JRF’s #13-21: End of the Year Super Speed Review Bundle!

So this might get me kicked out of the club for taking the easy way out, but I’ve got 4 kids 5 and under and here we are 1 day after the end of the year and I’d like to at least record the rest of the books I’ve read in 2016 but haven’t had the time to review fully.    I’ll post a few sentences and then link to other reviews where available.


#13: Death By Living by N.D. Wilson.  At first I was put off a bit by the over artsyness of the writing.  But over time I got used to the style and actually came to appreciate the beauty N.D. Wilson was trying to reawaken his readers to.   I ended up thoroughly enjoying this book and it has lingered with me.

Read a fuller review here

#14: Knowing Christ by Mark Jones.  One of my top 10 reads of the year for sure.  On par with Packer’s Knowing God and intended to follow it up.  Read another review here

#15 and #16: The Ology by Marty Machowski  and The Biggest Story by Kevin Deyoung.  Great systematic theologies for kids.  Read these to my kids over this years’ meals and their ability to grasp deep concepts was helped greatly by these well written and illustrated books.  Read another review here.

#17: Legacy by James Michener.   This underrated book by James Michener traces a single family through the major events of American history, culminating in the main character embroiled in the Iran-Contra scandal.  Some interesting themes and I appreciated Michener not tip toeing around some of the US’s skeletons in the closet.

#18, 19, and 20:  These all are advent-related devotionals that I used personally or with my family this year.  I recommend them all highly!

Behold the Lamb of God by Russ Ramsey.  A survey of the redemptive narrative culminating with Christ.

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus by Nancy Guthrie (editor).  Christmas related excerpts from sermons and writings from luminaries such as John Calvin, M.Lloyd-Jones, John Macarthur, Sinclair Ferguson, and Augustine.  My favorite this year.

Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room by Nancy Guthrie.  A great family advent devotional with a short reflection, prayer, and questions.

#21:  The Mission Leadership Team by David Mays. Looking to start or reform a Missions committee at your church?  This is the book for you!


Happy New Year, hopefully I’ll have more substantial contributions to give in 2017.


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A broken sinner saved by the gracious work of Jesus Christ. Husband to the greatest woman of all time. Seriously. Father of 4. I enjoy surfing, SCUBA, basketball, and exploring. I also like to read and write and want to get better at both.

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