While quality writing is important when judging a book, Christian books should meet an even higher standard. Because the canon of Scripture is the final authority for the revelation of God's truth, all other Christian writing is commentary. This means that all Christian writing should be judged against the standard of the Word of God.
David L. McKenna
Sometimes my memory is so bad that I will forget which books I have or have not read yet. Ha! So in order to keep that from happening again I keep a list of books I have read. Here are some of my favorites from 2013.
Surprised by Grace: God's Relentless Pursuit of Rebels by Tullian Tchividjian (story of Jonah told in a way that really made me look at the story in a new way)
Gospel Powered Parenting by William Farley (a wonderfully challenging book)
The Two Fears: Tremble Before God Alone by Chris Poblete (an amazing little book on learning to fear the Lord)
The Surprising Grace of Disappointment by John Koessler (I loved everything about it)
Fit to Burst by Rachel Jankovic (a great encouragement for moms)
The Godly Man's Picture by Thomas Watson (A Puritan Paperback filled with theological and practical treasure)
Women Living Well by Courtney Joseph (I am proud to say this book was written by my college roommate and dear friend plus it's a great book)
Give them Grace by Elyse Fitzpatrick (anther wonderful parenting book)
Glimpses of Grace by Gloria Furman (This is a gospel saturated book)
Here are two books I read with my kids and we all LOVED them. They are commentaries, but don't let that scare you. They are written in a very conversational style. The author takes her time and covers the entire book.
Herein is Love, Vol. 1 Genesis by Nancy Ganz
Herein is Love, Vol. 2 Exodus by Nancy Ganz
Master those books you have. Read them thoroughly. Bathe in them until they saturate you. Read and reread them, masticate and digest them. Let them go into your very self. Peruse a good book several times and make notes and analyses of it. A student will find that his mental constitution is more affected by one book thoroughly mastered than by twenty books he has merely skimmed. "