I have read a lot of books. In fact, I have made a goal of reading 52 books per year for the past two years, and have succeeded at that goal. I read many new books in the areas of theology, Christian living, pastoral theology, etc in order to review and offer you thoughts on the newest books. But there are many classic Christian books I haven’t read.
As I’ve been pondering my reading habits, I’ve noticed a couple of things: (1) I have been almost exclusively focusing on books written within the past few years, to the neglect of some Christian classics, and (2) There are quite a few Christian classics that I have not read.
So for my 2018 reading goal, I have selected 12 books (1 per month) that are widely considered to be classics of the Christian faith. Though I may have read portions of some of these, I have not read any of these 12 books cover to cover. Embarrassing as it may be to admit, it’s true.
So here they are, arranged in order of original release date (you can click on the cover of any of them to find out more information and even order a copy for yourself) …
There are a few books on theology in general, a few on practical theology, a few on the doctrine of God specifically, a couple on pastoral theology, and one autobiography. You will notice that I have made an effort to focus on older books. One was written in 400AD, seven of them were written in the 1500s – 1800s, and four were written in the 1900s. The “oldest” book is Augustine’s Confessions, thought to be written in 400AD, and the “newest” book is Jerry Bridges’ Pursuit of Holiness, originally published in 1978.
So how about you? Have you read any of these? Are there any that you think I should consider adding next year? Would you like to join me for this challenge? I’d love to hear your feedback