Reading 50 Books in 2011

I am halfway through 2011 (and so are the rest of you). One of my goals this year was to read 50 books, I figured since I’m halfway through the year, I’d share with you my progress in case you’ve missed some of my thoughts on these books. As I’ve said before, what I love about looking back on the reading I’ve done, I can see how God has worked in my life and shaped my thinking. So, here goes. They are in order of reading:

  1. Missional Community Life by Porterbrook Network
  2. Why Johnny Can’t Preach by T. David Gordon
  3. Exponential: How You and Your Friends can Start a Missional Church Movement by Dave & Jon Ferguson
  4. Reclaiming Adoption: Missional Living Through the Rediscovery of Abba Father by Dan Cruver
  5. Gospel Change by Porterbrook Network
  6. Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes us Just by Timothy Keller
  7. Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip & Dan Heath
  8. On the Old Testament (A Book You’ll Actually Read) by Mark Driscoll
  9. The Message of the Old Testament:  Promises Made by Mark Dever
  10. Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell & the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived by Rob Bell
  11. Practicing Greatness: 7 Disciplines of Extraordinary Spiritual Leaders by Reggie McNeal
  12. A Work of Heart: How God Shapes Spiritual Leaders by Reggie McNeal
  13. The Confession: A Novel by John Grisham
  14. Five Ministry Killers and How to Defeat Them by Charles Stone
  15.  The Prodigal God by Tim Keller
  16. Wrestling an Angel: A Story of Love, Disability, and the Lessons of Grace by Greg Lucas
  17. The Drama of Scripture by Michael Goheen & Craig Bartholomew
  18. Speak Like a CEO by Suzanne Bates
  19. How the Mighty Fall by Jim Collins
  20. Redemption: How Jesus Frees from the Idols we Worship and the Wounds we Carry by Mike Wilkerson
  21. The Rest of God by Mark Buchanan
  22. Moneyball by Michael Lewis
  23. On the Verge by Dave Ferguson & Alan Hirsch

Recommended Resources for our Next Series on the Old Testament

I revealed a few weeks ago that we are starting our next series at Revolution on April 23rd called The Story of God. It is a 5 month journey through the Old Testament. For many, the Old Testament is something they often avoid. It is seen as archaic, hard to understand, has names you can’t pronounce, God seems to be unjust, angry or tyrant, whereas Jesus seems more compassionate, gentler and gracious. So, Christians and pastors for that matter, stick to the New Testament. But, without the Old Testament the New Testament doesn’t make any sense.

I have been working on this series and the study guide for several months and I am seeing the Old Testament in a new light. I am seeing a God that pursues broken people, refuses to leave them when they sin over and over and ultimately, creates a way for him to have a relationship with us. The gospel and mission of God through the person and work of Jesus are woven through every page of the Old Testament. It is beautiful.

Because the Old Testament was written 2,000-3,500 years ago, it can be hard to understand. For this reason, we will be sharing more resources than we normally do in this series. Below are a few of the books that I’ve read over the last few months that have proven to be helpful in understanding the Old Testament, particularly its message and how to understand God through the lens of the Old Testament.