Currently Reading

September 2021

An All-Round Ministry / Charles H. Spurgeon

Exodus Old and New (ESBT) / L. Michael Morales

Reformed Systematic Theology, Vol. 2 / Beeke and Smalley

The Lord is Good / Christopher R. J. Holmes

Overflow / Michael Reeves

Covenant and Eschatology / Michael Horton

Deeper / Dane Ortlund

The Divine Comedy / Dante

A Tale of Two Cities / Charles Dickens

Desolation Island / Patrick O’Brian

Charis in the World of Wonders / Marly Youmans

Night Soldiers / Alan Furst

Butcher’s Moon / Richard Stark

The Path to Power / Robert Caro

Churchill: Walking With Destiny / Andrew Roberts

Rembrandt’s Eyes / Simon Schama


2021 Book Log

  1. On Writing Well / William Zinsser / Better Every Time
  2. The Magician’s Nephew / C.S. Lewis / Better Every Time
  3. Thinking God’s Thoughts / Daniel Fuller / Delicious
  4. The Martian / Andy Weir / Better Every Time
  5. The Gods of Guilt / Michael Connelly / Better Every Time
  6. The Fifth Witness / Michael Connelly / Better Every Time
  7. The Law of Innocence / Michael Connelly / Ripping
  8. The Overlook / Michael Connelly / Better Every Time
  9. City of Bones / Michael Connelly / Better Every Time
  10. Nine Dragons / Michael Connelly / Better Every Time
  11. 5 Things to Pray for Your Heart / Rachel Jones / Wonderful
  12. The Burning Room / Michael Connelly / Better Every Time
  13. The Crossing / Michael Connelly / Better Every Time
  14. The Closers / Michael Connelly / Better Every Time
  15. A Darkness More than Night / Michael Connelly / Better Every Time
  16. Fatherland / Robert Harris / Meh
  17. I’m Still Here / Austin Channing Brown / Illuminating
  18. Rejoice and Tremble / Michael Reeves / Wonderful
  19. What Does It Mean to Fear the Lord? / Michael Reeves / Excellent
  20. Luther’s Works, Vol. 31 / Martin Luther / Better Every Time
  21. Figural Reading and the Old Testament / Don Collett / Sensible
  22. A Children’s Bible / Lydia Millet / Parabolic
  23. Later / Stephen King / Ripping
  24. To Seek and To Save / Sinclair Ferguson / Outstanding
  25. Read, Mark, Learn: Luke, Vol. 1 / William Taylor / Helpful
  26. The Secret History / Donna Tartt / Better Every Time
  27. Crime and Punishment / Fydor Dostoyevsky / Better Every Time
  28. I Heard You Paint Houses / Charles Brandt / Intoxicating
  29. Calvin’s NT Commentaries: A Harmony of the Gospels, Vol. 1 / John Calvin / Lucid Brevity
  30. The Secret History / Donna Tartt / Better Every Time
  31. The Three Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past, Vol. 1) / Cixin Liu / Better Every Time
  32. The Person of Christ / David F. Wells / Meh
  33. Project Hail Mary / Andy Weir / Rip-roaring
  34. Prepositions and Theology in the Greek New Testament / Murry J. Harris / Helpful
  35. The Book Your Pastor Wishes You Would Read / Christopher Ash / Helpful
  36. The Body Keeps the Score / Bessel van der Kolk / Illuminating
  37. How to Eat Your Bible / Nate Pickowicz / Outstanding
  38. The Paradox of Sonship / Bobby Jamieson / Glorious
  39. The Searcher / Tana French / Meh
  40. Trinity and Creation / Richard Barcellos / Excellent
  41. The Dragon’s Tooth / N.D. Wilson / Ripping
  42. My Last Name / Eric Schumacher / Moving
  43. Crux, Mors, Inferi: A Primer and Reader on Christ’s Descent / Samuel Renihan / Helpful
  44. Empire of Pain / Patrick Radden Keefe / Infuriating
  45. Hebrews (EBTC) / Thomas Schreiner / Not Too Shabby
  46. The Dark Forest (Remembrance of Earth’s Past, Vol. 2) / Cixin Liu / Mind-blowing
  47. Death’s End (Remembrance of Earth’s Past, Vol. 3) / Cixin Liu / Mind-blowing
  48. What It’s Like to Be a Bird / David Allen Sibley / Wonderful
  49. God of All Things / Andrew Wilson / Wonderful
  50. Pet Sematary / Stephen King / Still Creepy
  51. Landmarks / Robert Macfarlane / Beautiful
  52. The 1662 Book of Common Prayer / Church of England / Better Every Time
  53. The Fire of Joy / Clive James / Fantastic
  54. The Plague Year / Lawrence Wright / Damning
  55. The Cellist / Daniel Silva / Meh
  56. The Works of John Owen, Vol. 1 / John Owen / Better Every Time
  57. Flashfire: A Parker Novel / Richard Stark / Ripping
  58. The Drowned Vault / N.D. Wilson / Ripping
  59. One Step Behind / Henning Mankell / Better Every Time
  60. Red Line / Joby Warrick / Brilliant
  61. Reforming Apologetics / J.V. Fesko / Spectacular
  62. The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien / J.R.R. Tolkien / Illuminating
  63. The Letters of C.S. Lewis / C.S. Lewis / Illuminating
  64. A Morbid Taste for Bones / Ellis Peters / Not Too Shabby
  65. Deity and Decree / Samuel Renihan / Edifying
  66. The Man Who Smiled / Henning Mankell / Better Every Time
  67. Ordinary / Michael Horton / Refreshing
  68. Simply Trinity / Matthew Barrett / Excellent
  69. The Discarded Image / C.S. Lewis / Better Every Time
  70. The Magus / John Fowles / Testing
  71. An Experiment in Criticism / C.S. Lewis / Better Every Time
  72. Frankenstein / Mary Shelley / Better Every Time
  73. Slayground: A Parker Novel / Richard Stark / Ripping
  74. Pure in Heart / Garrett Kell / Marvelous
  75. Billy Summers / Stephen King / Ripping
  76. Beach Music / Pat Conroy / Better Every Time
  77. The Madness of Crowds / Douglas Murray / Provocative
  78. The Abolition of Man / C.S. Lewis / Better Every Time
  79. Slavery by Another Name / Douglas Blackmon / Heartbreaking
  80. Charges and Address / J.C. Ryle / Meh
  81. Dune / Frank Herbert / Better Every Time
  82. A Shropshire Lad and Other Poems / A.E. Housman / Remorseful
  83. Ghost Wars / Steve Coll / Magisterial
  84. The Brothers / Stephen Kinzer / Spooky
  85. Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11 / Mitchell Zuckoff / Unforgettable
  86. Invitation to Biblical Theology / Kimble & Spellman / Outstanding
  87. Works of John Newton, Volume 2 / John Newton / Better Every Time

 

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41 responses to “Currently Reading

  1. mindy sue

    nice!

  2. Great reading list. I wish I could be disciplined enough to read like that.

  3. looks like you have been busy.

  4. Have you ever read Thomas Sowell? Not a Christian author but I note you intermingle your reading with non-Christian works, and Sowell is one of the best on contemporary culture issues. One of his ‘must-reads’ is “Black Rednecks – White Liberals”.

    • Dear Michael,

      Yes, I’ve read a couple of Thomas Sowell’s books. I really enjoyed “A Conflict of Visions.” I’ll keep an eye out for the book you mentioned. Sounds interesting.

      Blessings to you,

      –Nick

  5. pedro

    read “the god delusion” it may open your minds

    • Fearless Witness

      Hi Pedro,
      You’re right about The God Delusion, after reading it, I am more convinced than ever that Jesus Christ is the (only) Way, the Truth, and the Life.

  6. kim

    Great list! I’m adding a few from your list to my own. We live abroad and it’s a bit difficult to find or get good books. Sigh.

    What do you mean by, “Drizzlingly drenched”–the words are fun to say and great as a description–I’m just curious about what you mean. Thanks.

  7. Paul

    Hello!!!!

    I was just wondering why you thought the book “Tribes” was heretical. Not that I read it or anything and thus disagree with you, but because I had the opportunity to buy it in a Christian conference sort-of-thing. Would you care to briefly explain why this book was so heretical to you? (I know I could just read the book myself to see why…) LOL

    thanks

    • Hi Paul,

      I was using the adjective “heretical” in the same way Godin uses it in his book. He uses “heretic” in the sense of anyone who does not conform to an established attitude, doctrine, or principle. These kind of “heretics,” according to Godin, create movements in the business world.

      He states: “By challenging the status quo, a cadre of heretics is discovering that one person, just one, can make a huge difference… Heretics are the new leaders. The ones who challenge the status quo, who get out in front of their tribes, who create movements.” (11-12).

      Hope this helps…

      –Nick

  8. Hey Nick,
    Great idea….so, I stole it. :) Hope you don’t mind. http://huiothesian.wordpress.com/book-list/

    – Matt

  9. Saul

    Hello Nick, i just found your blog while searching for a quote, and i already added it to my bookmarks :D, great blog. Q. Have you read Francis Chan?

    • Hi Saul, thanks for the link! I read and enjoyed Crazy Love a few years ago but I have not read any of Chan’s latest stuff. Would you recommend it?

      –Nick

      • Saul

        Well, i don’t now about Erasing Hell, but Forgotten God is great, also i really recommend Tolstoi’s short story Father Sergius, and The Kingdom of God Is Within You. I really like Tolstoi and Dostoevsky. :D

        -Saul

  10. Saul

    I would like to clarify, “The kingdom of God is within you” is a great read even though, this book does not explores the concept of grace and redemption through Christ. I believe Tolstoi rejects some Christian tenets like the resurrection, miracles, the virgin birth, etc.. It is more about pacifism and social justice .

    -Saul

  11. Chris

    Nick,

    Love the blog, love the quotes and your passion for God’s glory and reading to that end. Thank you!

    Would you mind explaining how you go about reading a book? I know that sounds simple, but I’d like to read and would like to be better at it (more comprehension, faster, remembering details longer, etc.). Any help in this direction would be greatly appreciated!

    Best regards,

    Chris

    • Hi Chris,

      Thanks for reading the blog! I just shot you an email with a few thoughts.

      Grace and peace,

      –nr

      • Nick,

        Could you send me a similar email? I too have been curious about how you manage to read so much each year and would like to learn what I can from you. By the way, I’m constantly blessed by your blog and it has been quite a handy resource for looking up quotes and whatnot. Thanks man.

        -Zach

      • Matt McCoy

        I would also like an email with the aforementioned “few thoughts.” I need help in this area! thanks Man! I hope you and the family are doing well.

  12. Lauren L

    Hi, I’d love more information on the practical/purposeful side of your reading life: how you read, when you read, how you find time to read, and how you remember what you read. Do you take notes, highlight, write down quotes, etc.? Do you keep books, give them away, etc.? Just started reading more voraciously and would like to find ways to be moer disciplined about it. Also returning to reading lots of classics, and I find myself wishing I had a professor to help me with some of the works, especially those that use vocabulary or cite ideals that had a different meaning contextually that what they have now.

  13. Lauren L

    One other question! I came here today to find the name of the book on Hebrews that I thought I saw under your “currently reading” list. I don’t see it here now. Did you take it down, or am I mistaken? Would you mind telling me the name, unless you strongly disliked it? Thanks!

  14. Laura Thompson

    Nick, the blog is WONDERFUL!! I was googling a Tozier quote and ended up on your blog… I was so excited to find this great resource and then all the more to see that it was your work :) Please say hello to Allison for us… hope all is well in DC!
    – Laura (and Jay) Thompson

  15. Chris

    Thanks Nick for your work on this. I anticipate being a regular visitor.

  16. Kai Tham

    Hi Nick,

    Very encouraged by your love for reading and your consistency in up-keeping the blog about your reading habits.

    Keep it up.

    Kai Tham

  17. Of your 2014 reads, I’ve read Hatchet, some of the Heidelberg Catechism, the first 3 Harry Potter books, Pilgrim’s Progress. I have a long way to go – hope to read more this year!

  18. I just discovered your site from Challies’ list of links for top books for 2015. I love the wide variety of books you seem to read, and enjoy the one-word descriptions you give for each one. My blog is dedicated to recommending and reviewing books I feel every Christian should read. Since I work a 40 hr/week job now, I unfortunately don’t have as much time to read and write as I did when I started blogging a few years ago. While you’re reading about two books per week, I’m currently closer to two per month; so I’m trying to focus on quality rather than quantity at this point! I look forward to following your recommendations and reviews in the future. God Bless!

  19. Robert Davis

    Have you read Not A Fan by Kyle Idleman?
    It’s a good book. Confirmational and convicting all at once.
    I’m enjoying (and am challenged/encouraged) by your blog. I’ve only been here a couple of weeks but I have copied the link to my home screen right beside Chambers and Spurgeon. Thanks for your efforts.

  20. Andrew

    Hi Nick

    I stumbled across your blog the other day & I’m really glad that I did. I love the breadth of reading material. There is a healthy balance of sound evangelical Theology with lots of other interesting stuff. You have presented me with loads of books I want to investigate.

    As a husband, father, & pastor how do you fit it all in? Could you provide a rough guide in terms of when you read & how much per week? I’ve just noticed that others have asked similar questions (Lauren L in particular) & you haven’t responded for several years. Oh well here’s to trying!

    Blessings

    Andrew

    • Hi Andrew,

      I just sent you an email.

      Cheers,

      Nick

      • Nick, I have similar questions that Andrew has. I love this blog. Here are my questions:

        How do you fit it all in?
        How do you determine your reading list?

        Hope you are doing well and I look forward to your reply.

  21. rifleman

    you have to read “The Faith of Christopher Hitchens” by Taunton. Great book!!

  22. Chris Keswick

    Thank you for all the wonderful and inspirational reading ideas! I too would love to hear more about how you go about choosing books and finding time to read. All the Light You Cannot See was a favorite for me this year, along with Jerry Bridges’ Pursuit of Holiness. Thank you!
    Chris in MN

  23. Scott

    Hi Nick, it appears you are being “called” to give a short class entitled ” How I Do It”. I too am interested in learning what I can. Then again, it could be you just have that gift! ;-)

  24. John Sherlock

    Hello Nick just discovered your blog and would love the email about your reading habits.

  25. Diane Pedrosa

    Thank you for your reading list. I have read a few from the 2019 and appreciate you single comments.
    Happy reading 2020‼️

  26. Diane Pedrosa

    Thank you for you reading list. I have enjoy a few and also appreciate your single comment review.
    Happy and blessed reading 2020

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