Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Books Read in 2011 - a running list

Finished in June:
Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life by Spencer Johnson: A fun book that you are able to read in about an hour (available at your local library). This was a good book for the folks like me who get anxious about change in life and work.
The Brothers Karamazov (Giant Thrifts)  by Dostoevsky - I wasn't as enthralled as others seem to be regarding this book. What did I miss?
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien (classic!) - fun book to read aloud with Carrie over vacation.
Mastering the Rockefeller Habits: What You Must Do to Increase the Value of Your Fast-Growth Firm by Verne Harnish (recommended by a wiser pastor who has worked in large and small churches) - fun read for a pastor, quite applicable to the church in some ways.
Ender's Game (Ender, Book 1)  by Orson Scott Card
Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream by Pastor David Platt
The Silver Chair (The Chronicles of Narnia, Full-Color Collector's Edition) by CS Lewis: I listened to this via Focus on the Family's stellar readers' theater edition in the car with my family. Get the whole set: The Chronicles of Narnia: Never Has the Magic Been So Real (Radio Theatre) [Full Cast Drama]
A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quintet) - another read aloud book with Carrie
"Preaching to a Postmodern World" - Finished my read through of Tim Keller's and Edmund Clowney's Classnotes from a Doctor of Minstry course offered in 2002. Notes can be found here.

Currently Reading:

A History of the American People  by Paul Johnson (a wise Brit speaking truth about the founding and progression of this fascinating country)
Genesis in Space and Time (Bible Commentary for Layman) by Francis Schaeffer
The Meaning of the Pentateuch: Revelation, Composition and Interpretation by John Sailhamer

The Business of Heaven: Daily Readings from C. S. Lewis (I have been going through Lewis' daily readings since March)
The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible's Grand Narrative by Chris Wright
Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin (slowly but surely)
Spiritual Leadership: Principles of Excellence for Every Believer by J. Oswald Sanders (reading this a few chapters a month with my mentor)
Naked by David Sedaris - modern, secular writer/comedian dealing with the humor/complexities of life. Recommended by sister-in-law and boyfriend. Looking forward to talking with them about the book when completed.


PREVIOUS MONTHS:

Finished in May:
The Cross of Christ by John Stott (a must read for pastor and laymen alike).
The Complete Anne of Green Gables - My wife and I read aloud 3 of the books in this very humorous classic.
Matthew, Mark, Luke (The Expositor's Bible Commentary, vol. 8) (Expositor's Bible Commentary, The)  Matthew by DA Carson - Stellar work  by a young Don. (by far my go-to resource when going through the Gospel of Matthew this past year)
The Message of Matthew: The Kingdom of Heaven (Bible Speaks Today) by Michael Green. This was the only other Matthew commentary that was read to near entirely in the Matthew series. I'm learning that I don't need as many commentaries for a sermon series as I originally thought. In the future 3-4 will be sufficient.
If Those Who Reach Could Touch by Gordon and Gail MacDonald. An encouraging read for those who desire to bless others at the soul level. 
Prince Caspian and Voyage of the Dawn Treador by CS Lewis: I listened to these via Focus on the Family's stellar readers' theater edition in the car with my family. Get the whole set: The Chronicles of Narnia: Never Has the Magic Been So Real (Radio Theatre) [Full Cast Drama]


Finished in April:
Disciplines of a Godly Man by Kent Hughes (men's small group)
Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God  by John Piper. Jesus tells us to love God with our mind . . . are you doing this?
Church Unique: How Missional Leaders Cast Vision, Capture Culture, and Create Movement (Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series) by Will Mancini 

The Magician's Nephew and The Horse and His Boy by CS Lewis. I listened to these via Focus on the Family's stellar readers' theater edition in the car with my family. Get the whole set: The Chronicles of Narnia: Never Has the Magic Been So Real (Radio Theatre) [Full Cast Drama]


March:
That Hideous Strength (Space Trilogy, Book 3)  - by CS Lewis: If you had a tough time reading CS Lewis' The Abolition of Man this fiction book will help you like it did me.
Locking Arms: Shoulder to Shoulder, Man to Man...God's Design for Masculine Friendships by Stu Weber: I really enjoyed this book.
Total Church: A Radical Reshaping around Gospel and Community (Re:Lit) - Possibly one of the best books on the market on what it means to be the church.
 Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy - by Eric Metaxas - A heroic tale of one man's willingness to walk with Christ by faith (not your typical Sunday School hero).
Generation to Generation: Family Process in Church and Synagogue (The Guilford Family Therapy Series) by Edwin Friedman (very very interesting)
Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia S.) by CS Lewis. I listened to this via Focus on the Family's stellar readers' theater edition in the car with my family. Get the whole set: The Chronicles of Narnia: Never Has the Magic Been So Real (Radio Theatre) [Full Cast Drama]

February:
When God Weeps by Joni Eareckson Tada and Steve Estes (a masterful work on human suffering, while maintaining God's sovereignty, power, and goodness)
Freedom Cry by Matthew Burden (the first book of a 3-part epic called, "The Hidden Kings Trilogy," that every fantasy lover and Tolkien fan should buy)
Perelandra (Space Trilogy, Book 2) by CS Lewis (fun science fiction that attacks a myriad of topics: the Fall into sin, human responsibility, divine sovereignty, evil, temptation, etc.)
RESTORING YOUR SPIRITUAL PASSION by Gordon MacDonald - I love most things Gordon has to say about life, the soul, ministry, etc.

January:
Living the Cross Centered Life: Keeping the Gospel the Main Thing by CJ Mahaney (short, but sweet reminder on the Gospel of Christ)
Watership Down: A Novel by Richard Adams (great piece of fantasy fiction, highly recommend)
The Message of Job (Bible Speaks Today) by David Atkinson (easy to read commentary on Job)
Tender Warrior: Every Man's Purpose, Every Woman's Dream, Every Child's Hope by Stu Weber (a good reminder for men, and current and future fathers and husbands).
Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life by CS Lewis (Lewis' autobiography of his spiritual journey to meet the Person behind all tastes of earthly joy . . . a tough read, but a great read for the Lewis-lover)

2 comments:

Drew Hill said...

Dude. Just holding you accountable. I feel like you have a serious addiction to reading. Kidding, but wow. I wish I read 1/10th what Doctor Proctor churns out. miss u man.

Matt and Carrie Proctor said...

I'm kinda a one hobby man. You renaissance men (musicians, athletes, drama stars, etc.) needn't compare, but it is amazing what 30-90 minutes a day allows for (with the occasional day when I get 3 hours in).
but i appreciate the accountability because there have been too many times when I've been reading when I should be with people.
Some people watch tv for thrills; I'm a book man.