2016 Books: 2Q

Books read from April through June. Annual running count: 17.

The Accidental Systems Librarian – Nicole C. Engard (2012); Library // Read for work; pretty helpful in taking on additional responsibilities in library systems work.

Answering God: The Psalms as Tools for Prayer – Eugene Peterson (1991); Print // Short but really excellent. Down to earth, thoughtful, insightful. Quoted often in Keller’s book on prayer (below), which was fun since, like a hipster, I read this one first.

At the Back of the North Wind – George MacDonald (1871); Print // MacDonald is one of C.S. Lewis’ largest influences, and I finally got around to reading one of his. Pretty good children’s story, though was expecting more depth. Will have to try one of his more famous fairy stories.

Cities of the Plain – Cormac McCarthy (1999); Library // Conclusion of the Border trilogy, and this one was disappointing after how much I enjoyed the first two (especially All the Pretty Horses).

Fighting the Good Fight: A Brief History of the OPC – D.G. Hart (1988?); Print // Read for leadership training. Balanced and honest treatment of the history of the OPC from the perspective of “flashpoints” in its history. Would really like to see an updated edition of this.

Outgrowing the Ingrown Church – John Miller (1986); Print // Read for leadership training for perspective widening (not necessarily as an endorsement). Not balanced or nuanced at all, outdated, and I didn’t find it beneficial at all.

Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God – Tim Keller (2014); Print // Read for men’s reading group that I didn’t attend. Best book on prayer I’ve read; highly recommended. Comprehensive in scope, including biblical, pastoral, philosophical, experiential, and practical elements of prayer. Well researched and well grounded in Scripture and even the confessions.

The Spirituality of Wine – Gisela Kreglinger (2016); Print // So, so good. Well researched, engagingly written, joyful treatment of wine in the Bible, in the history of the church, in the Eucharist, in feasting, and in life. Echoes the frequent themes of embodiment, earthiness, joy, and presence of others like Berry, Capon, and Smith. Highly recommended.

You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit – James K.A. Smith (2016); Print // A condensed version of his Desiring the Kingdom; this was good but not as good.



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