As I said in my “Personal Reflections of 2013” post I have to get back to reading more in 2014. Outside of reading the Bible and singing in worship nothing is better for my soul than reading good books.
I read to learn, be challenged, and grow. Reading, for me, isn’t about entertainment at all. It is about deepening and being called to action. While I hope to get a couple biographies in this year most of my reading are in 3 categories: 1) Spiritual growth 2) Theology 3) Leadership/Ministry.
The above books are the first ones on my list for this year. I am calling them my “base line.” My floor for reading this year is 12 books, the ones you see above. I hope to add 3-8 to that list by the end of the year.
I have several books that have been on my shelf for a long time and have never read. 2014 is the year of reading those books that I have wanted to read for a long time, but have been wasting away on my shelf. Waste no more. I might read 1-2 books that come out this year, but only I feel it is a must read I probably won’t.
Breakdown of “The Twelve”:
- The Pastor by Eugene Peterson
- Father Hunger by Doug Wilson
- Future Men by Doug Wilson
- Standing on the Promises by Doug Wilson
All three of the Doug WIlson books are family oriented. My sons are now 5 and 2. I don’t want to be a reactive parent, I refuse to be. I want to grow in my theology of the home and my application of that theology. Doug Wilson is a great place to start! “The Pastor” is Eugene Peterson’s memoir of his pastoral ministry. He has been faithful for 57 years. I am looking forward to reading his journey as a pastor.
- Christ-Centered Biblical Theology by Graeme Goldsworthy
- Bloodlines by John Piper
- What is the Mission of the Church? by Kevin DeYoung
How I have not already read these books is beyond me. I have owned them for a long time. By the end of 2014 they will officially be on the “read” list! John Piper and Graeme Goldsworthy are the two authors that have had more impact on me than any others. My two year old is name Calvin GRAEME Svoboda for a reason!
Ministry and Leadership
- Working the Angels by Eugene Peterson
- Five Smooth Stones of Pastoral Work by Eugene Peterson
- The Contemplative Pastor by Eugene Peterson
- Preaching and Preachers by Martin Lloyd Jones
- Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham
I love Eugene Peterson. More than many of my other more reformed counterparts. That is their loss. 🙂
Those three picks books by Peterson are essentially his “pastoral epistles.” The man started in the ministry 57 years ago. I am sure there is a lot I can learn from those three books. I am glad that I am starting with his memoir, “The Pastor,” to get the story of his ministry and how it affected him personally. I think that will add to the punch of his “epistles.”
Well, there you have it. I will probably not write “reviews,” but I will write some blog posts on how I was challenged, what I learned, and potentially what I disagreed with.
What are YOU reading this year? Do you have goal for how many?