year I try to read a mixture of books, including classics that I have never read in the past. I really enjoyed reading the unabridged “Count of Monte Cristo” by Dumas; it such a good story and fun to read–it is long, so it took 5 months to work through! I started working my way through Jane Austen’s catalogue this year, and am glad I did–you can download these for free at Project Gutenberg website.

This year we started reading longer books outloud to our children. We managed to work “The Hobbit” by Tolkein. I’m looking forward to doing more of that in 2020–our plan is work through the Narnia series!

If I could only recommend one book from all that I read this year, it would probably be the Puritan read “The Saints Everlasting Rest” by Richard Baxter. I read the abridged version, which can be downloaded for free from Baxter wrote the book when he was on his deathbed and had a lot of time to ponder eternity–he ended up recovering. In his day it was a best-seller and over 1,000 pages long! The abridged version (100 or so pages on kindle) is well worth your time. He helps the believer see how glorious and wonderful heaven is and how wise and valuable for Christians to think more about heaven daily–Baxter argued we ought to take ourselves by the hand and remind ourselves of the glories of heaven and being with Christ. The more I read the Puritans the more I see how much wisdom they had.

I also really enjoyed “The Clouds Ye So Much Dread” by Grieser. We certainly had some tough times to walk through as a church in 2019 with the passing away of one of our members, and this book helps a believer trust in the goodness of God even in the midst of uncertainty and hardship. Here’s a post I wrote on the book several months ago.

Below is the list of the books I made it through in 2019–a few I only made it several hundred pages in…

2019 Books

  1. “Lincoln” by David Herbert Donald
  2. “Parenting” by Paul David Tripp
  3. “The Magician’s Nephew” by C.S. Lewis (reread)
  4. “After the Flood” by Bill Cooper
  5. “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis (reread)
  6. “What Can We Know About God?” by R.C. Sproul
  7. “Expository Apologetics: Answering Objections with the Power of the Word” by Voddie Baucham
  8. “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis (reread)
  9. “The Horse and His Boy” by C.S. Lewis (reread)
  10. “Confessions” by Augustine (reread)
  11. “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen
  12. “Divine Comedy” by Glen Scivener
  13. “The Pilgrim’s Progress” by John Bunyan (reread)
  14. “The Clouds Ye So Much Dread: Hard Times and the Kindness of God” by Hannah K. Grieser
  15. “Christians Get Depressed Too” by David Murray
  16. “Prince Caspian” by C.S. Lewis (reread)
  17. “Why on Earth Did Anyone Become a Christian in the First Three Centuries?” by Larry Hurtado
  18. “Fairy Tales” by Brothers Grimm
  19. “The Christian Ministry” by Charles Bridges (reread)
  20. “Screwtape Letters” by C.S. Lewis (reread)
  21. “The Cross of Christ” by John Stott (reread)
  22. “The Apostolic Fathers: Greek Texts and English Translations” Edited by Michael W. Holmes
  23. “Life Together” by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (reread)
  24. “The Pastor’s Guide to Leading & Living” by O.S. Hawkins
  25. “This Momentary Marriage” by John Piper
  26. “Evangelism in the Early Church” by Michael Green
  27. “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” by C.S. Lewis (reread)
  28. “A Gospel Primer” by Milton Vincent (reread)
  29. “Gay Girl, Good God” by Jackie Hill Perry
  30. “Weakness is the Way: Life With Christ Our Strength” by J.I. Packer
  31. “Silver Chair” by C.S. Lewis (reread)
  32. “The Crook In the Lot” by Thomas Boston
  33. “Christianity Considered: A Guide for Skeptics and Seekers” by John Frame
  34. “J. Hudson Taylor: A Man in Christ” by Roger Steer
  35. “A History of English Baptists” by A. C. Underwood
  36. “Can We Trust The Gospels?” by Peter J. Williams
  37. “Absolute Surrender” by Andrew Murray (audio)
  38. “The Good God” by Michael Reeves (reread)
  39. “Enjoy Your Prayer Life” by Michael Reeves
  40. “The Last Battle” by C.S. Lewis (reread)
  41. “The Count of Monte-Cristo” by Alexandre Dumas
  42. “The Bible” (ESV) by God (reread)
  43. “The Happy Christian” by David Murray
  44. “Out of the Silent Planet” by C.S. Lewis (reread)
  45. “Fire Road” by Kim Phuc Phan Thi (audio)
  46. “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien (read aloud as family)
  47. “Sense and Sensibility” by Jane Austen
  48. “Perelandra” by C.S. Lewis (reread)
  49. “Christian Ethics: Four Views” edited by Steve Wilkens
  50. “How to be an Atheist: Why Many Skeptics Aren’t Skeptical Enough” by Mitch Stokes (reread)
  51. “The Saints’ Everlasting Rest” by Richard Baxter
  52. “That Hideous Strength” by C.S. Lewis
  53. “Unseen Realities: Heaven, Hell, Angels, and Demons” by R.C. Sproul
  54. “Emma” by Jane Austen
  55. “Greco-Roman World of the New Testament” by James Jeffers (only first 200 pages)
  56. “A New Testament Biblical Theology” by G.K. Beale (only first 350 pages)
  57. “On the Incarnation” by Athanasius

By Tom Schmidt

Christian, husband of Rach, Church Planter,musician,

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