Writings on Christianity

2020 Books Read

This was a good read year of reading books for me. I think the pandemic afforded more time to read.

This year we read more outloud as a family together , which is a practice I would like for us to continue. It was a lot of fun to read through the Narnias together and talk about them at the dinner table (or when tucking in to bed).

Of the 65 books read, different books were impacting and enjoyable in different ways and in different seasons of this interesting year. Theologically, I think Jeremiah Burrough’s “The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment” was really insightful and helpful–as the Puritans usually are. The Paton autobiography was particularly inspiring .

If could only recommend one to read from this list–besides the Bible!–I would say you should read through the “Wonderful Works of God” by Herman Bavinck. This is a one volume systematic theology written at a lay-level. It really enjoyable to read, accessible, insightful, and helpful in understanding the story of Scripture.


  1. “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis (read aloud as family)
  2. “Canon Revisited” by Michael Kruger
  3. “John G. Paton” by John G. Paton
  4. “Competing Spectacles: Treasuring Christ in the Media Age” by Tony Reinke (audio)
  5. “The Sovereignty of God” by A.W. Pink
  6. “Echo in Celebration: A Call to Home-Centered Education” by Leigh A Bortins
  7. “Beauty: A Very Short Introduction” by Roger Scruton
  8. “Mansfield Park” by Jane Austen
  9. “On Christian Doctrine” by Augustine (reread)
  10. “Honest Evangelism” by Rico Tice
  11. “The Winter King” by Christine Cohen
  12. “The Unseen Realm: Recovering the Supernatural Worldview of the Bible” by Michael S. Heiser
  13. “Conscience: What is it, How to Train it, and Loving those Who Differ” by Naselli and Crowley
  14. “Prince Caspian” by C.S. Lewis (reread; read out loud with family)
  15. “Persuasion” by Jane Austen
  16. “Confessions” by Augustine (reread, audio)
  17. “The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment” by Jeremiah Burroughs
  18. “The Screwtape Letters” by C.S. Lewis (reread)
  19. “The Princess and the Goblin” by George MacDonald (reread)
  20. “Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers” by Dane Ortlund
  21. “The Call of the Wild” by Jack London
  22. “Pilgrim’s Progress” by John Bunyan (reread; audio by Nadia May)
  23. “Dawn Treader” by C.S. Lewis (reread, read aloud as family)
  24. “Dominion” by Tom Holland
  25. “Keep in Step with the Spirit” by J.I. Packer
  26. “We Died Before We Came Here” by Emily Foreman
  27. “The Unsearchable Riches of Christ” by Thomas Brooks
  28. “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll
  29. “The Silver Chair” by C.S. Lewis (reread, read aloud as family)
  30. “Coronavirus and Christ” by John Piper (audio)
  31. “Don’t Lose Heart” by Jason Meyer (audio)
  32. “King Solomon’s Mines” by K. Rider Haggard
  33. “Life Together” by Bonhoeffer (reread, audio)
  34. “The Wonderful Works of God” by Herman Bavinck
  35. “Manalive” by G.K. Chesterton
  36. “One to One Bible Reading” by David Helm
  37. “Competing Spectacles” by Tony Reinke (audio, reread)
  38. “Same-Sex Mirage” by Douglas Wilson
  39. “Ion” by Plato
  40. “Confronting Christianity” by Rebecca McLaughlin
  41. “The Great Divorce” by C.S. Lewis (reread)
  42. “Born Again this Way” by Rachel Gilson
  43. “By the Waters of Babylon” by Mesu Andrews (audio)
  44. “The Holy Bible” (ESV) by God (reread)
  45. “Cannery Row” by John Steinbeck
  46. “The Horse and His Boy” C.S. Lewis (read aloud as family, reread)
  47. “Communion with God” (abridged) by John Owen
  48. “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley
  49. “Peace Like A River” by Leif Enger
  50. “The Prodigal God” by Tim Keller
  51. “The Preacher’s Catechism” by Lewis Allen
  52. “Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices” by Thomas Brooks (reread)
  53. “The Magician’s Nephew” by C.S. Lewis (reread; read out loud as family)
  54. “Apples of Gold” by Thomas Brooks
  55. “1776” by David McCullough
  56. “The Last Battle” by C.S. Lewis (read aloud as family, reread)
  57. “Three Treatises” by Martin Luther
  58. “We Are All Philosophers” by John Frame
  59. “On the Apostolic Preaching” by Irenaeus (reread)
  60. “We” by Eugene Zamiatin
  61. “The Mute Christian Under the Smarting Rod” by Thomas Brooks
  62. “The Wingfeather Saga: On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness” by Andrew Peterson
  63. “Another Gospel” by Alisa Childers
  64. “A String of Pearls” by Thomas Brooks
  65. “The Wingfeather Saga: North! Or Be Eaten” by Andrew Peterson

By Tom Schmidt

Christian, husband of Rach, Church Planter,musician,

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