It brings me a lot of joy to put this post together year after year. Initially, I couldn’t think of many books I read for hobby in 2022 (so typical right now, snort), but then I remembered I shared many of them on social media (which is totally hilarious given I left that “world” in November). I also took many photos of the books I was reading with my phone. OH, and then I remembered the books I read for my Graduate program with Moody. Seeing the final list, I heard myself say hooray! :)
Here are the books I read in 2022:
- This beautiful biography on the life and ministry (including many challenges) of Susie Spurgeon inspired my prayer / letter writing ministry. Click here if you’d like to share a prayer request & receive a letter reply.
- A fun change from what a typically read. I enjoyed Ota’s ability to describe in detail what he saw as he visited many historic kitchens. Each chapter (kitchen toured) ends with a personal letter to his wife with his best tips for the design of their future “dream kitchen.”
Devoted: Great Men and Their Godly Moms by Tim Challies
- This book doesn’t have to try hard to get you to understand why the ministry of Biblical motherhood (especially toward sons) is so important. We don’t often see much progress in our daily work of teaching and training, but the potential is beautifully high if we stay the course.
The Story of Christianity, Volume 1 (The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation) & Volume 2 (The Reformation to the Present Day) by Justo Gonzalez
- Both volumes were required reading for my Church History class with Moody Bible. Very interesting, and more information than you probably knew was available is presented ;)
Tethered to the Cross: The Life and Preaching of Charles H. Spurgeon by Thomas Breimaier
- Though another required read for my Church History class, I greatly enjoyed this biography on Spurgeon himself and the two connections the theologian and historian author makes of Spurgeon’s sermons: all sermons are Christocentric and Crucocentric.
Social Sanity in an Insta World by Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra, Melissa Kreuger, Jen Wilkin and more
- This may have been the beginning of the end of my time on social media, which I officially announce with this blog post. It was helpful to read so many varying thoughts and examples of how to use social media and encouragement if it feels like too much.
Yours, Till Heaven: The Untold Love Story of Charles and Susie Spurgeon by Ray Rhodes Jr.
- Biographies were a new genre for me to read in 2022, and it turns out I really love them! Ray Rhodes Jr. is an excellent researcher and writer. Here’s one more book on the Spurgeon couple; I enjoyed this thoroughly.
The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer
- This book was a re-read from a few years ago. My Bible study group read it during the fall months. Toward the end of the study, we decided to take a “silence & solitude (plus sisterhood!)” weekend trip to read, study, and rest. Author John Mark Comer focuses on four Spiritual Disciplines worthy of practicing to keep in step with “the way of Jesus.”
Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald S. Whitney
- Are you curious to learn about the Spiritual Disciplines? Here, Donald S. Whitney outlines a dozen or so that he titles “valuable” to walking with Christ. Each chapter focuses on a different discipline (practice), with the first couple of chapters outlining how to read, study, meditate and memorize Scripture. I really enjoyed this book! I’ll be referencing it often.
Let Me Be a Woman by Elisabeth Elliot
- This is a small book of short chapters written by the late Elisabeth to her engaged daughter Valerie. Reading this made me feel like I was sitting in on their special conversations <3
Remember Your Joy: A Bible Study of Salvation Stories in the Old Testament by Melissa Kreuger
- This was the first book my Bible study worked through. Last summer I attended The Gospel Coalition’s Women conference in Indianapolis, and this was the theme of the 3-day event. It never fails to impress to see how the Old Testament is connected to the New Testament, and vice versa.
The Bondage Breaker by Neil Anderson
- A required reading for my Spiritual Warfare & Spiritual Discipleship class with Moody. It was quite interesting to read and I learned a lot, though this isn’t one I would have picked on my own. One example of the elders in your life are valuable to the younger generations :)
Three Crucial Questions about Spiritual Warfare by Clinton E. Arnold
- A second required reading for my Spiritual Warfare & Spiritual Discipleship class.
Lies Women Believe: And the Truth that Sets Them Free by Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth
- Once again, a required read for one of my Graduate classes ;) though the cover jacket is a little goofy, the wisdom Nancy shares within is wonderful. I personally benefitted from “I can’t help who I am,” “I’m not/She’s not a good mother,” “If I feel something it must be true,” and “I can’t control my emotions.”
- This was a required read for my Spirituality and the Family class with Moody. With four young children at home, it was helpful to read wisdom on a topic that can often feel too hard to address or re-direct.
A Survey of the New Testament by Robert H. Gundry
- Cue the nerdy glasses! This textbook was enjoyable to read, though (once again) it included way more information than I knew possible. I have come to really love this about Christianity: the information is in-depth because it’s a proven part of history.
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My goal with the books I read in 2023 is to include more fiction for lightness and to improve my writing. I should probably do a little searching and make a plan for which titles would be good to crack open. (Any suggestions?)
How about you? Tell me about your all-time favorite book, which genre is your favorite – what do you even think about people who read? ;) are they strange, fascinating, not your type, or exactly your type?