Review: CSB Worldview Study Bible

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*** I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ***

The CSB Worldview Study Bible is a interesting addition to the study Bible market. Instead of helping the reader interpret and understand the text, this Bible contains articles throughout that address issues of our day from a biblical perspective with the goal of helping Christians understand what the Bible says on these topics.

Physical Features:

I received the navy leathertouch version. This Bible is very nice to look at and hold. The cover is a deep blue, soft to the touch, and very flexible while not “floppy.” The page edges are silver. This is just personal preference, but I love silver pages edges on Bibles, especially with the blue cover. The “Bible serif” font is used, which is very readable. The Bible has two ribbons, one ivory and one navy. For a study Bible, it feels relatively small – it has the same dimensions as the Spurgeon study Bible but is thinner. This is a study Bible that could be carried to church or Bible study pretty easily.

Content:

Most of the books have a 2-page introduction spread that gives the reader the book’s background, the circumstances of the book’s writing, the book’s structure, what the book contributes to the Bible, what the book teaches about God, humanity, and salvation, and a timeline to help the reader see where the book fits in biblical history. The essays throughout the Bible touch on a variety of topics, including other religions, creationism, gender identity, abortion, work, etc. The Bible contains a concordance.

My thoughts:

I’m a little torn on this Bible, to be honest. In some places, this Bible excels. The essays on different religions are extremely useful in a time when the “religious other” is often our next door neighbor. The book intros are very helpful while being concise and easy to read. I was happy to see the number of women contributors to this Bible, and very happy that the women’s essays weren’t only about marriage and family concerns.

However, the Bible doesn’t really hit that ideal of representing a Christian worldview. Instead, it represents a conservative complementarian worldview while giving more than one option for other ideas. For example, there is an essay from an old earth creationism viewpoint and an essay from a young earth creationism viewpoint, but all the articles that talk about gender roles assume a complementarian understanding of the Bible. Assuming complementarianism as part of a Christian worldview seems dishonest to me, given how many denominations do not hold to complementarianism.

This is an excellent Bible for those who hold to a complementarian theology, but egalitarians may want to see one in person before making a purchasing choice. Overall, I like the Bible – I just wish it was more inclusive of differing understandings within the church.

This Bible is available at Lifeway, Christian Book Distributors, and Amazon.

 

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Review: Offworld

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Robin Parrish
370 pages. Bethany House Publishers. $18.91 on Amazon.

From Amazon: The return of NASA’s first manned mission to Mars was supposed to be a momentous day. But when the crew loses touch with ground control before entry, things look bleak. Safe after a treacherous landing, the crew emerges to discover the unthinkable–every man, woman, child, and animal has vanished without a trace. Alone now on their home planet, the crew sets out to discover where everyone has gone–and how to get them back–only to discover they may not be as alone as they thought.

Offworld is based on a pretty interesting premise – what would you do if everyone on the planet disappeared? Unfortunately, as the book progressed I found the scenarios the main characters found themselves in to be more and more unbelievable and fake-feeling, even thought thoroughly explained at the end. While book is intended to be a Christian sci-fi book, there really isn’t a religious element to the book until the very end, and then it feels forced and out of place. It was an interesting enough story that I read it in two days, but the book pushed suspension of disbelief to the breaking point.

★★

Review: Jesus the Evangelist

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by Richard D. Phillips
185 pages. Reformation Trust Publishing. $15.98 on Amazon.

This book is exactly what the subtitle says it is – a book that teaches about evangelism by looking at some of Jesus’ encounters in the book of John. Specifically, Phillips looks at Jesus and John the Baptist, Jesus and Nicodemus, and Jesus and the woman at the well. There aren’t many strategies for evangelism in this book, it’s more of a theology of evangelism – what the basics of Christianity are, why we need to share all of them with unbelievers, what our attitude in evangelism should be, etc. The final chapter is about the sovereignty of God and evangelism.

It took me a while to get into this book. I’m not sure why, maybe because the information in the first section of the book felt really basic. I just didn’t really find myself pulled into this one until the chapters on the woman at the well. Then the book really came alive for me. The chapter on evangelism and the sovereignty of God really helped me, too. This is a great book for new Christians, but a bit less helpful for older Christians.

★★★

Review: CSB Great and Small Bible

DSCN0369**I received this book for free from the publisher for the purpose of a review. My review and opinions are my own.**

CSB Great and Small Bible: A Keepsake Bible for Babies
B & H Kids. 1184 pages.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when this Bible arrived. I got it because I have a toddler and this Bible is so cute, with it’s giraffe and bird on the front cover. Full disclosure, the giraffe sold me because my toddler loves all things giraffe. Here’s my thoughts upon opening the box it was shipped in:

  • Hmm, small Bible.
  • How cute! Love the animals on the cover.
  • Oh, there’s animal pictures throughout the Bible. Adorable!
  • Oh my, the animal sections open up to a fill in the blank, baby book style format. Neat!

This is a full CSB Bible with section throughout the Bible for remembering baby’s milestones. Each section has a picture with a small and large animal. It is red letter, has one white ribbon, and has some study helps in the back, like a list of Jesus’ parables and messianic prophecies. The Bible itself isn’t large – for the sake of reference, this is a picture of the Great and DSCN0376Small Bible on top of my CSB large print ultrathin Bible. Both Bibles are about the same thickness, but the Great and Small Bible is much smaller overall. The small size means that the print is small, probably too small for some people to comfortably read, which is the biggest problem with this Bible.

 

I really like this idea of incorporating a baby book into a keepsake Bible, and I think Holman did a good job with it. I highly recommend this Bible. It would make a great gift for expecting or new parents.

You can buy this Bible from Lifeway, Amazon, or CBD.

★★★★★

Review: River Rising

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River Rising by Athol Dickson.
303 pages. Bethany House Publishers. $3.99 on Amazon Kindle.

Synopsis from Goodreads: In 1927 Louisiana, Rev. Hale Poser arrives in the bayous of Pilotville, looking for his roots. In the swamp beyond the cypress lies a lingering evil. For years it slept in dreadful isolation. Now comes Hale Poser, and it will sleep no more.

My review: River Rising is a hard book to read. It deals with topics such as slavery, racism, pride, faith, and doubt. Harsh but period-appropriate language is used in the book, which some readers may find offensive but which adds a sense of realism and horror to the book. That said, it is also a very good book. It is a little more focused on internal dialogue and thought than on action than I like, so I had a hard time getting into it at first, but once I got used to Dickson’s writing style I flew through the rest of it. Recommended for fans of Christian fiction.

★★★★

Review: A Grief Observed

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A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis
76 pages. HarperOne. $11.17 on Amazon.

This short book is a collection of writings from Lewis’ journals that he kept after his wife died. If you’re looking for a book on the theology of grief, or a comforting book about loss, this is not that book. Lewis’ writing is raw, painful, and at times offensive (like when he, in a fit of new grief late at night, writes of God as spiteful, the Cosmic Sadist). However, if you have also traveled the path of deep suffering, his words will seem very familiar. He gives voice to thoughts that many of us have had but few of us have spoken – is God good? Really? Then why is there so much pain and so few answers? Why, in our desperate need, do we find “a door slammed in your face, and a sound of bolting and double bolting on the inside”? Lewis asks tough questions, shakes his fist at the heavens, finds his faith to be lacking, wishes his wife would come back – all experiences that will be recognizable to those who have grieved deeply. There is some bad theology in this book, but it’s worth reading anyway.

★★★★

Review: If You Only Knew

34228639**I received this book for free from the publisher through Netgalley. My review and opinions are my own.**

If You Only Knew: My Unlikely, Unavoidable Story of Becoming Free
by Jamie Ivey
B & H Books. 240 pages. $13.76 on Amazon.

Many of us have, at some point, thought “if this person knew who I really was, they wouldn’t speak to me again.” This book is for us.

Jamie Ivey writes about her past openly and honestly, and follows every part of her story with how the the gospel frees us to be honest, vulnerable people. It’s a gospel-soaked book and a joy to read. I don’t tend to like books that rely heavily on the author’s life to talk about Jesus, but the way this book is written makes it different from other story-heavy books.

The only reason I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 is that I wish it had been written to a broader audience. Yes, Ivey is a woman – but that doesn’t mean her book has to be written directly to women. Men can also identify with feeling this way, and while a woman’s specific sins and struggles may not directly relate, men should be able to work out situations in their lives where they have struggled with something similar (just like women who have struggled with completely different things will have to do).

★★★★

Review: Kiss the Wave

51CTr+KcmBL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_**I received this book for free from the publisher through Netgalley. My review and opinions are my own.**

 Kiss the Wave by Dave Furman
160 pages. Crossway. $14.99 on Amazon.

“I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of Ages.” -C. H. Spurgeon

Kiss the Wave is a book about suffering. Every Christian will eventually face some form of suffering – illness, loss, difficult circumstances, etc – which is why there are so many books about suffering on the market. So the question always is, should someone read this book on suffering? I would say yes.

Furman writes this book as someone who has faced intense suffering. He suffers from a nerve problem that leaves him in pain and unable to use his arms much. He writes openly and honestly about both the sins and miseries he has experienced as a result of his pain, which is helpful. 

The book is packed with the gospel. He writes about Jesus and the hope found in him on every page. His argument is two sided – that suffering guides us into deeper relationship with and dependence on God, and that only Jesus can give us the comfort we need in suffering. The book is also full of Scripture, guiding the reader back to the Bible in every chapter.

Kiss the Wave is also very short, only 160 pages. I finished it over two days and about 2 hours of reading. While this means that it doesn’t say everything that can be said on the topic, short books can be very helpful for people in pain who may not have much of an attention span.

Kiss the Wave is a wonderful book – pastorally sensitive, gentle, always pointing to the gospel and the hope that can only be found in Jesus Christ. Highly recommended.

★★★★★

2018 – The Year of the Kindle

Over the years, I’ve developed a terrible habit – I buy Kindle books but never read them. In my defense, how can you pass on buying a book for $3.99 or less when the paperback costs three or more times than much? Kindle Unlimited has not helped, either. So this year, I’m going to read through my Kindle. My list of unread Kindle books is long (and, let’s be honest, will probably be added to this year), so I’m not going to say I’ll read all of them, just as many as I can.

Progress: 41/240

Here’s a list of the unread books on my Kindle:

  1. Glorious Ruin
  2. Jude: A Novel
  3. John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine, Doxology
  4. Younger Restlesser Reformeder: A Good-Natured Roast
  5. The Girl Who Could See
  6. Stuff Christians Like
  7. Don’t Make Me Count to Three!
  8. The Christian in Complete Armour
  9. The Freedom of Self Forgetfulness
  10. Living for God’s Glory: An Introduction to Calvinism
  11. The Everlasting Man: Complete and Unabridged
  12. Words Spoken True: A Novel
  13. The Silent Banshee
  14. What Happens When I Die?
  15. Silverlock
  16. Nearing Home: Life, Faith, and Finishing Well
  17. Back on Murder
  18. Offworld
  19. Orthodoxy
  20. Containment
  21. Varieties of Religious Experience
  22. The Sovereignty of God
  23. On The Incarnation
  24. The Breakers Series: Books 1-3
  25. Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life
  26. Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel of the American Church
  27. Songs in the Key of Solomon: In the Word and In the Mood
  28. Running Scared: Fear, Worry, and the God of Rest
  29. The Pilgrim’s Progress
  30. The Pursuit of God
  31. Lord, Teach Us To Pray
  32. The Practice of the Presence of God
  33. The Confessions of St. Augustine
  34. Heretics
  35. Selected Sermons of Jonathan Edwards
  36. What’s Wrong with the World
  37. Jesus, the One and Only
  38. The Truest Thing about You: Identity, Desire, and Why It All Matters
  39. Sola Scriptura: The Protestant Position on the Bible
  40. The Doctrine of Justification
  41. Freedom of the Will
  42. How People Change
  43. The Storytelling God: Seeing the Glory of Jesus in His Parables
  44. Sojourner Songs
  45. Favor: Finding Life at the Center of God’s Affection
  46. How the Gospel Brings Us All the Way Home
  47. Putting Jesus in His Place: The Case for the Deity of Christ
  48. The Scriptures Testify about Me: Jesus and the Gospel in the Old Testament
  49. Alone With God: Rediscovering the Power and Passion of Prayer
  50. Anxious for Nothing: God’s Cure for the Cares of Your Soul
  51. From Heaven He Came and Sought Her
  52. The Final Days of Jesus
  53. Surprised by Grace: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebels
  54. The Work of Christ: What the Events of Jesus’ Life Mean for You
  55. Christian Classics: Six books by Charles Spurgeon in a single collection
  56. Understanding Scripture: An Overview of the Bible’s Origin, Reliability, and Meaning
  57. Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud : Relapse and the Symptoms of Sobriety
  58. The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way
  59. Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary
  60. Jesus the Evangelist: Learning to Share the Gospel from the Book of John
  61. Magnifying God in Christ: A Summary of New Testament Theology
  62. Lectures on Calvinism
  63. Surprised by Suffering: The Role of Pain and Death in The Christian Life
  64. Jesus on Every Page: 10 Simple Ways to Seek and Find Christ in the Old Testament
  65. Code Breakers: Alpha
  66. Maternal Harbor
  67. Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room: Daily Family Devotions for Advent
  68. Potter’s Freedom
  69. Good News for Weary Women
  70. Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds
  71. Truth in a Culture of Doubt: Engaging Skeptical Challenges to the Bible
  72. Gospel Formed
  73. Twelve What Abouts: Answering Common Objections Concerning God’s Sovereignty in Election
  74. Christ and Culture Revisited
  75. Covenantal Apologetics: Principles and Practice in Defense of Our Faith
  76. The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything
  77. Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus
  78. The Gagging of God: Christianity Confronts Pluralism
  79. Grieving: Our Path Back to Peace
  80. A Grief Observed
  81. The Life List: A Novel
  82. Infinite Jest
  83. Show Them Jesus: Teaching the Gospel to Kids
  84. A God of Many Understandings
  85. Jesus and the Gospels
  86. Mary–Another Redeemer?
  87. The Girl With All the Gifts
  88. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
  89. The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue
  90. Redeeming Mathematics: A God-Centered Approach
  91. Dying to Read
  92. Strange Fire: The Danger of Offending the Holy Spirit with Counterfeit Worship
  93. By His Wounds You are Healed: How the Message of Ephesians Transforms a Woman’s Identity
  94. Understanding the Times: New Testament Studies in the 21st Century
  95. Alive in Him: How Being Embraced by the Love of Christ Changes Everything
  96. God’s Glory Alone—The Majestic Heart of Christian Faith and Life
  97. The Band that Played On: The Extraordinary Story of the 8 Musicians Who Went Down With the Titanic
  98. God-Breathed: The Undeniable Power and Reliability of Scripture
  99. Searching for Adam: Genesis & the Truth About Man’s Origin
  100. The Majesty of Mystery: Celebrating the Glory of an Incomprehensible God
  101. Help My Unbelief: Why Doubt Is Not the Enemy of Faith
  102. Drawn by the Father
  103. Running on Empty: The Gospel for Women in Ministry
  104. The Gospel Commission: Recovering God’s Strategy for Making Disciples
  105. Union with Christ: The Way to Know and Enjoy God
  106. The Person of Jesus: Radio Addresses on the Deity of the Savior
  107. The Cross of Christ
  108. Heroes and Monsters: An Honest Look at What It Means to Be Human
  109. The Insanity of God: A True Story of Faith Resurrected
  110. Saving the Saved
  111. Case for Christ/Case for Faith Compilation
  112. Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl: Wide-Eyed Wonder in God’s Spoken Word
  113. Their Rock Is Not Like Our Rock: A Theology of Religions
  114. Humility: The Beauty of Holiness
  115. Boring: Finding an Extraordinary God in an Ordinary Life
  116. The Lord of the Ring: In Search of Count von Zinzendorf
  117. True Community
  118. Surprised by Oxford
  119. Gulag: A History
  120. The Insanity of Obedience: Walking with Jesus in Tough Places
  121. The San Francisco Earthquake: A Minute-by-Minute Account of the 1906 Disaster
  122. Taking Hold of God: Reformed and Puritan Perspectives on Prayer
  123. How to Read the Bible through the Jesus Lens
  124. Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God
  125. Breaking Free: Discover the Victory of Total Surrender
  126. Beginning at Moses: A Guide to Finding Christ in the Old Testament
  127. The Professor and the Madman
  128. God So Loved, He Gave: Entering the Movement of Divine Generosity
  129. Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership
  130. The Girl Empress
  131. The Lost History of Christianity
  132. Preaching Christ in All of Scripture
  133. Death by Living: Life Is Meant to Be Spent
  134. Unoffendable: How Just One Change Can Make All of Life Better
  135. The Gender Secret
  136. Broken Trust: A Practical Guide to Identify and Recover from Toxic Faith, Toxic Church, and Spiritual Abuse
  137. How to Battle Depression and Suicidal Thoughts
  138. Kiss the Wave
  139. Jesus the Lord According to Paul the Apostle
  140. Alone
  141. In Every Moment We Are Still Alive
  142. The Gospel According to Star Wars
  143. Introducing Practical Theology
  144. If You Only Knew
  145. Christian Women in the Patristic World
  146. Steal Away Home
  147. In Search of Ancient Roots
  148. God-Soaked Life
  149. Revelation (Reformed Expository Commentary)
  150. The Sermon on the Mount and Human Flourishing
  151. The Christ of Wisdom
  152. The Legacy of Luther
  153. They Both Die at the End
  154. No Little Women: Equipping All Women in the Household of God
  155. The Girl Under the Olive Tree
  156. One Pink Line
  157. Wives of War
  158. Unlimited Grace: The Heart Chemistry that Frees from Sin and Fuels the Christian Life
  159. Naked Side Hugs: Homeschool Assassins, Sharks, and the Search for Jesus’ Drummer
  160. Coming Clean: A Story of Faith
  161. Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah Moore: Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist
  162. The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America
  163. American Jezebel: The Uncommon Life of Anne Hutchison, the Women who Defied the Puritans
  164. Good as Gone: A Novel of Suspense
  165. Lucky: How the Kingdom Comes to Unlikely People
  166. We Were Liars
  167. Salt to the Sea
  168. Death Takes a Ride
  169. Seven Women: And the Secret of their Greatness
  170. The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith
  171. The Hiding Place
  172. You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One)
  173. June Bug
  174. The Offering
  175. White Rose, Black Forest
  176. Exalting Jesus in Mark
  177. The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
  178. Reamde
  179. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
  180. A Place for Weakness: Preparing Yourself for Suffering
  181. The Psalter Reclaimed: Praying and Praising with the Psalms
  182. A Theology of Biblical Counseling
  183. One Day in December
  184. A Theology of Mark’s Gospel
  185. Rejoicing in Lament: Wrestling with Incurable Cancer and Life in Christ
  186. Losing Our Virtue: Why the Church Must Recover Its Moral Values
  187. Above All Earthly Pow’rs: Christ in a Postmodern World
  188. God’s Glory in Salvation through Judgment
  189. The Erosion of Inerrancy in Evangelicalism
  190. Passport through Darkness: A True Story of Danger and Second Chances
  191. If We Make It Home
  192. River Rising
  193. Sin in the Second City
  194. The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women
  195. The Hardest Peace: Expecting Grace in the Midst of Life’s Hard
  196. Restless: Because You Were Made for More
  197. A Life Intercepted
  198. The Misadventures of Maude March
  199. Through Gates of Splendor
  200. The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple
  201. The Air We Breathe
  202. When You Disappeared
  203. From Weakness to Strength: 8 Vulnerabilities That Can Bring Out the Best in Your Leadership
  204. Holiness by Grace: Delighting in the Joy That Is Our Strength
  205. January Black
  206. Why Everything Matters: The Gospel in Ecclesiastes
  207. Mended: Pieces of a Life Made Whole
  208. To Live is Christ, to Die is Gain
  209. The Gospel-Driven Life
  210. Morning and Evening
  211. 100 Bible Verses Everyone Should Know by Heart
  212. An Infinite Journey: Growing toward Christlikeness
  213. The Prayer That Turns the World Upside Down: The Lord’s Prayer as a Manifesto for Revolution
  214. Supernatural Power for Everyday People: Experiencing God’s Extraordinary Spirit in Your Ordinary Life
  215. Apricots and Wolfsbane
  216. Bold Reformer: Celebrating the Gospel-Centered Convictions of Martin Luther
  217. The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World
  218. Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality
  219. Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes
  220. Long Way Gone
  221. Can You See Anything Now?
  222. Death Comes for the Deconstructionist
  223. Gospel Amnesia: Forgetting the Goodness of the News
  224. Gray Mountain
  225. Help, Thanks, Wow: Three Essential Prayers
  226. Blood River: The Terrifying Journey through the World’s Most Dangerous Country
  227. The Horse Whisperer
  228. The Making of an Atheist: How Immorality Leads to Unbelief
  229. The Light of the Fireflies
  230. A River in Darkness: One Man’s Escape from North Korea
  231. A Simple Way to Pray
  232. Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town
  233. The Other Side of Infamy: My Journey through Pearl Harbor and the World of War
  234. Openness Unhindered: Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert on Sexual Identity and Union with Christ
  235. The Community of God: A Theology of the Church from a Reluctant Pastor
  236. Suffering and Sovereignty: John Flavel and the Puritans on Afflictive Providence
  237. Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel
  238. The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible
  239. Preaching to a Post-Everything World: Crafting Biblical Sermons that Connect with Our Culture
  240. An Approach to Extended Memorization of Scripture 

2018 Christian Reading Challenge

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The Challies’ Christian Reading Challenge is back for 2018! I participated in this challenge this year for the first time (only a couple more books to go!) and it is so much fun that I’m already looking forward to the 2018 challenge!

Like last year, I will not be going through the lists one at a time but will take the whole list (104 books) for my challenge. I am once again giving my official number of 52 books, although I’d like to finish the whole list. I will update this post with titles and links to the books I’ve read. Because so many of the categories dovetail nicely with my personal Kindle challenge, I’m going to mark Kindle books with a (K).

The Light Reader

✔ 1. a biography – John Knox and the Reformation
✔ 2. a book about Christian living – A Long Obedience in the Same Direction
✔ 3. a book published in 2018 – Kiss the Wave (K)
✔ 4. a book by an author who is no longer alive – A Grief Observed (K)
✔ 5. a novel – River Rising (K)
✔ 6. a book for teens or young adults – The Gender Secret (K)
_ 7. a book more than 100 years old
_ 8. a book targeted at the opposite gender
_ 9. a book your best friend recommends
_ 10. a book with at least 400 pages
✔ 11. a book of your choice – An Approach to Extended Memorization of Scripture (K)
_ 12. a book about theology
_ 13. a book about current events

The Avid Reader

✔ 14. a book about Christian living – If You Only Knew (K)
✔ 15. a book of 100 pages or less – How to Battle Depression and Suicidal Thoughts (K)
_ 16. a book about the early church
_ 17. a book with a picture of the author on the cover
_ 18. a book on the current New York Times list of bestsellers
_ 19. a book written by a Puritan
_ 20. a book by or about a pastor
✔ 21. a book of your choice – Apricots and Wolfsbane (K)
_ 22. a commentary on a book of the Bible
_ 23. a book about theology
✔ 24. a book that won a prize – Fever 1793
✔ 25. a book you have borrowed – Blue Asylum
_ 26. a book about Christian history

The Committed Reader

✔ 27. a novel by an author you have never read before – If We Make It Home (K)
✔ 28. a book based on a true story – The Finest Hours (K)
✔ 29. a book by a female author – January Black (K)
_ 30. a play
✔ 31. a humorous book – Naked Side Hugs (K)
✔ 32. a self-improvement book – Daring Greatly
_ 33. a book about prayer
_ 34. a graphic novel
_ 35. a book about Christian living
_ 36. a book from a theological viewpoint you disagree with
_ 37. a book by or about a politician
_ 38. a classic novel
✔ 39. a book with a two-word title – Maternal Harbor (K)
✔ 40. a book by a male author – Replay
✔ 41. a book you’re pretty sure you won’t like – When You Disappeared (K)
✔ 42. a book of your choice – The Silent Banshee (K)
_ 43. a book about theology
_ 44. a memoir or autobiography
_ 45. a book about Christian living
_ 46. a book published by Christian Focus
_ 47. a book of poetry
_ 48. a book targeted at your gender
✔ 49. a book of your choice – One Day in December (K)
_ 50. a book about Christian living
_ 51. a book by R.C. Sproul
_ 52. a book of your choice

The Obsessed Reader

✔ 53. a book you read in the past 3 years – If We Were Villains
✔ 54. a book of your choice – All Our Wrong Todays
_ 55. a book by your favorite author
_ 56. a book about science
_ 57. a book written in the 19th century
_ 58. a book about Christian living
_ 59. a book by or about a martyr
_ 60. a book about history
_ 61. a book by or about a world leader
_ 62. a book on the ECPA bestseller list
_ 63. a book published by P&R Publications
_ 64. a book about a book of the Bible
_ 65. a book about war
✔ 66. a book about heaven – What Happens When I Die?
✔ 67. a book from a library – The Girl Who Could See (K)
_ 68. a book about relationships
✔ 69. a novel for young adults – Cinder
✔ 70. a book of your choice – The Friday Night Knitting Club
_ 71. a book about Christian living
_ 72. a book about history
_ 73. a book used as a seminary textbook
✔ 74. a book of your choice – They Both Die at the End (K)
_ 75. a book about church history
_ 76. a book by a Southern Baptist
✔ 77. a book by an author who is still alive – Dying to Read (K)
✔ 78. a book for children or teens – How to Bath Your Little Dinosaur
_ 79. a book about the church
_ 80. a book about business
✔ 81. a novel longer than 300 pages – The Undoing of Saint Silvanus
_ 82. a book about leadership
✔ 83. a book you have read before – The Imperfect Disciple
✔ 84. a book by Jerry Bridges – The Fruitful Life
_ 85. a book with a great cover
_ 86. a book by a Puritan 
_ 87. a book about animals
_ 88. a book about theology
_ 89. a book of comics
_ 90. a book by Albert Mohler
_ 91. a book about the Bible
_ 92. a book about theology
_ 93. a biography of a Christian
✔ 94. a Christian novel – Vanished
_ 95. a photo essay book
_ 96. a book about Holiness or sanctification
✔ 97. a book about the Bible – Asking the Right Questions
_ 98. a book of your choice
_ 99. a book about money or finance
_ 100. a book you’ve always wanted to read but haven’t
_ 101. a book recommended by a friend
_ 102. a book about church history
_ 103. a book by a speaker from Together For The Gospel 
_ 104. a book your pastor recommends