I have an insatiable appetite for reading. I read every day of every week. My vacation luggage always includes at least one full bag/briefcase of books. When I am traveling for long periods of time, I am listening to an audiobook. I love to consume good material. For my general reading, which does not include keeping up with current events, pop culture, news, academic research, or preaching preparation, I follow John R. W. Stott’s recommended reading plan of committing at least one hour a day, one afternoon a week, one day a month, and one week a year to reading good material. If you will be faithful to put your phone down more often, tune out social media, and apply yourself to a good book, you can cover a lot of ground over time.

I offer the following list without comment and in no particular order. If you are looking for good material to read in the new year, I highly recommend these great books:

  1. Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
  2. The Imperfect Pastor: Discovering Joy in Our Limitations through a Daily Apprenticeship with Jesus by Zack Eswine
  3. God and the Transgender Debate by Andrew T. Walker
  4. A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society by Eugene Peterson
  5. How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds by Alan Jacobs
  6. You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit by James K. A. Smith
  7. Johnny Cash: The Life by Robert Hilburn
  8. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
  9. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance
  10. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
  11. Start with Why by Simon Sinek
  12. Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism by Tim Keller
  13. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen
  14. So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport
  15. Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon by Bryan Chapell

What books did you read this past year that you really enjoyed and benefited from? I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment below and share this post with others!