Update on 2013 Reading List

I had a goal of at least 40 books I wanted to read in 2013. This list can be found here. So far I have completed 6 out of the 40. However, I have attempted to read and given up on another 11 of them. So 17 of the 40 are now crossed off the list. I’m currently reading 2 of the books that are on the list.
All in all, I have completed 13 books so far for 2013.

1. The Complete Guide to Bible Translations by Ron Rhodes
2. Taking the Word to Heart by Nancy Taylor
3. Am I Really a Christian? by Mike McKinley
4. Plague by H.W. “Buzz” Bernard
5. Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes by E. Randolph Richards & Brandon J. O’Brien
6. How to Choose a Translation for All Its Worth by Mark Strauss & Gordon Fee
7. Final Vector by Alan Leverone
8. The Search for Christian America by Mark Noll & George Marsden
9. Living for God’s Glory by Joel Beeke
10. How to Study the Bible for Yourself by Tim LaHaye
11. Ashamed of the Gospel by John MacArthur
12. Understanding the Big Picture of the Bible by Wayne Grudem
13. The New How to Study Your Bible by Kay Arthur


Books to Re-Read

I seem to be giving up on books left and right lately. Not a lot is grabbing my attention. Last week was rough and I didn’t do much reading at all, even getting behind in my Bible reading.

But after all, reading is a hobby, a pleasurable activity, something for fun (though I do read for growth and learning things). So if it becomes a hardship, then perhaps it’s time to take a break or shift things around.

I have a lot of books that I have read before but want to re-read. Yet so many new books that I haven’t read yet call out for my attention as well. Decisions, decisions! Here are some of the books that I hope to re-read at some point.

The Beautiful Ache by Leigh McLeroy
The Beautiful Ache: Finding the God Who Satisfies When Life Does Not

How People Grow by Henry Cloud and John Townsend
How People Grow: What the Bible Reveals about Personal Growth

Anne of Green Gables (series) by L. M. Montgomery
The Complete Anne of Green Gables Boxed Set (Anne of Green Gables #1-8)

Intimate Faith by Jan Winebrenner
Intimate Faith: A Womans Guide to the Spiritual Disiplines

The Search for Significance by Robert McGee
The Search for Significance: Seeing Your True Worth Through God's Eyes

Shattered Dreams by Larry Crabb
Shattered Dreams: God's Unexpected Path to Joy

Trusting God by Jerry Bridges
Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts

Yearning by M. Craig Barnes
Yearning: Living Between How It Is and How It Ought to Be

A Woman’s Journey to the Heart of God by Cynthia Heald
A Woman's Journey To The Heart Of God

The Grace Awakening by Charles Swindoll
The Grace Awakening: Believing in Grace Is One Thing. Living It Is Another.

And others as well.

How to Study the Bible for Yourself by Tim LaHaye

I’m more concerned that Christians aren’t even reading their Bible, let alone studying it. This book is helpful to get Christians reading the Bible and then moving on to studying it.

How to Study the Bible for YourselfHow to Study the Bible for Yourself by Tim LaHaye
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

While I didn’t agree with everything this author had to say (for one, I’m not a dispensationalist, which seemed to taint some of what he had to say), overall this was a good book on how to study the Bible. It starts with a 3-year plan for reading the Bible in a way that makes it easier to get through and not get bogged down in the Old Testament. There were tips for how to do various studies, including studying books of the Bible, doing character studies and also subject analysis. Recommendations were given for resources that are available, such as concordances, commentaries and Bible dictionaries.