Unshelved ~ What I Read in April (2017)

I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book. ~ Groucho Marx
While I certainly don’t follow Marx’s thoughts fully because I like certain shows (especially some of my sports shows) rarely do I sit down without a book in hand. Capturing a few minutes here or a few minutes there allows me to read over 100 books a year. Certainly not everyone can do this, and yet, we should all be encouraged to read. My hope is that this list will encourage you to read, whether it be some of the books on this list or to seek out your own.
This month was a bit busy and thus my reading lagged, until a couple of 10 hour bus rides allowed me to catch up. So here is what I read in April (this is only a list of what I completed and doesn’t include those books that are in process):
  • The Trellis and the Vine by Colin Marshall and Tony Payne: Recommended reading several years ago, I only recently picked it up and am now looking forward to the sequel, The Vine Project. Teaching and discipleship is lacking in our churches, and Marshall & Payne expound on those as an objective for the church.
  • Reset by David Murray: An incredible book about burnout, particularly ministry burnout. I highly recommend it. You can read my review of the book here. And be sure to check out Murray’s Reset Resources page.
  • Truth by Randy Alcorn: Written as a devotional, truth utilizes Scripture readings and quotes to prompt a greater love for God’s truth, thus being life-equipped. A review of this book is forthcoming.
  • Kierkegaard: A Single Life by Stephen Backhouse: Few know about the life of Soren Kierkegaard despite being familiar with his writings. Blackhouse enlightens readers about his life through 200 pages of an engaging biographical sketch. You can read my review of this book here.
  • The Battle of Seattle by Douglas Bond: Being from Washington State, I had to read this book of historical fiction by Douglas Bond. Bond utilizes the story to present some interesting concepts for readers to think about in race relations.
  • The Most Beautiful Libraries in the World by Jacques Bosser and Guillaume de Laubier: As a bibliophile, why not pick up a photographic essay book on the most beautiful libraries in the world? There are some fabulous gems that most probably don’t know exist. My one complaint with this book? It set an unreasonable goal for me: to travel to see all of these libraries in person.
  • Silent Sea, The Jungle, and Mirage by Clive Cussler: These are three separate books by Clive Cussler as part of his Oregon Files (he has several other series as well). I’ve confessed before my enjoyment of mysteries and I enjoy the plot twists in these and so I’m working my way through all of The Oregon Files (12 books in all, counting one to be released this year). The story follows the crew of the Oregon, a group of mercenaries working together against highly sophisticated criminals, usually on jobs on behalf of the CIA, but not always.
  • Archie 100 Page Comics Spree: I don’t read many comics. When I do, it’s usually as part of a reading challenge. As a child my dad used to bring me home comics which is how I was introduced to the Archie series. I’m not sure why, but on extremely rare occasions I will pick one up and quickly read through it for something I don’t have to spend much energy thinking through.
Reading is a delightful pastime, but it also serves the purpose of fostering learning and creativity.
So what have you read this month? What are you going to read next month? Feel free to us the Contact Me page at the top request some suggestions or offer up some of your own that I should read.
Photo “Reading Room, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress” courtesy of user Matthew and Heather and Flickr.