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50 Books Read in 2018

50 Books Read in 2018

In 2018 I did not set out to read a certain number of books. My goal was to read the major works of Jonathan Edwards and of C.S. Lewis, with other books scattered throughout. As the year progressed, I stuck with that, but a) I decided to read even more Lewis—finishing virtually all his works—and b) I ended up noting that at my pace, I’d read almost exactly fifty books. So in November, I planned out the rest of the books for the year to end up at fifty even…

Sparks and Whispers of Wonder: Reading C.S. Lewis in 2018

Sparks and Whispers of Wonder: Reading C.S. Lewis in 2018

Before I list the books I read, I first here want to try to describe what I think makes Lewis unique and why it was just a joy to read him. As noted in the title of this post, the best phrase I could come up with is “sparks and whispers of wonder.” These two nouns, “sparks” and “whispers” summarize much of Lewis’ distinctiveness…

Clarity and Worship in the Depths: Reading Jonathan Edwards in 2018

Clarity and Worship in the Depths: Reading Jonathan Edwards in 2018

Before I list and summarize the books I read this year by Edwards below, first I would like to describe why this man of God is so unique and powerful, and what it was like reading him. I took some time thinking about how to succinctly describe his writing and thoughts…

24 Comparisons Between C.S. Lewis and Jonathan Edwards

24 Comparisons Between C.S. Lewis and Jonathan Edwards

I briefly want to compare and contrast C.S. Lewis and Jonathan Edwards. I read both this year, and enjoyed them almost equally. They had some similar traits, but also were quite different. For the sake of my own ease, I’ll make a bullet list of similarities and differences—twelve of each…

Experiencing Suffering and the Love of God

Experiencing Suffering and the Love of God

My wife is laying on a hospital bed beside me recovering from surgery as I write. Twenty four hours ago, we were planning on waking up and celebrating our daughter’s one year birthday. Now, it’s seven at night and she’s trying to cope with the pain. It began at 2:30 a.m. for her: vomiting, stomach pain, cramps. Her pain built until 10 a.m. when we drove to the emergency room with our two daughters. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. she was in more severe, escalating pain—likely the most I’ve seen her in. Finally at 2:30 p.m. she was admitted into surgery. The diagnosis was appendicitis—and she’s pregnant, so her health and our son’s life is at stake. The surgery went well—to the praise of God, from the fruit of many’s prayers. But now she’s in recovery. Not the day we planned; but it was his. In it all, he was faithful still…

Pray for the World: Africa (countries N-Z)

Pray for the World: Africa (countries N-Z)

This is the second post in a collection of posts which are simply notes of my recent prayers in the morning as I have been praying for specific countries. If you’d like to read more about this, read my first introductory post to the series here. I write this mainly for my own records, but also so that others may join as we lift up these countries—because prayer really changes things, even if we don't see how…

Pray for the World: Africa (countries A-M)

Pray for the World: Africa (countries A-M)

This series of posts is simply notes of my recent prayers in the morning as I have been praying for specific countries. I write this mainly for myself and my own records (which is the reason for much on this site), but if someone else reads this and decides to pray for these countries, then that will truly be a great thing that would literally change the world. I believe, because Jesus clearly taught it, that prayer is very powerful. Even if I have no idea of any individual in these countries, and even if my prayers seem too vague, or big, or it seems overwhelming, I know that God reigns on the throne and prayer moves his hand…

9 Benefits and 4 Downsides of Reading 100 Books in a Year

9 Benefits and 4 Downsides of Reading 100 Books in a Year

 In the first post about this, I explained how I was graced by God to diligently read 100 books in 2017. And then I listed the 100 books, with some statistics about my reading. Then in the second post, I chose the books I liked most in different categories. In this final post, I want to detail out nine benefits and four downsides I found as I read 100 books. I do this to meditate on the experience, especially since I might not ever do it again (at least not in 2018!)…

Favorite Books Read in 2017

Favorite Books Read in 2017

In the first post about this, I explained how I was graced by God to diligently read 100 books in 2017. And then I listed the 100 books, with some statistics about my reading. In the next post, I will give 9 benefits and 4 downsides I found while doing it. I also will answer if I will do it again. But in this post, I want to give my favorite books I read this year…

The 100 Books Read in 2017

The 100 Books Read in 2017

In the year 2017, I set a challenge for myself which, by God’s grace, I was able to accomplish. I read 100 books in the year. This averaged to around eight books a month. Through it all, I was able to read way more than I ever thought I could, and now reading has become more of an enjoyable habit than it ever has been…