Silas Rodriguez is right when he penned these condemning words:   “The most effective way to keep information from someone is to put it in a book” .  We don’t read anymore.


 2 questions for you….WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ ALL THE WAY THROUGH? No cheating, all the way through. So many of us are best known for our bookmarks at around page 50. Think how many books you have on a bookshelf with bookmarks in them.  You started them and then something “shiny” distracted you and you started another book.


Second question, WHAT ONE BOOK DO YOU WANT TO READ IN 2013? Pick “A” book to finish in 2013 and read it all the way through.  Get crazy and read two, maybe three.

I really want to know what you have read and what you will read.  I have always gained by reading books that have touched other people’s lives.  


Let me tell you what I have been doing for a couple of decades now….

This is the week that I set my reading schedule for 2013.

I take the 12 months of the year and I put a topic to them and then add 4 books to my briefcase on that topic. It helps me to stay on course.  For example, I will do something like this….





and so on, and so on.

Pick a topic each month and get ONE BOOK for that topic.


I believe it was J. Oswald Sanders that said “leaders are readers.”  All the great leaders I have met and read about are and were readers.  Listen closely, no one is going to write your biography because you watched a lot of movies and have a big DVD library.  Probably the time it takes you to watch a movie, you can knock out 1/3 of a book.  Give it a shot in 2013.  


Some wisdom from Dr Seuss for you:


“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go…..so Be awesome! Be a book nut!”  Dr Seuss

10 thoughts on “WHAT HAVE YOU READ? WHAT WILL YOU READ?….Tell Me!”

  1. I read “the miracle of the scarlet thread” by dr booker this past year. This coming year I am going to be going through “the unfolding drama of redemption” by W. Graham Scroggie

  2. Since June, I’ve read only 4 books: The Expository Genius of John Calvin (Lawson), Hunger for God and Preparing for Marriage: Help for Christian Couples (Piper) and Preaching: How to Preach Biblically (MacArthur).

    I just started reading today A Guide to Expository Ministry by Dan Dumas (paperback) and recently started as well, John Piper’s book: Brothers We Are Not Professionals (paperback) and I’m also reading Paul Miller’s book, A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World (Kindle).

    Some of the books I’m planning to read are:

    – How Can a Good God Let Bad Things Happen by Mark Tabb
    – A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life by Joel Beeke and Mark Jones
    – Seal of God by Chad Williams
    – True Community: The Biblical Practice of Koinonia by Jerry Bridges
    – Transforming Grace: Living Confidently in God’s Unfailing Love also by Jerry Bridges
    – The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment by Tim Challies

    All of these books that I’m planning to read are on my Kindle, plus quite a few more that I haven’t mentioned. My bookshelf has plenty there for me to read as well too, which I need to attack also. Just noticing John Stott’s book, The Cross of Christ might be something I’ll try to accomplish reading a month before Easter.

    I’ve never set a goal to read a certain number of books in a year and I’ve wanted to and hopefully I’ll read at least 24 books in 2013. I should be able to accomplish reading 2 books each month to reach my goal for the year.

    God bless you and your family in the new year ahead.

  3. What a great idea Pastor Tim. I try to read a book monthly but I’m not very systematic about it. I think choosing one or more books to read a month is a great idea and setting out a plan for 2013 is a great way to keep me focused and on track with my goal. I also like the idea of choosing each month topically. Do you have any great suggestions for books or books that you’ve read recently that you’d recommend? Thanks PT I’m going to start working on this over the next couple days.

    1. I read 4 trade books, ie books that are job related..3 books were on the subject of autism that I would recommend to anyone….the one “Mockingbird ” view autism through the lens of a person with autism,the other,”Autism by Hand” was written by a believer who also happens to be the mother of an autistic child, and the third is “Brains, Trains and Video Games” I also read a book called”The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” It is about a man who suffered Locked down syndrome…a most severe stroke…and with the help f a speech therapist he wrote a book…they developed a communication system using eye blinks…only one eye blinked…quite an inspiration. I am not sure that you are interested in my secular readings. …but you asked.

      I also read “Spirit Rising”, Tolstoy’s”Where Love isThere is God Also”, Murray’s “Lord Teach Us To pray” and began to reread Songs of Degrees by Stephen Kaung…but like you said I have begun quite a few this year and bookmarked them…I am determined to finish them by the year end. These include :”The Kneeling Christian”, “Jesus Himself” by Andrew Murray, “Tale of Two Cities’, and “The Light Shines in Darkness” by Tolstoy. .

  4. Great blog, it helps people to stay motivated.

    I read “When God Whispers Your Name” by Max Lucado and “Wired
    That Way” by Marita Littauer.

    I am currentlyreading “The Hiding Place” by Corrie Ten boom.

    For the year 2013, I plan to read (1) “God’s Smuggler” by Brother Andrew, (2) “The
    Heavenly Man: The Remarkable True Story of Chinese Christian Brother Yun” by
    Paul Hattaway, (3) “Evidence Not Seen: A Woman’s Miraculous Faith in the Jungles of World War II” by Darlene Deibler Rose, (4) “ I Dared to Call Him Father:The Miraculous story of a Muslim Woman’s Encounter with God” by Bilquis Sheikh and (5) “Secret Believers: What Happens When Muslims Believe in Christ” by Brother Andrew

    I hope that I get to accomplish my goal of reading all 5.
    God bless you.

  5. Pastor Tim, reading books is one of the seeds you sowed into my life 20 years ago. To my shame, it took nearly 15 years to take root and grow. Back then I was doing good to get through a magazine article, and if the book didn’t have pictures… Now I love to read. The last books I finished were The God Who Hung on the Cross, and How to Help Your Pastor Succeed. My first read of the new year is The Study of the Types (Habershon) and my must read book for 2013 is The Azusa Papers by William Seymour. In between those two will be at least one good biography. It is a struggle to get the reading time in my schedule, but worth the fight.

  6. I read ‘Erasing Hell’ by Francis Chan from cover to cover in no time.

    I am looking forward to read ‘Multiply’ by David Platt and I have a couple of Ravi Zacharias’ books on the pile.

    Right now I am reading ‘Compelled by love’ by Heidy Baker.

    When is your book coming;)?

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