Here are the books I’ve read since January of 2017 with my rating for them (5 being the best) along with a brief review. Any book without a number rating has been given to me by the author or publisher. In addition to this list, you might also check out my reading lists from previous years as well as my recommendations on how to become a better reader.

(Click here) to see the books I have personally written, and see below for the ones I’ve read this year. Click on any of the titles below to get to a link to buy it.

  1. An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield (4). While I personally have no desire to go to space and feel nauseous constantly, I was very intrigued by Hadfield’s stories and the way he learned how to live more intentionally as a result.
  2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (3.5). Okay, I’m WAY late to this party now that this book is 20 years old, but I finally got around to reading it. I’m amazed how much I enjoyed it. After following the author on Twitter I decided I need to do this.
  3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (4). I’m only getting more hooked. And now I’m not quite as confused by the world introduced in the first book.
  4. You Are What You Love by James K.A. Smith (3.5). A deep read on spirituality and theology from a more traditional voice than I’m used to reading. Lot’s to think about here and something I would benefit from reading multiple times.
  5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (4). This one gets a bit darker. I’m loving them more and more.
  6. Let Your Life Speak by Parker J. Palmer (3.5).  The book is now almost twenty years old and has become a bit of a classic when it comes to hearing from God on how we live our lives faithfully to what God has given each of us.
  7. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (4). Continues getting darker and I’m continually hooked.
  8. The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis (4). I’ve started reading the Chronicles of Narnia with my kids. I definitely still love this more than they do, but I’m trying to pass my love of it onto them.
  9. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (4.5). The action definitely intensifies in this one. Coincidentally, there were many parallels in this one and in the American culture at the moment.
  10. How to Survive a Shipwreck by Jonathan Martin (4). Martin writes as a prophetic poet. The transparency and vulnerability in which he tells his journey invites all of us to seek God in an authentic way.
  11. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling (4.5). Addicted. That’s the word to describe how I currently feel about this series.
  12. Chess Not Checkers by Mark Miller (3). We read this as a leadership team at Central. A great little parable on leadership and how we need to think differently in the future.
  13. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (5). Count me in. I’m a total fan. If you had your head in the sand for the last two decades on this series (like me) then it’s time for you to take the plunge.
  14. Mirror to the Church by Emmanuel Katongole (4). A surprisingly profound read about the genocide in Rwanda. Does a great job showing the problems with mixing political power with Christianity.
  15. The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston (3). This was a fun read of a modern day exploration for a lost city. The surprise isn’t that they find it, but the insights that emerge when the old world meets the new.
  16. Prophetic Imagination by Walter Brueggemann (5). LOVED this book. Brueggemann explores the role of the prophetic voice throughout the scriptures and invites the church to continue living out this role in any culture today. A much-needed read for the American church.