I set the bar pretty low this year with my 2020 Reading Challenge, so, luckily, I was able to clear it. Some people were able to read more during the pandemic, but that was not the case for me. Two of the books were not on my list originally and were quite short (under 100 pages), but they were free on Kindle, so I tried them out.
I had originally planned to read two Keller books – Songs of Jesus and Meaning of Marriage – but I dropped both of those. I was about nine months through the former when our church started a read through the entire Bible plan and I only read the intro chapter to the latter because it was part of a study my community group was doing that started in March. I planned to pick both of those back up in August/September of 21. Coincidentally, I added two Keller books, I reread Prayer and read Reason for God, somewhat on a whim.
I had also planned to try to get through Greek for the Rest of Us and to read Foundations of the Christian Faith (Boice) with Mrs. MMT, neither of which worked. Other than those, I hit the rest of those on my list plus a few more. Some came because of some prep work for church, and others came on a whim where I just felt like ordering something else to read.
Here are the books in no particular order:
- A River Runs Through It and Other Stories – a great collection of stories by an incredible writer, I bought this book along with a few others to avoid watching the news and give me something else to do.
- Blood Meridian – another one I bought to avoid life. McCarthy might be one of the most overrated writers today.
- Jesus, Justice, & Gender Roles – Technically, also a Keller book, but Kathy. This was free on Kindle and is part of a three part series. Somewhat ironically, this was the only one that was free.
- How to Read the Psalms – I’m working a long term study of Psalms, had hoped to have it out earlier.
- The Language of God – My Review, bought this as part of prep of a panel discussion on evolution/age of the earth (watch it here).
- Anna Karenina – Been on the list awhile, Mrs. MMT stole it from me, read it first and then has complained I have finished. Netflix has the miniseries, so we’ll probably watch that when football is over.
- The Reason for God – My Review. Fairly famous book that I had not read. I was talking to a coworker who mentioned reading it. He was not someone I would have expected to read something like this, so I felt compelled to get to it.
- Four Views on Creation, Evolution, & Intelligent Design – My review, again prep for this series.
- Prayer – My review. I was just struggle in the midst of the pandemic and had hoped to ramp up my prayer life, so I went back to this book, probably the best on prayer there is.
- The Old Man and the Sea – My review. Good short book.
- Speaking Truth in Love – This had been on my list for awhile. Not as great as I had hoped.
- Seaworthy – My review. This might have been one of the wildest things I’ve ever read. Took it from my dad back this summer.
- Coronavirus and Christ – My review. Free book from Piper.
- Welcoming the Future Church – My review. I think this is the last ARC book I’ve received.
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck – Someone at work lent this to me. It helped her, but isn’t something I need too much help with. I may still review it, but ultimately it is a blog post turned into a book, where the guy seems to forget his shtick, and has to add nurmours f*cks on some pages.
- Reflections at 90 – My review. Been on the list awhile
- The Great Divorce – Reread it as part of my community group.
- Dune – I could have sworn I reviewed this. I guess I need to get on it before the movie comes out. A genre defining book that lives up to hype.
- Jesus Skeptic – My review, another ARC book, one of the better ones. Good for basic knowledge/apologetics.