New Year’s Resolution: Read More Books!

New Year’s Resolution: Read More Books! December 31, 2013

[Today’s post is from my Patheos archive]

Happy New Year! I have routinely resolved at the New Year that I’d like to read more, and to read more intentionally. (Of course, a major part of my job as a history professor is reading, and much of that reading is pleasurable, but I am talking about the kind of non-professional reading I do in the evenings or on weekends.) My Baylor colleague Alan Jacobs encourages us to embrace the freedom to read at whim, but I also suspect many of us would find it a relief to have some sort of reading plan, to help us create order out of the millions of possible reading choices.

Tony Reinke’s Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading Books tipped me off to Pastor Mark Dever’s “Christian Classics Curriculum,” one of the most coherent such plans I have seen for church history. Dever sets out a monthly reading schedule on major topics in Christian/Protestant/Reformed history, starting with selections from the early church and ending with recent evangelical authors such as J.I. Packer, John Stott, and John Piper. Check out Dever’s plan here — and happy reading!

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  • Richard Pierard

    This is an interesting photo of a monument of a pile of books in front of Berlin’ s Humboldt University. I have not been there lately and so have not seen this. Immediately adjacent to it is the place where the Nazi burning of the books took place in May 1933. A moving memorial there is a glass-covered opening in the pavement where one looks down below street level and sees empty book shelves, reminding the viewer of the awful thing that occurred there.

  • Randy Attwood

    Hope you might put two of my books on your to-read list. They are religion related: The 41st Sermon is about an Episcopal priest at mid-life and mid-faith crisis and “Rabbletown: LIfe in These United Christian States of Holy America,” the title says it all about this dystopia set in 2084. Those two works and others can be found here: