Book List

I love books. I love to read, listen to, and collect books. Books make us better humans. 

What you’ll find here is a current list of the books I’ve completed thus far in 2020. I give you the title and author of the book, as well as a personal rating out of 10, and perhaps a quick comment about the book. I’ll also add that previous year.

Just a heads up, it’s been a C.S. Lewis year. Enjoy. 

2020 List

The Magican’s Nephew, C.S. Lewis, 10/10

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis, 9/10

The Horse and His Boy, C.S. Lewis, 11/10 (the best one in the series.)

Prince Caspian, C.S. Lewis, 8/10

Voyage of the Dawn Treader, C.S. Lewis, 9/10 (Adventure-can’t wait to read to my children; same goes for the whole series.)

The Silver Chair, C.S. Lewis, 9/10 

The Final Battle, C.S. Lewis, 10/10 (What will heaven be like? The last chapters of this books gives a good idea.)

Ploductivity: A Practical Theology of Work and Wealth, Douglas Wilson, 8.5/10

Christian Worldview Series: The Illiad, Louis Markos, 8/10

The Illiad, Homer, 8.5/10 (Tons of Greek names and very specific in the battle scenes. Great speeches and demonstrations of heroism)

Mere Fundamentalism, Douglas Wilson, 9/10 (Great summation and implications of the Christian Faith found in the Apostles Creed-read twice.)

Cosmic Trilogy 1: Out of the Silent Planet, C.S. Lewis, 9/10

Cosmic Trilogy 2: Perelandra, C.S. Lewis, 10/10

Cosmic Trilogy 3: That Hideous Strength, C.S. Lewis, 11/10 (Amazing. Lewis’s thoughts about secularism and materialism in novel form. Unforgettable.)

The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien, 10/10

Orthodoxy, G.K. Chesterton, 11/10 (So many one-liners, paradoxical statements, and great connections of ideas – a masterpiece I’ll never plumb the depths of.)

Hamlet, William Shakespeare, 9/10 (“Do be or not to be? That is the question.”)

MacBeth, William Shakespeare, 9/10 

Future Men, Douglas Wilson, 9/10 (From book: “If boys don’t learn, men won’t know.”)

A Grief Observed, C.S. Lewis, 8/10

Vindiciae Contra Tyrannos: A Defense of Liberty Against Tyrants, Junius Brutus, 8.5/10 (Kings govern by the consent of the people; once the king breeches the contract, he becomes a tyrant. Timely.)

Ploductivity, Douglas Wilson, 8.5/10 (Ploductivity: a) the practice of plodding away at a pile of work, instead of frantically trying to sprint through it all b) being stable and graceful, like a buffalo upon the plains, not frantic, like a prairie dog or roadrunner.)

The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis, 7.5/10

Present Concerns, C.S. Lewis, 9/10 (A compilation of Lewis’s essays. Many of his insights are excellent and he writes as if he wrote 8 weeks ago, not 80 years ago.)

The Aeneid, Virgil, 10/10 (The foundational mythic poem of the Roman people. A great work.)

Candide, Voltaire, 7.5/10

The Weight of Glory, C.S. Lewis, 9/10

The Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli, 8/10 (Interesting and infamous work. Notable quotes: “A prince must never take it easy in times of peace,” “Therefore if a prince wants to maintain his rule he must be prepared not to be virtuous,” “It is far better to be feared than loved if you cannot be both,” “One must be a fox in order to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten off wolves.”)

The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States of America (not books, but still important documents.)

The Serpent and the Serpent Slayer, Andrew Naselli, 10/10 (Excellent. A biblical theology on the theme of serpent. The amount of references to serpents surprised me.)

The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 10/10 

The Lord’s Supper as the Sign and Meal of the New Covenant, Guy Waters, 8/10

Slaying Leviathan: Limited Government and Resistance in the Christian Tradition, Glenn Sunshine, 10/10

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling, 10/10

A Learned Treatise of the Plague, Theodore Beza, 5/10

Rules for Reformers, Douglas Wilson, 8.5/10

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, 5.5/10 (Weird book.) 

 

2019

Harry Potter and the Sorcer’s Stone, J.K. Rowling, 8/10
Why Small Groups, C.J. Maheny, 8.5/10
Family Worship, Don Whitney, 9/10 
Christian Worldview: A Students Guide, Philip Ryken, 10/10
Small Groups with a Purpose, Steve Gladden, 6/10
The Magician’s Nephew, C.S. Lewis, 10/10
The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis, 9/10
Prince Caspian, C.S. Lewis, 8/10
The Horse and His Boy, C.S. Lewis, 11/10
The Voyage of Dawn Treader, C.S. Lewis, 10/10
The Silver Chair, C.S. Lewis, 9/10
The Last Battle, C.S. Lewis 10/10
Women’s Ministry in the Local Church, Ligon Duncan and Susan Hunt, 9/10
Lectures on Calvinism, Abraham Kuyper, 10/10 (Worthy of another read)
How to Read Proverbs, Tremper Longman III, 9/10
Biblical and Theological Studies
Lectures to my Students (Abridged: Lectures 1-10), Charles Spurgeon, 9/10
All Things New: Rediscovering the Four-Chapter Gospel, Hugh Wenchel, 8.5/10
You Are What You Love, James K.A. Smith, 9/10 (Our desires and loves shape our habits, character, and life according to Augustine and Aristotle.) 
8 Hours or Less: Preaching Faithful Sermons Faster, Ryan Hugley, 7/10
The Disciple Making Church, Bill Hull, 8/10
Memory Man, David Baldacci, 10/10 (Amos Decker, the main character, has the most interesting back ground and set of skills of almost any character I’ve ever read.)
The Fix, David Baldacci, 8.5/10
The Fallen, David Baldacci, 8.5/10
Redemption, David Baldacci, 8.5/10
Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling, 11/10 (Best in the series.)
Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling, 10/10
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling, 10/10
East of Eden, John Steinbeck, 10/10 (Perhaps my favorite novel of all time.)
The Whipping Boy, Sid Fleischman, 10/10 (Reminds me of grade school.)
Heretics, G.K. Chesterton, 8/10
Growing True Disciples
Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck, 8/10
Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand, 10/10 (All her philosophy about economics and the entrepreneurship in novel form. Even without the philosophical principles, the story is great. Very long.)
Man of the House, C.R. Wiley, 15/10 (My favorite book of all time. A ‘how to’ in establishing an ancient household in the 21st century. I can’t overstate the impact this book has had on my life.)
Orthodoxy, G.K. Chesterton, 10/10
Romeo & Juliet, William Shakespeare, 9/10
The New Testament – ESV, 20/10
The Pocket Guide to Action, Kyle Escheneroeder, 9/10 (Meditations to get your feet moving.)
Political Thought: A Student’s Guide, Hunter Baker, 9.5/10
Great Books of the Western World – Vol. 1 – The Great Conversation, 8.5/10
Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky, 11/10 (Perhaps my 2nd favorite novel of all time.)
Economics: A Student’s Guide, Greg Froster, 8/10
Brave New World, Aldous Huxley, 9/10
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll, 9/10
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling, 9/10
Gospel and Kingdom, Graeme Goldsworthy, 9/10
A Middle Earth Traveller,
Short Studies in Biblical Theology: From Chaos to Cosmos, Sidney Greidanus, 10/10
Eve in Exile and the Restoration of Femininity, Rebekah Merkle, 10/10 (An absolute must read for women.)
Short Studies in Biblical Theology:The Son of Man and the New Creation, Graeme Goldsworthy, 8/10
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling, 9/10
The Old Testament – ESV, 20/10
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling, 8.5/10
Short Studies in Biblical Theology: The City of God and the Goal of Creation, T. Desmond Alexander, 9.5/10
The Masculine Mandate, Richard D. Phillips, 9/10
How to be a Responsible Man, Jim Wilson, 9/10
Emblems of the Infinite King, Ryan Lister, 8/10
Short Studies in Biblical Theology:The Kingdom of God and the Glory of the Cross, Patrick Schreiner, 8/10
The Household and the War for the Cosmos, C.R. Wiley, 10/10
Short Studies in Biblical Theology: Work and Our Labor in the Lord, Jim Hamilton, 9/10