Reading List: March, April and May

Here's what I've been reading recently, summed up in 140 characters or less.

On the Priesthood by John Chrysostom

This early church father makes withering observations about the trials of the priesthood even while commending it. So well written.

"All's Well the Ends Well" by William Shakespeare

"A good wife, who can find?" says the Proverb. This is a story about a good wife who keeps on finding her man, who doesn't appreciate her.

The Road to Missional by Michael Frost

I rarely read book-length rants nowadays. This was an exception. Funny. Authoritative. Frost motivates us to keep moving toward "missional."

Wired for Intimacy by William Struthers

Pornography has a significant effect on the male brain. Struthers explains the science behind what happens and what we can do about it.

Singles at the Crossroads by Al Hsu

Not a book on dating. Best book on singleness I've ever read. Theological, insightful and practical.

Mealtime Habits of the Messiah by Conrad Gempf

40 vignettes on the life of Jesus. Professor Gempf approaches the Bible from wonderful and unique angles, really bringing him to life.

Too Busy Not to Pray by Bill Hybels

We all experience barriers to prayer. Hybels chooses two or three and demolishes them: why pray, getting started, keeping it going

Matthew by Stanley Hauerwas

A gritty, academic, poetic, neo-Mennonite commentary. Hauerwas writes like a Church Father born into a family of Texas bricklayers.

The Republic by Plato

Pure classical philosophy. featuring Utopian social constructions, rich metaphors and the definitive example of the Socratic method.

Books I'm currently reading:

A Call to Spiritual Reformation by DA Carson
The Shaping of Things to Come by Alan Hirsch
You Lost Me by David Kinnaman
Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card
The Consolation of Philosophy Boethius

What have you been reading?


  1. Hey Steve, always excited to hear what you are reading. Here are my lists.

    Read in the last 3 months:

    That Distant Land by Wendell Berry, I highly recommend this collection of short stories

    Courage and Calling by Gordon T. Smith

    The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

    Community: Taking Your Small Group Off Life Support by Brad House

    Godric by Frederick Buechner

    The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis (audiobook)

    The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis (audiobook)

    A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller (audiobook, 2nd time through)

    Currently Reading:

    The Jesus Way by Eugene Peterson

    Growing Strong Daughters by Lisa Graham McMinn

    Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

    When I Was a Child I Read Books by Marilynne Robinson

    Lament for a Son by Nicholas Wolterstorff

    What are People For? by Wendell Berry

  2. Great list, Josh.

    You've got some stuff on there that's on my radar to pick up: Peterson, Wolterstorff. And some stuff that I really enjoyed: What are people for?, Miller, Lewis.

    Of your list, what would you recommend most highly?

    1. I would recommend Patrick Rothfuss, the first in the Kingkiller Chronicle is The Name of the Wind. The Wise Man's Fear is the second book in what I think is supposed to be a trilogy. I always enjoy Peterson, not least because his writing makes me feel as if I just had a lengthy conversation with a man whose wisdom and patience I deeply need. If you have not read Gilead by Marilynne Robinson I highly recommend it as well. I am hoping to start 2 books by Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay and Manhood for Amateurs, I'll let you know what I think. I definitely miss talking books with you Steve.