Tuesday, December 11, 2018

2019 Reading Challenges: Tim Challies VT Reading Challenge

VT Reading Challenge 2019
Host: Tim Challies sign up here
January - December 2019
# of books: I'm hoping for at least 52, possibly 75; I am not aiming for 104 because there are at least ten or so that I have absolutely no interest in reading.

PDF of list is here.

I have made the font LARGER for those categories that repeat more than three times.

  1. ✔ a biography Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. Laura Hillenbrand. 2010. Random House. 473 pages. [Source: Bought]
  2.  ✔   a novel The Murder of Patience Brooke. (Charles Dickens Investigations #1)  J.C. Briggs. 2018. Sapere Books. 290 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  3. _ a book about history
  4. _ a book targeted at the opposite gender
  5.  ✔ a book about Christian living  Not God Enough: Why Your Small God Leads to Big Problems. J.D. Greear. 2018. Zondervan. 237 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  6. _ a book with at least 400 pages
  7. _ a book a friend recommends
  8.  ✔ a book about Christian living A Cloud by Day, a Fire by Night: Finding and Following God's Will for You. A.W. Tozer. Edited by James L. Snyder. 2019. [March] Bethany House. 208 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  9.  ✔ a book more than 100 years old  A Book of Comfort for Those In Sickness. Philip Bennett Power. 1876/2018. Banner of Truth. 97 pages. [Source: Bought]
  10.  ✔  a book by or about a missionary Made for the Journey: One Missionary's First Year in the Jungles of Ecuador. 1998. Revell. 176 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  11. ✔ a book for children or teens Into the Jungle: Stories for Mowgli. Katherine Rundell. Illustrated by Kristjana S. Williams. 2018. 240 pages. [Source: Library] 
  12.  a book of your choice Lost in the Antarctic: The Voyage of the Endurance. Tod Olson.  2019. Scholastic. 224 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  13. _ a book from a best of 2018 list
  14. ✔ a commentary on a book of the Bible  The Love of Loves in the Song of Songs. Philip Graham Ryken. 2019. [Feb 28] Crossway. 208 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  15. _ a book written by a Puritan
  16. ✔ a book by or about a missionary Through Gates of Splendor. Elisabeth Elliot. 1956/1996. Tyndale. 219 pages. [Source: Bought]
  17.  a book about theology Mere Calvinism. Jim S. Orrick. 2019. P&R Publishing. 224 pages.
  18. ✔a book you think you can finish in a weekend Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God. J.I. Packer. 1961/1991. IVP. 126 pages. [Source: Bought]
  19.   a book recommended by a family member What is an Evangelical? D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. 1992. Banner of Truth. 80 pages. [Source: Bought]
  20. _ a book about aging
  21.   a book published in 2019  Discovering the Good Life. Tim Savage. 2019. Crossway. 176 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  22. _ a book on the current NY times list of bestsellers
  23.  a book about church history Saving the Reformation: The Pastoral Theology of the Canons of Dort. W. Robert Godfrey. 2019. Reformation Trust. 265 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  24.  ✔  a book of 100 pages or less  84, Charing Cross Road. Helene Hanff. 1970. 97 pages. [Source: Library]
  25.  ✔ a book of your choice  Remaining Faithful in Ministry: 9 Essential Convictions for Every Pastor. John MacArthur. 2019. 80 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  26. _ a book about music or a musician
  27. _ a book with a great cover
  28.  ✔ a book about Christian living  Dark Clouds Deep Mercy: Discovering The Grace of Lament. Mark Vroegop. 2019. Crossway. 224 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  29. _ a book by C.S. Lewis or J.R.R. Tolkien
  30. ✔ a book of your choice Knowing Christianity. J.I. Packer. 1995. 191 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  31. _ a sad book
  32. ✔ a book that looks easy to read Final Word: Why We Need the Bible. John MacArthur. 2019. [June] Reformation Trust Publishing. 136 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  33. ✔ a book of poetry A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mister Rogers.Illustrated by Luke Flowers. 2019. [March] Quirk. 144 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  34. ✔ a book of 240 pages or more Ashamed of the Gospel: When the Church Becomes Like the World. John F. MacArthur Jr. 1993/2001. Crossway. 266 pages. [Source: Bought]
  35. ✔  a book by Jerry Bridges The Joy of Fearing God. Jerry Bridges. 1998/2004. 352 pages. [Source: Bought]
  36. _ a novel by an author you have never read before
  37.  a book about Christian living Tozer on Worship and Entertainment. A.W. Tozer. 1997/2006. 224 pages. [Source: Bought]
  38. _ a memoir or autobiography
  39. _ a play
  40.   a book of your choice Competing Spectacles: Treasuring Christ in the Media Age. Tony Reinke. 2019. Crossway. 160 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  41. _ a book endorsed by J.I. Packer
  42. ✔ a book by a female author 31 Verses to Write On Your Heart. Liz Curtis Higgs. 2016. 224 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  43.  a book about theology God is the Gospel: Meditations on God's Love as the Gift of Himself. John Piper. 2005. Crossway. 192 pages. [Source: Bought]
  44. ✔ a book based on a true story Tisha: The Wonderful True Love Story of a Young Teacher in the Alaskan Wilderness. As told to Robert Specht. 1976. 342 pages. [Source: Bought]
  45. ✔  a book you think you may disagree with Together: United Methodists of Temple, Tabernacle, and Table. Stanley R. Copeland and Scott Gilliland. 2018. 190 pages. [Source: Borrowed] NOT RECOMMENDED
  46. _ a book about friendship
  47.  ✔ a graphic novel The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler. John Hendrix. 2018. Harry N. Abrams. 176 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  48. ✔  a book you own but have never read The Christian Book of Mystical Verse: A Collection of Poems, Hymns, and Prayers for Devotional Reading. A.W. Tozer, editor. 1991/2016. 177 pages. [Source: Bought]
  49. ✔ a book targeted at your gender Growing in Godliness: A Teen Girl's Guide to Maturing in Christ. Lindsey Carlson. 2019. Crossway Books. 128 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  50.  a book about Christian living Talk the Walk: How To Be Right Without Being Insufferable. Steve Brown. 2019. New Growth Press. 160 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  51.   a book of your choice  Choosing Community: Action, Faith, and Joy in the Works of Dorothy L. Sayers. Christine A. Colon. 2019. [October] InterVarsity Press. 150 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  52. ✔   a book about sports or an athlete  Billy Sunday, Baseball Preacher. Fern Neal Stocker. 1985. Moody. 143 pages. [Source: Bought]
  53. ✔  a book with a verb in the title The Practice of the Presence of God. Brother Lawrence. 1691/1982. 96 pages. [Source: Bought]
  54.  a book about church history 5 Minutes in Church History: An Introduction to the Stories of God's Faithfulness in the History of the Church. Stephen J. Nichols. 2019. Reformation Trust. 154 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  55. _ a book about Canada, set in Canada, or written by a Canadian
  56. _ a book about animals
  57. _ a book about apologetics or worldview
  58. _ a book on the ECPA Bestseller List
  59. _ a biography of an American President
  60. _ a book of your choice
  61. _ a book about singleness
  62. _ a book about parenting
  63. _ a book about Christian Living
  64. ✔ A book by John MacArthur  Found: God's Will. John F. MacArthur Jr. 1972. 60 pages. [Source: Bought]
  65. _ a book about business or productivity
  66. ✔  a book about theology The Institutes of the Christian Religion. Abridged. John Calvin. (1536) Edited by Tony Lane and Hilary Osborne (1987). Baker Books. 272 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  67. _ a book about marriage or relationships
  68. _ a photo essay book
  69. _ a book of comics
  70. _ a book about Europe
  71. _ a book by someone from a different continent than you
  72. _ a book about books or reading
  73. _ a book of your choice
  74. _ a book by or about Francis Schaeffer
  75. _ a book about evangelism
  76. _ a book by an author you've always meant to read
  77. ✔ a book you have read before Cries From the Cross: A Journey Into the Heart of Jesus. Erwin Lutzer. 2002. Moody. 170 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  78. _ a Christian novel
  79. _ a biography of a Christian
  80. _ a book about science
  81. _ a book about gender or sexuality
  82. _ a novel longer than 400 pages
  83. _ a book about counseling
  84. ✔ a book about the Bible Taking God at His Word: Why the Bible Is Knowable, Necessary, and Enough, and What That Means for You and Me. Kevin DeYoung. 2014. Crossway. 138 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  85. _ a book recommended by a pastor or church leader
  86. _ a book published by New Growth Press
  87. ✔ a book with an ugly cover Untangling Emotions: God's Gift of Emotions. J. Alasdair Groves and Winston T. Smith. 2019. Crossway Books. 240 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  88. _ a book about suffering
  89. _ a book of your choice
  90. _ a book about Christian living
  91. _ a book about church history
  92. _ a book about money or finance
  93. _ a book about church membership
  94. _ a book by a Puritan
  95. _ a book about theology
  96. _ a book for children or teens
  97. ✔ a book by Kevin deYoung Grace Defined and Defended: What a 400 Year Old Confession Teaches Us About Sin, Salvation, And the Sovereignty of God. Kevin DeYoung. 2019. Crossway. 144 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  98. _ a book about writing
  99. _ a book about a city, country, or region 
  100. _ a biography of a former world leader
  101. _ a book produced by 9Marks Ministries
  102. _ a book of your choice
  103. _ a book about an interest of yours
  104. _ a book written in the nineteenth century 

Feel free to copy/paste this. You can replace the _ with an X or a ✔ (copy/paste it) when you finish reading a book. If you list the books you read, that may help other people decide what to read.

© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible

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