Books I Read in 2014
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 5:00AM
Ben Simpson in Books, Books 2014, Reading

I skipped out on making a list like this in 2013. Transition year. Been busy. That doesn't mean I've ceased reading. One trend this year: more fiction.

As you peruse the titles below, you will find books I have reviewed at denoted by an asterisk. In bold are the books I greatly enjoyed, and would recommend.

Perhaps this list will inform your own reading; perhaps it is just a novelty, a peek in to the contents of my mind. If you have questions about any of the titles, just ask. If you enjoyed a particular book, please let me know, so we can discuss.

Looking ahead to 2015. May your reading life be blessed. 

  1. Francis Spufford, Unapologetic: Why, Despite Everything, Christianity Can Still Make Surprising Emotional Sense
  2. Flannery O'Connor, A Prayer Journal
  3. Andy Stanley, The Seven Checkpoints for Youth Leaders
  4. Dallas Willard, Living in Christ's Presence: Final Words on Heaven and the Kingdom of God
  5. Kay Lindahl, TThe Sacred Art of Listening: Forty Reflections for Cultivating a Spiritual Practice (The Art of Spiritual Living)
  6. Veronica Roth, Allegiant (Divergent Series)
  7. Skye Jethani, Futureville: Discover Your Purpose for Today by Reimagining Tomorrow
  8. Agatha Christie, Peril at End House: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries)
  9. N. T. Wright, How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels
  10. Edgar Rice Burroughs, A Princess of Mars
  11. Sitton and Stern, No Ordinary Men: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Hans von Dohnanyi, Resisters Against Hitler in Church and State (New York Review Books Collections)
  12. Frank Houdek, Guided by the Spirit: A Jesuit Perspective on Spiritual Direction
  13. John Ortberg, Soul Keeping: Caring For the Most Important Part of You *
  14. Stephen Verney, FIRE IN COVENTRY How Love, prayer, and the Holy Spirit Completely Transformed a Congregation
  15. Agatha Christie, The Murder at the Vicarage (Miss Marple Mysteries)
  16. Stephen Meyer, Darwin's Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design
  17. Drew Dyck, Yawning at Tigers: You Can't Tame God, So Stop Trying *
  18. Eugene Peterson, Leap Over a Wall : Earthy Spirituality for Everyday Christians
  19. David Kertzer, The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe *
  20. Charles Portis, Gringos
  21. Michael Bird, How God Became Jesus: The Real Origins of Belief in Jesus' Divine Nature---A Response to Bart D. Ehrman *
  22. Allan Bloom, Closing of the American Mind: How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today's Students
  23. Charles Portis, Norwood
  24. D. L. Moody, The Overcoming Life (Moody Classics)
  25. Christian Smith, Lost in Transition: The Dark Side of Emerging Adulthood
  26. William Abraham, The Bible: Beyond the Impasse
  27. Henri Nouwen, Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World
  28. Ronald Rolheiser, Prayer: Our Deepest Longing
  29. Barbara Brown Taylor, Learning to Walk in the Dark
  30. Frank Laubach, Letters by a Modern Mystic
  31. St. John of the Cross, Dark Night of the Soul (Dover Thrift Editions)
  32. Alan Jacobs, The "Book of Common Prayer": A Biography (Lives of Great Religious Books)
  33. Stella Rimington, At Risk: A Novel
  34. Brandon K. McCoy, Youth Ministry from the Outside In: How Relationships and Stories Shape Identity
  35. Mark Horne, J.R.R. Tolkien (Christian Encounters Series)
  36. Victor Hugo, Les Miserables (Signet Classics)
  37. Richard Matheson, I Am Legend
  38. Dallas Willard, The Divine Conspiracy Continued: Fulfilling God's Kingdom on Earth
  39. Eric Friedman, Reinventing Philanthropy: A Framework for More Effective Giving *
  40. Roland Allen, Missionary Methods: St. Paul's or Ours?
  41. Timothy J. Keller, Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City
  42. Julian N. Hartt, Toward a Theology of Evangelism: (Julian Hartt Library)
  43. Tina Fey, Bossypants
  44. Rowan Williams, Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer
  45. Greg Hawkins and Cally Parkinson, Move: What 1,000 Churches Reveal about Spiritual Growth
  46. Preston Yancey, Tables in the Wilderness: A Memoir of God Found, Lost, and Found Again *
  47. Wendell Berry, A Place in Time: Twenty Stories of the Port William Membership
  48. N. T. Wright, Surprised by Scripture: Engaging Contemporary Issues
  49. Patrick Lencioni, The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business
  50. Nathan Foster, The Making of an Ordinary Saint: My Journey from Frustration to Joy with the Spiritual Disciplines *
  51. Colby D. Hall, History of Texas Christian University: A College of the Cattle Frontier
  52. Cormac McCarthy, The Orchard Keeper
  53. Cornelius Plantinga, Reading for Preaching: The Preacher in Conversation with Storytellers, Biographers, Poets, and Journalists
  54. Timothy J. Keller, Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God
  55. James Dashner, The Maze Runner (Book 1)
  56. Herman Melville, Moby Dick (Wordsworth Classics) (Wadsworth Collection)
  57. Frederick Buechner, The Son of Laughter
  58. Teresa of Avila, Interior Castle (Dover Thrift Editions)
  59. Stephen King, The Stand
  60. N. T. Wright, The Resurrection of the Son of God (Christian Origins and the Question of God, Vol. 3)
  61. Stephen King, The Shining
  62. Victor Lee Austin, Up with Authority: Why We Need Authority to Flourish as Human Beings

The public library system, my personal collection, and second hand booksellers, mostly. A few were gifts. Only a handful of these titles were purchased in 2014.

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