2017 Reading Challenge

During 2016, I saw a few posts about those who had entered into a reading challenge. This year, I’m deciding to join in with them. Tim Challies has posted the categories for the 2017 Reading Challenge. To complete the entire challenge is to read 104 books. I’m most likely not reading that many books. The way my life is set up prevents me from consuming 104 books. However, I am committing to complete as many books as possible. Audiobooks will be how consume the majority of the books. I have a 35–40 minute drive to and from work each day. With no working radio, this sure beats talking to myself.[1]

See the challenge below and the books I have decided to read in those categories. I haven’t picked out all the books yet and if I have not read it yet, then it is always subject to change. Hopefully, as I get them read, I can put up my thoughts on some of the books. Any suggestions of books to read? Want to join in on the reading fun with me?

Number Category Title Author
1 A biography Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy Eric Metaxas[2]
2 A classic novel 1984 George Orwell
3 A book about history Worlds at War: The 2,500-Year Struggle Between East and West Anthony Pagden
4 A book targeted at your gender Disciplines of a Godly Man R. Kent Hughes
5 A book about theology Destroyer of the gods: Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World Larry Hurtado
6 A book with at least 400 pages What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815–1848 Daniel Walker Howe
7 A book your pastor recommends The End of Reason Ravi Zacharias
8 A book about Christian living The Whole Christ Sinclair Ferguson
9 A book more than 100 years old The Christian Ministry Charles Bridges
10 A book published in 2017 Preaching in the New Testament Jonathan Griffiths
11 A book for children or teens The Radical Book for Kids: Exploring the Roots and Shoots of Faith Champ Thornton
12 A book of your choice The Vine Project Tony Payne and Colin Marshall
13 A book about a current issue Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America Christian Smith and Michael Emerson
14 A book written by a Puritan The Mortification of Sin John Owen
15 A book by or about a missionary Peace Child Don Richardson
16 A book about Christian living The Family Life of a Christian Leader Ajith Fernando
17 A commentary on a book of the Bible Commentary on Hebrews Thomas Schreiner
18 A book about the Reformation Rescuing the Gospel: The Story and Significance of the Reformation Erwin Lutzer
19 A book about theology None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That’s a Good Thing) Jen Wilkin
20 A book recommended by a family member Free at Last?: The Gospel in the African-American experience Carl Ellis
21 A book with a great cover The Underground Railroad Colson Whitehead
22 A book on the current New York Times list of bestsellers Hillbilly Elegy J.D. Vance
23 A book about church history The Lost History of Christianity Phillip Jenkins
24 A book of 100 pages or less Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
25 A book of your choice They Say We Are Infidels Mindy Belz
26 A book that won a prize Black Flags: The Rise of Isis Joby Warrick
27 A book from a theological viewpoint you disagree with God and the Gay Christian Matthew Vines
28 A book about Christian living The Life We Never Expected: Hopeful Reflections on the Challenges of Parenting Children with Special Needs Andrew and Rachel Wilson
29 A book about apologetics Tactics: a game plan for discussing your Christian convictions Gregory Koukl
30 A book of your choice The Fractured Republic Yuval Levin
31 A humorous book Then We Came to the End Joshua Ferris
32 A book based on a true story Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco Bryan Burrough
33 A book about prayer Calling on the Name of the Lord J. Gary Millar
34 A book of poetry A Small Porch: Sabbath Poems 2014 Wendell Berry
35 A book with a one-word title Silence (Picador Published) Shusaku Endo
36 A book by Sinclair Ferguson Devoted to God Sinclair Ferguson
37 A novel by an author you have never read before Homegoing Yaa Gyasi
38 A book about Christian living The Hardest Peace Kara Tippetts
39 A memoir or autobiography Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor D.A. Carson
40 A play by William Shakespeare Hamlet (Arden) William Shakespeare
41 A book of your choice Political Church: The Local Assembly as Embassy of Christ’s Rule Jonathan Leeman
42 A book written by an author with initials in their name You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit James K. A. Smith
43 A book by a female author The Nightingale Kristin Hannah
44 A book about theology The Things of Earth: Treasuring God by Enjoying His Gifts Joe Rigney
45 A book published by Crossway Married for God Christopher Ash
46 A self-improvement book The New Pastor’s Handbook Jason Helopoulos
47 A graphic novel March Trilogy John Lewis
48 A book you own but have never read Prepare Them to Shepherd Brian Croft
49 A book targeted at the other gender Let Me Be A Woman Elisabeth Elliot
50 A book about Christian living Union With Christ: The Way to Know and Enjoy Go Rankin Wilbourne
51 A book of your choice Strong and Weak Andy Crouch
52 A book about race or racial issues Not Tragically Colored: Freedom, Personhood, and the Renewal of Black America Ismael Hernandez
53 A book you have started but never finished
54 A book about church history
55 A book about holiness or sanctification
56 A book about science
57 A book used as a seminary textbook
58 A book on the ECPA bestseller list
59 A book about productivity or time management
60 A book of your choice
61 A book about spiritual disciplines
62 A book about parenting
63 A book about Christian living
64 A book by Iain Murray
65 A book about business
66 A book about theology
67 A book about marriage
68 A photo essay book
68 A book of comics
70 A book about the Second World War
71 A book by a Puritan
72 A book about preaching or public speaking
73 A book of your choice
74 A book about suffering
75 A book about evangelism
76 A book by your favorite author
77 A book you have read before
78 A Christian novel
79 A biography of a Christian
80 A book about the natural world
81 A novel for young adults
82 A novel longer than 400 pages
83 A book about history
84 A book about the Bible
85 A book recommended by a friend
86 A book published by P&R Publications
87 A book with an ugly cover
88 A book by or about a martyr
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 leadership
94 A book by John Piper
95 A book about theology
96 A book for children or teens
97 A book about sexuality
98 A book about writing
99 A book about current events
100 A biography of a world leader
101 A book about the church
102 A book of your choice
103 A book about a hobby
104 A book written in the twentieth century

  1. They say talking to yourself is not that bad. But when you answer yourself is when you should start worrying. However, I ask myself questions and answer them all the time. And I think I’m perfectly okay. Right? Right!  ↩

  2. I got a headstart at the end of 2016.  ↩