2015 Books: 1Q

Books read from January through March. Next reading list viewable by clicking here. Running yearly count: 8.

Creation in Six Days: A Defense of the Traditional Reading of Genesis One – James Jordan (1999); Print // Very good and convincing work of biblical theology (rather than a scientific defense). Chapters on gnosticism were especially provocative. Well worth a read, though I wish he spent more time on the “genre” issues of Genesis.

A Lifting Up for the Downcast – William Bridge (1648); Print // Thirteen (13!) sermons on one verse (1!): Psalm 42:5. Really top notch exposition and application.

Peace Like a River – Leif Enger (2001); Library // Highly recommended by Doug Wilson and others, but disappointing. Enger turns an excellent phrase, but the plot and characters are never believable or relatable, and the work feels forced and flat.

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business – Charles Duhigg (2012); Library // Fascinating and practical sociological/pop psychology work. Distilled down to: don’t focus on changing end behaviors, but cues.

A Quest for More: Living for Something Bigger than You – Paul David Tripp (2007); eBook // Just okay, with some good nuggets sprinkled in about living for God’s transcendent kingdom rather than our own myopic kingdoms of one. Like other Tripp works, I found it to be repetitive and sometimes cliche.

The Road – Cormac McCarthy (2006); Library // McCarthy at his post-apocalyptic best. Darkly heart-wrenching with glimmers of hope. Powerful.

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption – Laura Hillenbrand (2010); Library // Couldn’t put it down. Almost unbelievable what this man went through, and survived. Heard the movie was pretty poor, though.

Young Men in Spats – P.G. Wodehouse (1936); Print // Fun as always, though these formulaic short stories aren’t nearly as good as his novels.

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