2015 Reading in Review

According to Goodreads (the app I use to keep track of what I've read, am reading, and want to read), I plowed through 10,285 pages (or 34 books) this year. The range of publication dates spanned 60 years, from 1955 (Surprised by Joy by C. S. Lewis) to 2015 (The Road to Character by David Brooks). Here are some of the ones I enjoyed most.

Battling Unbelief (by John Piper)
A shorter book on how to fight sin by believing the superior promises of God rather than the deceitfulness of sin.

You Can't Make This Up: Miracles, Memories, and the Perfect Marriage of Sports and Television (by Al Michaels)
An enjoyable memoir from long-time sportscaster, Al Michaels.

Newton on the Christian Life (by Tony Reinke)
*One of my favorites of 2015, this book summarizes the practical and Christ-focused theology and counsel of the pastor who wrote the hymn, Amazing Grace, John Newton.

Outliers: The Story of Success (by Malcom Gladwell)
A counter-intuitive analysis of what it takes to get ahead by one of today's most thoughtful and articulate journalists.

Rejoicing in Christ (by Michael Reeves)
*Another of my favorites--a goldmine of life-changing, heart-nourishing, Christ-centered truth.

Pilgrim's Progress (retold by Gary D. Schmidt)
A brilliant retelling of the classic story about the Christian life.

The Greater Journey: American's in Paris (by David McCullough)
A series of biographical vignettes woven together by master-storyteller, David McCullough.

You and Me Forever: Marriage in Light of Eternity (by Francis Chan)
This short and pointed reminder about the essence and final goal of all marriages.

George Whitefield: America's Spiritual Founding Father (by Thomas Kidd)
An even-handed and well-written biography of this gospel-saturated, Christ-focused evangelist.

41: A Portrait of My Father (by George W. Bush)
A warm-hearted biography of U.S. President, George H. W. Bush, as told by his son, U.S. President, George W. Bush.

In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the U.S.S. Jeanettte (by Hampton Sides)
A gripping and detailed story that has been forgotten by many today.

Doctrine Matters: Ten Theological Trademarks from a Lifetime of Preaching (by John Piper)
Ten brief chapters try to capture the theological heartbeat of the ministry of John Piper.

Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God (by Tim Keller)
This is now perhaps the go-to book on prayer.

Home (by Marilynn Robinson)
A wonderfully humane story of life, family, regret, and restoration--as told by one of the premier novelists of our time.

David and Goliath (by Malcolm Gladwell)
Another counter-intuitive examination of a story we thought we knew--and its enduring validation and impact today.

Boys in the Boat (by Daniel James Brown)
The captivating and forgotten story of the unlikely Olympic rowing team who overcame all odds.

The Road to Character (by David Brooks)
NY Times columnist, David Brooks, reminds us how old-fashioned virtues are never out of date.