30 Books I Plan on Reading in 2018

I have been reading about 30 books per year for the last 10 years. It’s always fun to select my books for the new year.  I usually select books from in the following categories — Christian Life, Biblical Studies, Leadership, Self-Improvement, Creative Non-Fiction, and Fiction. I have several lists I consult to help me in my decision, such as — Pulitzer Prize Winners, Pushcart Winners, Booker Prize, National Book Award, New York Times Bestseller, to name a few.

Stack of Books



Here’s my list for 2018. This is not a suggested list. In fact, I suggest you NOT read all these books. You should spend time selecting the books that will help you the most. You don’t even need to use the same categories I use. I have chosen these categories over the years because of what I do for a living and the kinds of books that appeal to me. You can create your own categories and list. I offer this list as an example of how it works for me.

Christian Living (4)

75 Masterpieces Every Christian Should Know: The Fascinating Stories behind Great Works of Art, Literature, Music, and Film by Terry Glaspey

The Imperfect Disciple: Grace for People Who Can’t Get Their Act Together by Jared C. Wilson

Our Secular Age: Ten Years of Reading and Applying Charles Taylor by Hansen, Rishmawy, et al.

Reset: Living a Grace-Paced Life in a Burnout Culture by David Murray

Biblical Studies (4)

Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels by Richard Hays

Neither Complimentarian nor Egalitarian: A Kingdom Corrective to the Evangelical Gender Debate by Michelle Lee-Barnewall

Destroyer of the gods: Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World by Larry Hurtado

Simply Jesus by N.T. Wright

Leadership (4)

The Unstuck Church: Equipping Churches to Experience Sustained Health by Tony Morgan

Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio

Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Some Don’t by Simon Sinek

Organization/Self-Improvement (4)

15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management by Kevin Kruse

Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland

Are You Fully Charged?: The 3 Keys to Energizing Your Work and Life by Tom Rath

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

Creative Non-Fiction (7)

The Best American Essays edited by Leslie Jamison

Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by Joby Warrick (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher by Debby Applegate (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between by Hisham Matar (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Abdurraqib

Fiction (7)

The Best American Short Stories edited by Meg Wolitzer

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

The Secret Servant by Daniel Silva

The Long Drop by Denise Mina

Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke


Christian Living

This is Our Time: Everyday Myths in Light of the Gospel by Trevin Wax

Anxious for Nothing by Max Lucado

Biblical Studies

The Historical Figure of Jesus by E.P. Sanders

In the Shadow of Empire by Richard Horsely


Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

The Mentoring Church: How Pastors and Congregations Cultivate Leaders by Phil Newton


The Fear Factor by Abigail Marsh

The 4-hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

General Non-Fiction

A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide by Samantha Power

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow


The Whistler by John Grisham

Glass Houses by Louise Penny


Happy Reading!!



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