Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring Reading Thing 2012: My List

Callapidder Days is hosting the Spring Reading Thing challenge. This is one of my favorite-and-best challenges to join because it happened to be my very first reading challenge ever. I hope to read twelve books. Ideally, six of them would be nonfiction. I won't list the potential fiction choices because I can never keep my mind made up. Some choices I consider very-definite. (Challenge sign-up link).

1. The ESV and the English Bible Legacy. Leland Ryken.
2. Jesus, Our Man in Glory: 12 Messages from the Book of Hebrews. A.W. Tozer and Gerald B. Smith.
3. Knowledge of the Holy. A.W. Tozer. 
4. Gospel Centered Discipleship. Jonathan K. Dodson. Foreword by Matt Chandler. 2012. Crossway Books. 176 pages.5. The Root of the Righteous: Tapping The Bedrock of True Spirituality. A.W. Tozer. 1955/2006. WingSpread Publishers. 186 pages.
6. The Pursuit of God: The Human Thirst for the Divine. A.W. Tozer 1948/2006. WingSpread Publishers. 70 pages
7. Nature of God (Formerly published as Gleanings in the Godhead). Arthur W. Pink. 1975/1999. Moody Publishers. 347 pages.
8. Letters To A Diminished Church: Passionate Arguments for the Relevance of Christian Doctrine. Dorothy Sayers. 2004. Thomas Nelson. 280 pages.
9. It is Well: Expositions on Substitutionary Atonement. Mark Dever and Michael Lawrence. 2010. Crossway. 224 pages.
10. Precious Blood: The Atoning Work of Christ. Edited by Richard D. Phillips. 2009. Crossway Books. 240 pages
11. The Explicit Gospel. Matt Chandler. 2012. Crossway Books. 240 pages.
12. Surprised by Grace. Tullian Tchividjian. 2010. Crossway. 192 pages.
13. Understanding the Big Picture of the Bible. Edited by Wayne Grudem, C. John Collins, Thomas R. Schreiner. Contributors: Vern S. Poythress, C. John Collins, Gordon Wenham, David Howard, David Reimer, Paul House, J. Julius Scott, Jr., David Chapman, John Delhousaye, Thomas R. Schreiner, Darrell Bock, Dennis Johnson. 2012. Crossway. 160 pages.
14. Kisses From Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption. Katie Davis. 2011. October 2011. Howard Books. 288 pages.
15. Experiencing the Presence of God: Teachings from the Book of Hebrews. A.W. Tozer. 2010. Regal (Gospel Light) 224 pages.
16. God's Pursuit of Man. A.W. Tozer. 1950/2007. Wingspread. 140 pages.
17. The Pursuit of Lucy Banning. Olivia Newport. 2012. Revell. 304 pages.
18. Retro-Christianity: Reclaiming the Forgotten Faith. Michael J. Svigel. 2012. Crossway Books. 320 pages.
19. The Lord is My Shepherd. (Psalm 23 Mysteries) Debbie Viguie. 2010. Abingdon Press. 320 pages. 
20. Jesus Is Victor: A Fresh Perspective on the Book of Revelation. A.W. Tozer. Compiled and Edited by Gerald B. Smith. 1989/2007. WingSpread Publishers. 143 pages.
21. Short-Straw Bride. Karen Witemeyer. 2012. Bethany House. 368 pages.

First on my list, I'll be hosting the New Testament In A Week event, April 1 through April 8th. I'll be doing the New Testament in Reading God's Story: A Chronological Daily Bible, edited by George Guthrie. The translation is the Holman Christian Standard Bible.

This would be a great time to read George Guthrie's Read the Bible for Life: Your Guide to Understanding and Living God's Word.  I started this one last fall, but, I got distracted--or subtracted as the case may be--and never finished it.

I definitely plan on reading The ESV and the English Bible Legacy by Leland Ryken. The ESV is probably my favorite-and-best translation of choice. Though I do love the NASB. (My top five would probably be ESV, NASB, HCSB, KJV, NKJV).

And this one looks fabulous!!! Experiencing the Presence of God: Teachings from the Book of Hebrews by A.W. Tozer! I've always struggled with the book of Hebrews, and maybe this one can help me grasp it better!

And then there is this one from R.A. Torrey that I'd love to get to! The Holy Spirit Who He Is and What He Does. I just loved Charles Spurgeon book on the Holy Spirit--R.C. Sproul has also written a great one. I was reading in my Joy of Calvinism book a week or two ago, and the author mentioned how those in the Reformed (Calvinist) tradition really CELEBRATE the Holy Spirit, and I think that is true--very true. The more you know, the more wowed and amazed you can be in response to realizing just how much God has blessed us by giving us His Spirit.

Letters To A Diminished Church: Passionate Arguments for the Relevance of Christian Doctrine by Dorothy Sayers. While I haven't given up completely on finding a copy of Creed or Chaos, I thought I would start by reading what Sayers still is in print! And doesn't this have a wonderful subtitle!!! Dorothy Sayers is one of my favorite, favorite, favorite mystery writers. But it wasn't until recently that I learned she wrote quite a bit about Christianity too.

Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer. I am so excited to read this one!!! I've heard some great things about it! 

Jesus, Our Man in Glory. A.W. Tozer. This one I've had for many years--probably close to a decade. But it wasn't until this past week that I actually opened the book and started reading it. It is SO, SO, SO, SO, SO good. And it is another book all about the Book of Hebrews!!! 

Essential Works of Charles Spurgeon: Selected Books, Sermons, And Other Writings, edited by Daniel Partner. I am SO SO SO excited that this "little" book came home with me. I've been looking for more Spurgeon, and this should keep me satisfied for a few months at least!!! Of course, I'd love to read anything and everything he ever wrote, so I know I'll always keep looking for even more Spurgeon. But this looked like a good, logical next choice for me!

© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible


Lisa notes... said...

I love your books, Becky. The ESV is my preferred translation too. And A. W. Tozer--good stuff there! May you be blessed as you read.

Amy said...

aw, I really like the ESV as well and that book about it looks interesting. Meaty list!

Susanne said...

Wow, some of those look like some heavy duty study books. Enjoy all your spring choices!

Tiffany said...

Fantastic list Becky! I'll be joining you for the New Testament in a Week. Great way to lead up to Easter. :) Happy Reading!