Unshelved ~ What I Read in April (2018)

Abraham Lincoln once indicated, “A capacity, and taste, for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others.”  There is much to learn and much to know, and while not all people do not need all knowledge, books give us access to insights that can translate into practical wisdom. Therefore, reading can cause us to grow, challenge us to learn, and create a passion for life.
Reading should be more than a chore, but instead, an enjoyable event that is incorporated into our daily activities. And while books alone do not have the capacity to generate wisdom, they can be used by God to guide and direct us towards that wisdom for the purposes of building Christlikeness.
In hopes of spurring others to read, I enjoy sharing what I read with others and hope that perhaps the reading list will generate some ideas for others about what to read. So here’s a look at the 12 books that I read in April (click on the links to see more details about the book):

Expositions on the Epistle of James:
As I work through a study on the book of James, here are some of the commentaries I looked at (a mention of them here does not necessarily mean I fully endorse them, but that I consulted them for research).


Expositions of Scripture:
  • The Farewell Discourse and Final Prayer of Jesus by D.A. Carson: A deep and tremendous exposition on John 14-17 (you can read my review of the book here).
  • High King of Heaven Edited by John MacArthur: Scholars expound upon varying texts in order to exalt Jesus Christ. Another very good read (read my review of the book here).
  • Echoes of Exodus by Alastair Roberts and Andrew Wilson: Seeing the Exodus throughout Scripture, Roberts and Wilson seek a biblical theology based upon the event (read my review of the book here).

Expositions of History:
The historical biographies and references from this past month.
  • Dodge City by Tom Clavin: An intriguing book about the exploits of the old west.
  • The American Spirit by David McCullough: While needing to overlook some of the secular reasoning in this series of essays, there are some great thoughts in here. As a general rule, if David McCullough writes it, then the people should read it.
  • Belgrano by Diego Valenzuela & Mercedes Sanguineti: This book is in Spanish and gives a historical account of Belgrano, a man who had great influence on the development of Argentina.
  • Laughs, Luck, & Lucy by Jess Oppenheimer: An inside look into Lucille Ball and the I Love Lucy show. While enjoying Lucille Ball, I did not find this book as enjoyable and would urge readers to search out other biographies.

Expositions of Fiction
Nothing spectacular here, just a continuation of some of my favorite mystery authors. This month included Clive Cussler and Louise Penney.
So here’s what I read this month, what about you? Even more important, what’s your plan for the upcoming month?