The Top Reads of 2019

assorted books

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I’m a little (a lot) late on posting this. I was going to put links and pics in the post, but at this point, I’m not. You’re smart enough to look up books on Amazon!

Here is the complete List of what I read in 2019:

1. The Imperfect Disciple (Jared C. Wilson) There were some good parts in here, and it fits with the Spiritual Formation theme I’ve been working on. But I wasn’t really a fan of Wilson’s writing style. I finished. Barely.
2. The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry (John Mark Comers) This is one of my top reads of 2019. I don’t think it will stand the test of time as a classic, but it has been a timely book for me when I think about following Jesus and the frenetic pace with which we run our lives.
3. Shepherding God’s People (Siang-Yan Tan) This book is a great primer of what Pastoral Ministry is about. The chapters are on different aspects of ministry and there is a GREAT bibliography at the end of each chapter!
4. Disappearing Church (Mark Sayers) I loved this book from Sayers. I’ve been listening to his podcast, This Cultural Moment, with John Mark Comers. It’s great. His book is challenging, smart, and hopeful.
5. Lincoln in the Bardo (George Saunders) It took a while to get into the book, but an interesting fictional read about Abraham Lincoln’s son caught in-between the physical world and the afterlife.
6. The Tech-Wise Family (Andy Crouch) If you’re wrestling how to approach screens and kids- and how to set healthy boundaries- this book is a must-read.
7. Canoeing the Mountains (Tod Bolsinger) One of the better church leadership books I’ve read in the last nine years. The comparison to Lewis and Clark and our challenge of the changing culture is a good one.
8. The Knowledge of the Holy (A.W. Tozer) Tozer provides a study of the attributes of God.
9. The Lord of the Rings (JRR Tolkien) This should count as three books! As much as I’ve enjoyed the movies, this is the first time that I read the series.
10. Colossians and Philemon (NT Wright) I preached on Colossians and Philemon this Fall and read all of NT Wright’s commentary. It wasn’t long, but was very insightful. Also very accessible for anyone without a seminary degree.
11. Star Wars: Kenobi (John Jackson Miller)
12. Star Wars: Master Apprentice (Claudia Gray)
13. Faith for Exiles (David Kinneman & Mark Matlock) This is a must-read for those in ministry. At some point, I hope to write more.
14. Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron (Alexander Freed)
15. The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs (Stephen Brusatte)
16. The First 90 Days (Michael D. Watkins)
17. Star Wars: Thrawn- Treason (Timothy Zahn)
18. Jesus Outside the Lines (Scott Sauls)
19. Star Wars: X-Wing- The Krytos Trap (Michael A. Stackpole0
20. Frederick Douglass (David W. Blight) I’ve previously written about this book.
21. When Moses Met Aaron (Gil Rendle & Susan Beaumont) Book on supervising a church staff/team. Sounds exciting, doesn’t it?
22. The Pursuit of God (A.W. Tozer)
23. Your Best Move (Robert Kaylor)
24. The Common Rule (Justin Whitmel Earley) Similar to Comer’s The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry, Earley provides some real concrete ways to slow down and create rules of life in order to hear from God and build kingdom relationships and lives. I posted about this book recently, as well.
25. Prodigal God (Timothy Keller) This is Keller’s classic work on God as prodigal. Yes, you should read it.
26. The Prodigal Prophet (Timothy Keller) Playing off of Prodigal God, Keller goes in depth with the story of Jonah. While we know the story of Jonah and the fish, the biblical story is much deeper and has many implications.
27. No-Fail Meetings (Michael Hyatt)
28. Inside Large Congregations (Susan Beaumont)
29. Advent (Fleming Rutledge) This was a great book to read. I read parts of it again through Advent. It is a collection of sermons that would be a great devotional read through the season of Advent. One sermon a day would feed your soul.
30. The Lost World of the Flood (Tremper Longman III. & John W. Walton)
31. Still Life (Louise Penny)
32. Hope in the Dark (Craig Groeschel)
33. Star Wars: X-Wing- Wedge’s Gamble (Michael Stackpole)
34. The Bible– I completed my Bible-in-a-year reading plan. If you’ve never done it and your claim the name of Jesus, then make it a point to read through the Bible in 2020. It is worth the effort!

About Steve LaMotte

Husband of Andrea and father of four amazing children. Pastor at Avenue United Methodist Church in Milford, Delaware.
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