Reading

One of my favorite things to do is to read, and so I read a lot—about 100 books a year, for a rough average of two a week. Lest I devolve into a full-fledged book snob, however, I often remind myself of the wise words of John Wesley: “Beware you be not swallowed up in books: an ounce of love is worth a pound of knowledge.”

If we had to choose between loving and reading, we’d certainly do well to choose the former. My hunch, though, is that the discipline of reading widely and well is a crucial part of loving God with our minds and loving our neighbors as ourselves. Here’s where my reading journey has led.

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34. Alma GuillermoprietoThe Heart That Bleeds (currently reading)
33. Julia Alvarez, The Other Side
32. Seth Godin, Tribes
31. Roger AngellGame Time: A Baseball Companion
30. Luci Shaw, Adventure of Ascent
29. N.T. Wright, The Case for the Psalms
28. Mary OliverEvidence: Poems
27. Greg Pennoyer & Gregory Wolfe, eds.God for Us
26. Martín Espada, The Trouble Ball: Poems
25. John Stott, Christian Mission in the Modern World
24. Madeleine L’Engle, A Cry Like a Bell: Poems
23. Richard Mouw, He Shines In All That’s Fair
22. Annie Dillard, The Writing Life
21. Steven Garber, Visions of Vocation
20. Graham Tomlin, Looking Through the Cross
19. Billy Collins, Questions About Angels: Poems
18. Addie Zierman, When We Were On Fire
17. Peter Greer & Chris HorstMission Drift
16. Wendell Berry, Given: Poems
15. Lesslie Newbigin, Signs Amid the Rubble
14. Henri NouwenBehold the Beauty of the Lord
13. Alan Jacobs, The Book of Common Prayer: A Biography
12. Gary Haugen & Victor Butros, The Locust Effect
11. J.I. Packer, ed.To Be a Christian: An Anglican Catechism
10. Benjamin Myers, Christ the Stranger
9. Susan VanZanten, Reading a Different Story
8. Mary Doria RussellThe Sparrow: A Novel
7. Os GuinnessThe Global Public Square
6. William Cavanaugh, Being Consumed
5. Todd HunterThe Accidental Anglican
4. J.I. Packer, Weakness is the Way
3. St. John Chrysostom, On Wealth & Poverty
2. Eugene Peterson, Holy Luck: Poems
1. Edward Gilbreath, Birmingham Revolution