September: 100 in 2016

51. North! or Be Eaten (Audio) by Andrew Peterson
52. Dolphin Adventure by Wayne Grover
53. Telling the Truth by Frederick Buechner
54. Habits of Grace by David Mathis
55. The Monster in the H0llows (Audio) by Andrew Peterson
56. Christian the Lion by Anthony Bourke and John Rendall
57. The Warden and the Wolf King (Audio) by Andrew Peterson

This month’s reading list was filled with Read-alouds and audio books. Although, I did get a chance to finish up a few books that I started during the Summer. I’m trying to get back on track after a busy summer of camps, mission trips, and staying on the move.

Only 43 more books to read in 4 months. That’s a pretty daunting task.

July/August 100 in 2016

100 in 2016

41. Bandersnatch Diana Pavlac Glyer
42. Imagination Redeemed Gene Edward Veith and Matthew P. Ristuccia
43. Slow Church C. Christopher Smith and John Pattison
44. The Dungeoneers John David Anderson
45. The BFG Roald Dahl
46. Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl N. D. Wilson
47. The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers Amy Hollingsworth
48. Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus Barbara Park
49. Reading for the Common Good C. Christopher Smith
50. James and the Giant Peach Roald Dahl

April 100 in 2016

100 in 2016

30. The War of Art Steven Pressfield
31. The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic Jennifer Trafton
32. Steal Like an Artist Austin Kleon
33. Turning Pro Steven Pressfield
34. Outlaws of Time: The Legend of Sam Miracle N. D. Wilson
35. The Story of Dr. Dolittle Hugh Lofting
36. Discipling Mark Dever

February 100 in 2016

100 in 2016

19. Family Worship Donald S. Whitney
20. The Princess and the Goblin George MacDonald
21. The Fault in Our Stars John Green
22. Caught Up in a Story Sarah Clarkson
23. The Compelling Community Mark Dever and Jamie Dunlop
24. Black Flags Joby Warrick
25. The Light at Tern Rock Julia L. Sauer

#12 – a book for homeschool

100 in 2016

No Children No PetsNo Chidren, No Pets by Marion Holland

One of my great thrills in life is being able to read to my children. I am hoping that my children like it, too. So far they do.

Our oldest son is homeschooled this year, and our curriculum is heavy on reading aloud. This is great it gives us structure to sit down and read through a variety of different books. If it would up to me I would read Narnia again and again. Which would not be a bad thing, but we would miss little gems like this one.

This book follows Jane her brother Don, and their four yer old sister Betsy along with their mom to Florida because they inherited an apartment complex there. Their first impression of the place is a sign that says, “No Children. No Pets.” This is rather unfortunate since they also brought along their cat, Victoria.

The children mostly try to stay out of the way of the senior tenants who they believe do not want them around. The children have a few adventures and try fix what is broken around the apartment. Along the way they make several friends and even solve a few mysteries that have been lingering around the apartment for a while.

This is a wholesome story that you could read with your family.  It reminds me a little of The Boxcar Children, which is also worth your time.



#11 – a book published by Banner of Truth

100 in 2016

The MinistryThe Ministry by Charles Brown

This short volume is from an address that Charles Brown was asked to give on the subject of pastoral ministry. The briefness of this book is a strength. You can read it in a few sittings, and then get back to what he is prompting you to be about in your pastoral ministry – prayer and preaching.

Biographer Iain Murray writes in his introduction that “Brown would remind us that there is such a thing as preaching with the Holy Spirit sent down from heaven. Christ can give such men again: men of doctrinal earnestness, catholic spirit, tender hearts, and abiding prayerfulness. Such messengers, touched with a ‘live coal from the altar’, have been the means of resurrection and revival within the churches. And only then can the church be the means of awakening the world that sleeps.”

Practically, I found a section on public prayers very helpful. There is no length of time that is too long when you are praying in private, but in public lengthy prayers can become a hindrance and not a help. He writes of Robert Bruce of Edinburgh saying, “He was very short in prayer when others were present, but every sentence was like a strong bolt shot up to heaven (pg. 27).” 

Much time in private prayers leads to powerful public prayers that neither tie people down to memorized prayers or put people to sleep with lengthy and extemporaneous prayers.

The rest of the volume is filled with practical and devotional advice for preaching and caring for the church. It will be one to return to again and again.

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