Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Books I Read in 2019

I've had a tremendous year for reading books.

If I get a chance (no time this week!), I'll write more about the good stuff I got to read, list my "top books of 2019," and share some of the things I've been learning, but here's the full list and a few links to short reviews I produced along the way.

Matt’s Books Completed* in 2019:
1. Palace Council by Stephen L. Carter
2. The Civil War As a Theological Crisis by Mark Noll
3. Creation and Doxology edited by Gerald Hiestand and Todd Wilson
4. The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie
5. Don’t Just Send a Resume by Benjamin Vrbicek [my review]
6. The Way of the Righteous in the Muck of Life by Dale Ralph Davis
7. The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby
8. Have His Carcase by Dorothy L. Sayers
9. Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges
10. Slogging Along in the Paths of Righteousness by Dale Ralph Davis [my review]
11. The Reckoning by John Grisham
12. The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
13. Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie
14. Jesus and the Future by Andreas Kostenberger, Alexander Stewart, and Apollo Makara
15. Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
16. The Souls of Black Folk of W.E.B. Du Bois
17. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
18. The Grass Widow’s Tale by Ellis Peters
19. Contemporary Theology by Kirk MacGregor [my review]
20. Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler
21. Point Man by Steve Farrar
22. Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy by Mark Vroegop [a sremon this year inspired by reading this book]
23. Unstuck by Tim Lane [my review]
24. The High Window by Raymond Chandler
25. So Brave, Young, and Handsome by Leif Enger
26. Black City by Boris Akunin
27. Anger: Calming Your Heart by Robert D. Jones [my review]
28. None Greater: The Undomesticated Attributes of God by Matthew Barrett
29. The House of Green Turf by Ellis Peters
30. Feels Like Home by Lee Eclov
31. Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers
32. Psalms 1-72 by Derek Kidner
33. Mourning Raga by Ellis Peters
34. Confronting Christianity by Rebecca McLaughlin
35. Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammet
36. God Is by Mark Jones
37. Gay Girl, Good God by Jackie Hill Perry
38. 7 Myths About Singleness by Sam Allberry [a big help with this sermon]
39. Interpreting Scripture with the Great Tradition by Craig Carter
40. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
41. God and the Transgender Debate by Andrew Walker
42. A Man Lay Dead by Ngaio Marsh
43. Death in a Strange Country by Donna Leon
44. The Pacific and Other Stories by Mark Helprin
45. Quietly While They Sleep by Donna Leon
46. In Sunlight and Shadow by Mark Helprin
47. A Sea of Troubles by Donna Leon
48. The Nursing Home Murder by Ngaio Marsh
49. Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories by Agatha Christie
50. Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
51. J-Curve: Rising and Dying with Jesus in Everyday Life by Paul E. Miller [my initial thoughts, my final evaluation]
52. Fearing Others: Putting God First by Zach Schlegel
53. Death and Judgment by Donna Leon
54. Anxiety: Knowing God’s Peace by Paul Tautges [my review]
55. The Eighteen-Carat Kid and Other Stories by P.G. Wodehouse
56. Acqua Alta by Donna Leon
57. The Knocker on Death’s Door by Ellis Peters
58. A Noble Radiance by Donna Leon
59. Safe and Sound: Standing Firm in Spiritual Battles by David Powlison
60. Welcoming the Stranger by Matthew Soerens and Jenny Yang
61. God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel by Costi Hinn
62. Fatal Remedies by Donna Leon
63. Beyond Authority and Submission by Rachel Green Miller
64. God Without Measure: Working Papers in Christian Theology (Vol 1. God and the Works of God) by John Webster
65. Radically Different by Champ Thornton [my review]
66. Friends in High Places by Donna Leon
67. The Mating Season by P.G. Wodehouse
68. Psalm 119 for Life by Hwyel R. Jones
69. Openness Unhindered by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield
70. The Blessed Hope by George Ladd
71. The Supper of the Lamb by Robert Farrar Capon
72. Pornography: Fighting for Purity by Deepak Reju
73. Suffering and the Heart of God by Diane Langberg
74. Open Season by C.J. Box
75. The Art of Rest by Adam Mabry [pungent quote and evaluation]
76. Wesley on the Christian Life by Fred Sanders
77. The Best Gift Ever by Ronnie Martin
78. The Triune God by Fred Sanders [second reading, one of my top books of 2017]
79. Uniform Justice by Donna Leon
80. The Notting Hill Mystery by Charles Warren Adams
81. The Songs of Jesus by Timothy Keller
82. Psalms 73-150 by Derek Kidner
83. Psalms (Tyndale Old Testatment Commentaries) by Tremper Longman


* As in previous years, these are books I finished reading (or had read to me in Audible) in 2019, not the ones I started or the ones I didn't get done. That list would be a LOT longer! I read a bunch of them for escapist fun, a few for/with my family, and a lot of them just to learn and grow. They aren't listed (perfectly) in the order I read them. Some of them I am reading for a second or third time (or more!).

As I say each and every year--I'm not endorsing these books just because they are listed here. Some of them are really good and some are really bad. Most are somewhere in between. Read with discernment.

Here's the article where I explain why I post these.

Lists from previous years:

2008 (first half, second half)
2007 (first half, second half)
2006 (first half, second half)
2005 (first half, second half)