1. Browsings: A Year of Reading. Collecting and Living with Books, Michael Dirda 2015
  2. Classics for Pleasure, Michael Dirda, 2007. Excellent Survey of Literature.
  3. Wanting the Impossible: Sermons, George B. Duncan, 1957
  4. The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine and the Birth of Right and Left, Yuval Levin, 2014. Fascinating and enlightening.
  5. The Fractured Republic: Renewing America’s Social Contract in an age of Individualism, Yuval Levin, 2016
  6. Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas, Plough, 2001. Excellent
  7. Speaking of Dying: Recovering the Church’s Voice in the Face of Death, Fred Craddock, Dale and Joy Goldsmith, 2012. Excellent, inspiring, practical, helpful in ministering to the dying.
  8. Kierkegaard: A Single Life, Stephen Backhouse, 2016
  9. A Torch Kept Lit: Great Lives of the Twentieth Century, William F. Buckley, Jr. Ed. James Rosen, 2016. Fascinating retrospectives.
  10. Simplify: Ten Practices to Unclutter Your Soul, Bill Hybels, 2014. Excellent
  11. London at War, Philip Ziegler, 1995
  12. The Christ of Velasquez, Miguel de Unamuno, trans. Eleanor L. Turnbull, 1951. Magnificent.
  13. Think, Act, Be, Like Jesus: Becoming a New Person in Christ, Randy Frazee, 2014, Excellent.
  14. The Clockwork Image: A Christian Perspective on Science, Donald M. MacKay, 1974. Superb.
  15. Medieval Wisdom for Modern Christians: Finding Authentic Faith in a Forgotten Age with C.S. Lewis, Chris R. Armstrong, 2016. An important corrective to super-spirituality that denies the incarnational truth of Christianity. Valuable in reclaiming neglected aspects of our faith.
  16. The Agony of Christianity, Miguel de Unamuno, 1924, 1960. The struggle to believe in the midst of the tragedies of political Christianity.
  17. How Dante Can Save Your Life, Rod Dreher, 2015
  18. Founders of the Middle Ages, E.K. Rand, 1928. Illuminating.
  19. The Pastor Theologian: Resurrecting an Ancient Vision, Gerald Hiestand, Todd Wilson, 2015. Important stimulus to getting clergy to study to be theologians.
  20. Meditations from Kierkegaard, T.H. Croxall, 1955.
  21. A Roving Commission: The Story of My Early Life, Winston S. Churchill, 1930, 1951. Fascinating.
  22. Augustine of Hippo: A Biography, Peter Brown, 1967, 2000
  23. Consolation of Philosophy, Boethius (AD 524), A classical discussion of Providence, Fortune, Chance, Predestination: nothing happens by chance or accident.
  24. Confessions, St. Augustine, trans. Henry Chadwick, 1991. Profound.
  25. The Leader’s Bookshelf, Adm. James Stavridis & R. Manning Ancell, 2017. Incredible survey of the recommended reading of leaders.
  26. Proud to be a Mammal, Czeslaw Milosz, 2010.
  27. Institutes of the Christian Religion, John Calvin, ed. John T. McNeill. The Bible of Reformed Theology.
  28. On the Abolition of All Political Parties, Simone Weil.
  29. The Making of a Christian Leader, Ted W. Engstrom, 1976. Superb.
  30. On Human Nature, Roger Scruton, 2017.
  31. The Theologica Germanica of Martin Luther, 1518.
  32. Prudentius (AD 410): The Daily Round, The Divinity of Christ, The Origin of Sin, The Fight for Mansoul, Reply to Symmachus. Eloquent apologetics.
  33. Eclipse, Alan Moorehead. End of WWII with British Army in Italy, France and Germany.
  34. Rumi’s Secret: The Life of the Sufi Poet of Love, Brad Gooch, 2017.
  35. The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis – and How to rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance, Ben Sasse, 2017. Insightful, practical and timely.
  36. Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God, Timothy Keller, 2106. Excellent.
  37. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, J.D. Vance, 2106. Perceptive, inspiring, authentic.
  38. Transition Plan, Bob Russell, Bryan Bucher, 2010. Pastoral succession.
  39. Evolution and the Fall, ed. William T. Cavanaugh & James K.A. Smith, 2017. Provocative & stimulating.
  40. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass an American Slave, 1844. Incredible, heart-rending, an indictment of Christian slave owners and their religion. Should be compulsory reading in all theological seminaries.
  41. Finishing Well: What People who REALLY Live Do Differently, Bob Buford, 2004.
  42. The Miracle of Dunkirk, Walter Lord, 1982. Heroic and Tragic. The pity of war.
  43. An Airman’s Odyssey, Antoine De Exupery, 1939
  44. The Normal Christian Life, Watchman Nee, 1957. A devotional classic.
  45. Preparing for Heaven: What Dallas Willard Taught me About Living, Dying, and Eternal Life. Gary Black, Jr. 2015
  46. Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion, Paul Bloom, 2016
  47. A Prayer Journal, Flannery O’Connor. Honest and aware of her failings.
  48. The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives, Dallas Willard, 1988. A spiritual classic – balanced and thorough.
  49. Darwinism and the Divine: Evolutionary Thought and Natural Theology, Alister E. McGrath, 2011
  50. Leon Morris: One Man’s Fight for Love and Truth, Neil Bach, 2015. Fascinating and instructive.
  51. The New City Catechism Devotional, ed. Collin Hansen, 2017. Superb.
  52. The Collects of Thomas Cranmer, C.F. Barbee & Paul Zahl, 1999 & 2006
  53. Drucker and Me, Bob Buford, 2014. Very helpful on managing life.
  54. Kierkegaard’s Concept of Faith, Merold Westphal, 2014
  55. Reset: Living a Grace-Paced Life in a Burnout Culture, David Murray, 2017. Well done.
  56. The Capitalist Code: It Can Save Your Life and Make You Very Rich, Ben Stein, 2017
  57. Pastor His: Confucian Scholar and Conqueror of Demons, Mrs Howard Taylor, 1903, 2105. A spiritual classic on Chinese Christianity.
  58. Karl Barth: An Introductory Biography for Evangelicals, Mark Galli, 2017. Well done.
  59. No Silver Bullets: 5 Small Shifts That Will Transform Your Ministry, Daniel Im, 2017
  60. In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership, Henri Nouwen, 1989. Superb.
  61. Habits for our Holiness: How the Spiritual Disciplines Grow Us Up, Draw Us Together, and Send Us Out, Philip Nation, 2016


“Fiction teaches you about human beings – how they think, how they behave, what’s important to them.” Peter Drucker

  1. A Close Run Thing, Allan Mallinson. A series of British historical military novels of the early nineteenth century by an excellent military historian.
  2. Honorable Company, A. Mallinson, 2000 British India 1816
  3. A Regimental Affair, A. Mallinson, 2002
  4. A Call To Arms, A. Mallinson, 2002
  5. The Sabre’s Edge, A. Mallinson, 2003
  6. Rumors of War, A. Mallinson, 2004
  7. An Act of Courage, A. Mallinson, 2005
  8. A Company of Spears, A. Mallinson, 2006
  9. Warrior, A. Mallinson, 2008
  10. On His Majesty’s Service, A. Mallinson, 2011
  11. Words of Command, A. Mallinson, 2015
  12. The Flying Inn, G.K. Chesterton, 1914
  13. Many Dimensions, Charles Williams, 1949
  14. Kim, Rudyard Kipling
  15. Busman’s Honeymoon, Dorothy Sayers, 1937.
  16. Peace in War, Miguel de Unamuno, 1897, 1983. Reflection on the futility of war and politics and the challenge of religion in the midst of it. Profound.
  17. The World at Night, Alan Furst, 1996.
  18. A Hero of France, Alan Furst, 2016.
  19. The Age of Anxiety, W.H. Auden, 1947
  20. The Once and Future King, T.H. White, 1939. Classic story of King Arthur magically retold.
  21. Fathers and Sons, Ivan Turgenov, 1862
  22. Derby Day, D.J.Taylor, 2011
  23. Golden Hill: A Novel of Old New York, Francis Spufford, 2016.
  24. Beau Geste, P.C. Wren, 1924. Classic adventure mystery.
  25. The Cuban Affair, Nelson DeMille, 2017