100 Books (2016-17)

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I started a journey on September 22, 2016 to read 100 books in a year! I’m updating this page weekly to let you know what I’m reading, what I’ve read, and how far I have left to go to reach my goal of 100 books by September  15, 2017.

I have done this and recorded the journey a couple of times here on the blog and so I thought it would be fun to do again. Soon I’ll start posting the titles of the books I’ve read and their page count as well as a simple star system (1-5). To let you know what I thought of the book. If I post a review on here I’ll share the link. 

Many of the books I read are “foils” in that I purposefully read books from an opposing view point. If I post on one of these books I will simply put the word “foil” in parenthesis beside it so you will know that I don’t fully believe or endorse that book. Regardless of if I agree with the author, I will still rate the book on the star system according to the quality of writing and the quality of arguments… So a “foil” book might get a 5 star rating if the author took on the actual arguments on an issue instead of raising and creating “straw men” arguments or diverting our attention from the real issue.

At this time my interests are pretty heavy in theology, philosophy, American history, business, economics, leadership, parenting, and obviously Christianity. I will also be reading a lot of fiction this year due to the influence of a very good friend who is a middle school English teacher and in preparation for my daughter who is an avid reader.

Thanks for Checking in. I will be updating weekly so feel free to bookmark this page and come back often. In the man time.

What books would you recommend for my reading list? 

  1.  Re-Imagining Nature: The Promise of a Christian Natural Theology – Alister McGrath, 250 Pages – Natural Theology (Academic)  – 5 Stars
  2. Till We All Have Faces: A Myth Retold – C.S. Lewis, 324 Pages – Literature, Fiction, Mythology –4 Stars
  3. The Goblin Crown – Robert Hewitt Wolfe, 336 Pages – Literature, Fantasy Fiction, Teen, Adventure. (Advanced Reader Copy – Due out Nov. 15). – 4 Stars
  4. The Giver – Lois Lowery, 240 Pages – Literature, Science Fiction, Dystopian – 4 Stars
  5. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho, 208 Pages – Literature, Fiction, Spirituality (FOIL) – 4 Stars.
  6. The Lord of the Flies – William Golding, 224 Pages – Literature, Fiction, Coming of Age, Classics. – 5 Stars
  7. Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keys – 324 Pages – Literature, Fiction, Psychological Thriller. – 4 Stars.
  8. One of the Few – Jason B. Ladd – 318 Pages – Biography, Religion, Christian living (See My Review Here). – 5 Stars
  9.  Winning Plays – Matt Mayberry – 272 Pages – Self-Help, Sports & Outdoors, Business. – 3 Stars
  10. Milkweed –  Jerry Spinelli – 240 Pages – Literature, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Holocaust. – 5+ Stars.
  11. Dangerous Days of Daniel X – James Patterson – 277 Pages – Literature, Fiction, Action & Adventure, Aliens. – 4 Stars
  12. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury – 249 Pages – Literature, Fiction, Classics, Politics & Government, Censorship. – 4.5 Stars
  13. Good to Great and the Social Sectors – Jim Collins – 35 Pages – Business & Money, Management & Leadership, Strategy. – 4 Stars
  14. The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell – Yudhijit Bhattacharjee – 304 Pages – Biography, True Crime, Espionage. – 5 Stars
  15. Out of the Silent Planet – C.S. Lewis – 160 Pages – Literature, Science Fiction, Classic. – 5 Stars
  16. Perelandra – C.S. Lewis – 192 Pages – Literature, Science Fiction, Classic. – 3 Stars
  17. Marriage and the Mystery of the Gospel – Raymond Ortlund, Jr – 128 Pages – Theology, Marriage, Christian living – 5+ Stars
  18. Stealing from God – Frank Turek – 304 Pages – Religious Studies, Theology, Apologetics – 5 Stars
  19. The Bark of the Bog Owl – Jonathan Rogers – 248 Pages – Literature, Fiction,  Children’s Books. – 5 Stars
  20. The Secret of the Swamp King – Jonathan Rogers – 219 Pages – Literature, Fiction, Children’s Books. – 5 Stars
  21. The Way of the Wilderking – Jonathan Rogers – 212 Pages – Literature, Fiction, Children’s Books – 5 Stars
  22. The Demise of Guys – Philip Zimbardo & Nikita D. Caulombe – 122 Pagess – Counseling, Mental Health, Emotions. – 4 Stars.
  23. 9 Must Have Conversations for a Doubt Free Wedding Day –  Gary Thomas, Steve Wilke & Rebecca Wilke – 160 Pages – Christian Living, Relationships, Dating – 4 Stars.
  24. What is Faith – R.C. Sproul – 67 Pages – Religious Studies, Theology – 4.5 Stars.
  25. Habit Stacking – S.J. Scott – 130 Pages – Self-help, business & Money, Entrepreneurship  – 4 Stars.
  26. Partnering with Parents in Youth Ministry – Jim Burns & Mark DeVries – 154 Pages – Christian, ministry and Evangelism, Youth Ministry – 4 Stars.
  27. 23 Anti-procrastination Habits – S.J. Scott – 114 Pages- Business, Management & Leadership, Motivational – 4 Stars.
  28. Confident You – S.J. Scott & Rebecca Livermore – 120 Pages – Business & Money, Education & Reference, Business Skills – 4.5 Stars.
  29. Otherworld – Jared C. Wilson – 386 Pages- Fiction, Suspense, Religious – 5 Stars
  30. The Anxious Christian – Rhett Smith -208 Pages- Christian Living, Counseling & Recovery – 4 Stars.
  31. Desiring God – John Piper – 368 Pages – Theology, Ministry & Evangelism, Discipleship – 4 Stars.
  32. Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson – 302 Pages – Fiction, Classic, Action/ Adventure. – 5 Stars.
  33. Some Small Magic – Billy Coffey- 416 Pages – Fiction, Coming of Age, Inspiration. – 4 Stars.
  34. How to Write Copy that Sells – Ray Edwards – 186 Pages – Marketing and Sales, Business Writing – 5 Stars.
  35. Martin Luther: Renegade and Prophet – Lyndal Roper -576 Pages – History, Historical Theology, Biography, – 4 Stars.
  36. The God Ask – Steve Shadrach – 352 Pages – Non-Profit, Fundraising, Ministry & Mission. – 5+ Stars (a must read for anyone raising support).
  37. Moby Dick – Herman Melville – 768 Pages – Fiction, Classics – 4 Stars.
  38. Galileo Goes to Jail and Other Myths about Science and Religion – Ronald L Numbers – 320 Pages – History & Philosophy, Science & Religion – 4.5 Stars.
  39. Getting Jesus Wrong – Matt Johnson- 179 pages- Christian Living, Spiritual Growth. – 4 Stars.
  40. Think Again (Due out April 10) – Jared Mellinger – 192 Pages – Christian Living – 5 Stars.
  41. How Does Sanctification Work?(Due out May 31) David Powlison – 128 Pages – Religious Studies, Theology, Counseling – 5 Stars.

So far I’ve read 41 books and have 59 more to go toward my goal of 100 and have read at least 10,633 pages since I started counting on September 22, 2016.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission (Yea! book money!). Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”