It’s been some time since I last updated this and can’t see myself writing a full review on all of these. This list is now much larger than it was when I started. I read several books a month.
Ok – so I have no chance of getting all of these written. I thought it was a possibility, but each review takes me around an hour to write and some of these I am finding I virtually need to go back and reread the book to write the review, which is a pretty pointless exercise.
I will commit to writing reviews as I get time and on books that I think are worth it. Apart from that, I will link each book to either the author’s page, or to a book seller.
Sorry to let you down by not writing reviews. Let’s face it, my impressions are really, just that, mine. You should read these books for yourself. I’ll offer a quick note on each for now.
- 12 Rules for Life (Jordan Peterson) Interesting read but ultimately, missing the bible and therefore doomed to fail in explaining life
- Fathered by God (John Eldredge) This is a very good book that leads men through a framework of discovery of themselves as mature and adult men
- Finding Organic Church (Frank Viola) The problem with this book is that it is a little too prescriptive, nevertheless, the concept is sound and pretty close to my heart
- The Cost of Discipleship (Dietrich Bonhoeffer) I read this, knowing nothing about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, it was very powerful and then to read of his life, oh wow. Highly recommend this book.
- Pagan Christianity (Frank Viola) This book broke me in some respects. I will write a review. Read it if you are strong in your faith, otherwise, leave it aside for now. It will challenge you in ways that might shake your faith.
- Good Strategy Bad Strategy (Richard Rumelt) I am struggling to remember much about this book. My work in senior management means that I am constantly working through strategy and I read this to support my work.
- Life on Purpose (Victor J Strecher) I read this at a time where I was struggling to make sense of where and what I was meant to be about. The book encourages you to find a rudder for the boat of your life.
- The Power of Habit (Charles Duhigg) What makes us form habits that affect our lives for good or bad? This book assists very much with understanding the neuroscience of habits. I recommend it!
- So good they can’t ignore you (Cal Newport) So often we are told to “follow your passion” as a career. I have long distrusted this advice – otherwise, I would make a career out of reading in a log cabin somewhere! This book recommends that you develop a skill set that makes you impossible to overlook. Pretty good advice.
- Ego is the Enemy (Ryan Holiday) This book is a great encouragement to humility and learning from others. It misses God in the formula, but nevertheless, it is pretty powerful in its context.
- Thinking, Fast and Slow (Daniel Kahneman) An interesting delve into neuroscience and how we think.
- Emotional Intelligence (Daniel Goleman) I read this because this is an area of weakness for me. It was ok.
- The Utter Relief of Holiness (John Eldredge) Sadly, I felt a little let down by this. Not sure if that’s my failure or if John missed the mark? I have been meaning to re-read it and try to “get it”.
- The Untold Story of the New Testament Church (Frank Viola) I will write a review on this. I found this powerfully moving, though I didn’t realise it until towards the end. Frank does seem to me to have an issue with his chronology (trying to fit the NT into the period pre-AD70) but nevertheless, it does really help to contextualise the New Testament.
- From Eternity to Here (Frank Viola) Wow – just restructures your thinking about what we are here for. Highly recommend this book. If you ever thought Numbers 14:21 was limited, then this is your book!
- Changed into His Likeness (Watchman Nee) This book demonstrates strength from weakness, I really recommend it.
- The Sacred Romance (Brent Curtis, John Eldredge) I gather this is the book the started it all for John. Interesting for the prototype ideas that he develops in his later books.
- Insurgence (Frank Viola) For some reason, this book just didn’t engage me at all. Not what I was looking for at the time I guess.
- The Normal Christian Life (Watchman Nee) A good read and important to ensure that you do read it
- Elpis Israel (John Thomas) I found it profound when I read it in full instead of studying passages. Some of the book will send you to sleep and other parts will hit you hard. I recommend reading it carefully and recognising it for the era and style it was written in.
- Walden (Henry David Thoreau) Pretentious
- The Church in the Eternal Purpose of God (Watchman Nee) I read this because I was struggling to deal with the church and its value. This book helped me to separate the Body of Christ, from the often hypocritical human institution of organised religion.
- Shaken (Tim Tebow) I read this on the advice of a friend. I found it helpful when I was in a pretty dark place
- Letters to the Church (Francis Chan) I read this in the midst of my turmoil around leaving organised religion. I can’t remember a lot of it now, but I do recall that I was not in a place where I was ready to hear Francis…
- Mere Christianity (CS Lewis) One of the most important Christian books to read. Highly recommend.
- Hearing God (Dallas Willard) I read this at a time when I was not really in a relationship with God – He was in a relationship with me, but I wasn’t listening properly. This book helped me get myself sorted out.
- Get Your Life Back (John Eldredge) If you feel like your life is not yours to surrender to God, read this. Then make your life a living sacrifice.
- Waking the Dead (John Eldredge) One I need to re-read – I have forgotten some of it.
- The Knowledge of the Holy (AW Tozer) I didn’t finish this. I found it too obscure and too “churchy”. It just didn’t feel authentic to me.
- The Pursuit of God (AW Tozer) I found this book more accessible than “The Knowledge of the Holy” and pretty powerful. Inspirational.
- Becoming a King (Morgan Snyder, John Eldredge) A friend of mine recommended this book, I found it fairly un-engaging. It seems to rehash much of Wild at Heart and Fathered by God.
- A Gentle Thunder (Max Lucado) I strongly recommend this one.
- Winning the War in your Mind (Craig Groeschel) I have had too much therapy and counselling to be too excited by pop psychology. This book is pretty good for what it is and at least puts a Christian spin on the therapies that you should be working through with a professional if you have a mental illness.
- Hope in the Dark (Craig Groeschel) If you are in trouble right now, this is the book for you… in fact, read it now so you have some tools for when trouble hits (as it inevitably will)!
- A Fellowship of Differents (Scot McKnight) Probably a little too American centric for mine. I found that the book scraped a few raw wounds for me – I try to accept all, why do I struggle to be accepted?
- The Christian Atheist (Craig Groeschel) About to read it
- Church History in Plain Language (Bruce L Shelley) About to read it