On My Bookshelf

I have a growing stack of books on my bookshelf. It is getting so out of control that it is stressing me out and causing me to avoid reading all together. (I know that makes no sense, but sometimes I don’t make sense.) I continue to buy books that friends recommend, get freebies in the mail, and pick up titles that look interesting at work. All of which add to my problem. My book problem. Seriously, I have all these books in my queue right now. (Don’t judge me.)

One Thousand Gifts (Ann Voskamp) – This one I have started (and sometimes starting is half the battle). So far I have been stunned by Ann’s insight, honesty, and way with words.

The Next Christians (Gabe Lyons) I am fascinated by the conversations about what is next for Christianity. Fascinated.

Margin (Richard A. Swenson, M.D.) I bought this book two years ago. Still haven’t found enough space to read it. And over the last couple of weeks I have heard 3 people recommend it. (Sometimes God’s nudging is not very subtle.)

Bonhoeffer (Eric Metaxas) I’m a little scared by the shear size of this tome but I have heard NOTHING but good things about this New York Times bestseller.

From Head to Foot (Annie Downs) I heart Annie Downs. Not sure I know anyone with as much exuberance and WOO (well, maybe Bianca, but it is a close call). I can’t wait to hear she has to say about offering your whole self to the Lord. Plus, I so admire the story of Annie’s persistence in bringing her dream to reality.

Advertising Headlines that Make You Rich (David Garfinkel) Michael Hyatt suggested this one. And what kind of idiot doesn’t read the books her boss suggests? Pretty sure that once I finish it I will have to go back and rename this blog post.

When You Reach Me (Rebecca Stead) Reading this with some girls at work. It’s the only fiction on my list and it’s actually written for young adults, which will suit me just fine.

Radical (David Platt) Just ordered this one today, because everyone is talking about it and frankly I am sick of not being able to add value the conversation.

Curious. What is on your bookshelf right now?

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  • kevindeshazo

    Going through Next Christians as well. Fascinating is right. Hoping to get Bonhoeffer for Christmas. The book, of course, not his corpse. Dang, it's too early for morbid comments. Reading Linchpin as well, by Godin.

    • (Whisper) Don't tell anyone but I couldn't get through Linchpin. I love the idea behind it. I just thought the book was a slow read.

  • moweezle

    I was just given a book called Cutting For Stone, which takes place in a mission hospital in Ethiopia. I'm only about 1/4 way through, but so far so good 🙂
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  • Tom Jamieson

    I have David Platt's Radical, Steven Furtick's Sun Stand Still, and Max Lucado's Out Live Your Life in the queue right now. Just finished John Maxwell's Everyone Communicates, Few Connect, which was incredible. Great post!
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    • I've heard great things about Sun Stand Still and of course, Outlive Your Life.

  • Just finished Passion Is Not Enough by Greg Darley
    Reading: The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
    Sun Stand Still by Steven Furtick
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  • BobMathews

    You're right; that stack of books is out of control, but probably no more out of control than most folks. Here are just a few titles in my stack: The Match (Susan Whitman Helfgot), To Busy Not to Pray (Bill Hybels — reading it again), The Unexpected Adventure (Lee Strobel & Mark Mittelberg), and The Case for the Real Jesus (Lee Strobel). Wonder if it's significant that everything there is over a year old except The Match? (And yes, I've HAD them for over a year too — unread, except for the Hybels book.)
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  • I just finished Under the Overpass by Mike Yankowski and it was great!

    Currently Reading: Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell and The Principle of Path by Andy Stanley

    In Waiting: Radical by David Platt and Jon Acuff's new book Gazelles, Baby Steps, And 37 Other Things Dave Ramsey Taught Me About Debt

    Bonhoeffer was great by the way!
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  • I can’t wait to read Annie’s book. I adore her, so her book is way up on my list. I go to Brook Hills – where David Platt is pastor, so not only have I read Radical, but I have been living it as a church and a family. It’s SO GOOD. Also go to radicalthebook.com and radicalexperiment.org for more info/resources… Ann Voskamp could write directions on how to brush your teeth and it would be incredible. She’s amazing. And I’m very interested in Margin, too. God seems to be nudging me quite a lot about that topic as well.

    Thanks for your list!

  • I’ve been reading Joseph Hallinan’s “Why We Make Mistakes.” It just jumped out at me with its bright orange cover, and it is fascinating. All about why we look without seeing, miss the point, and forget everything.

  • I've got a bookshelf at work that I use for a running "to read" list and it keeps growing!

    Father Fiction by Donald Miller
    In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day by Mark Batterson
    The Next Level by Scott Eblin
    Gazelles, Baby Steps and 37 Other Things Dave Ramsey Taught Me About Debt by Jon Acuff

    Just to name a few! 🙂
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  • Unfortunately I share your dilemma. Not only do I have a stack of books, I have several waiting to be read on my Kindle. Sometimes it is so paralyzing! I'm on staff at my church so most of what I'm reading right now is related to my job. I'm reading:

    Leading from the Second Chair (Love it!) by Mike Bonem
    Ethnic Blends by Mark DeYmaz
    Cracking Your Church's Culture Code by Samuel Chand

    Up next:
    Faithful by Kim Cash Tate
    @stickyjesus by Tami Heim and Toni Birdsong
    The Grace of God by Andy Stanley

    I just completed Radical–awesome and thought provoking book.

  • allisonroberts

    Currently reading "The Me I Want To Be" by John Ortberg.

  • michelencindy

    Also a book hound, love books. Currently reading Charles Stanley's "Finding Peace: God's Promise of a Life Free From Regret, Anxiety, and Fear."

  • Reading Right Now:
    To Be Told, Allender (amazing)

    Next in line:
    From Head to Foot, Downs (she just shipped it out)

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  • randleman

    Ha! What's on my shelf…? Right now have about 65 books "in queue". I have some good ones that I'm really looking forward to: Decision Points by George W Bush, The Hole In Our Gospel, Plan B, and numerous others. I have several history books to read as well: The Bulletproof George Washington, The Brave Boys Of Derry, Dred Scott's Revenge.

    Not to mention, BookSneeze, NavPress, and a few other publishers that I review/blog for.

    Lots to read!

  • Kurt W

    Lindsey… I have the same issue! And the stack grows everyday because, how easy is it to justify buying a new book when you are an Amazon Prime member and get free two day shipping!!!! AAAAHHHH… Well, my list will be a bit slanted towards a research paper I am writing on Jesus' teaching on Nonviolence as well as some thoughts on theistic evolution, with a bit of church ministry 🙂

    Ministry Books:

    AND: The Church Gathered and Scattered; Halter and Smay
    The Shaping of Things to Come: Innovation and Mission for the 21st Century; Frost and Hirsh
    The Naked Anabaptist: The Bare Essentials of Radical Faith; Stuart Murray


    Covenant of Peace: the Missing Peace in New Testament Theology and Ethics; Swartley
    The Politics of Jesus; John Howard Yoder
    The Powers that Be; Walter Wink
    Apocalypse and Allegiance: Worship, Politics, and Devotion in the Book of Revelation; J. Nelson Kraybill
    What About Hitler: Wrestling with Jesus's Call to Nonviolence in an Evil World

    Evolution and Faith:

    I Love Jesus and I Accept Evolution; Lamoureux
    Coming to Peace with Science; Falk
    The Lost World of Genesis One; Walton

    Misc Theology:

    Four Views on Moving Beyond the Bible to Theology

    Ok, Ok. I know. Lots of books and maybe not tons of time to get it all done. But, if I want to ever finish my term papers and finish writing a book proposal I am working on… I am gonna have plenty of long nights of read and writing ahead of me.

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  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, Great Expectations–before Oprah Suggested it. Seriously. :), The Pilgrimage book from Thomas Nelson's Ancient Practices Series, Radical, and The Psalms in the King James at the advice of Kathleen Norris
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  • dheagle93

    You've got two in your queue I finished this year: Radical and Bonhoeffer. Radical is challenging, but Bonhoeffer really affected me more, about being Christian in a society that thinks it already has enough of God.

    My list? Backed up: a Booksneeze book (not even sure which one), a couple of ministry books, and a ton of stuff on my Kindle. Too many, to be exact, because I just stare at the list and then go read my RSS feeds!

  • Richard Rohr's The Enneagram, the Bonhoeffer biography, two Read-Along books, a few library books, and a few on Christian counseling and prayer.
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  • Snow Day by Billy Coffey, Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman, Plan B by Pete Wilson, The Executive and the Elephant by Richard Daft, The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard, Good to Great by Jim Collins, The Pusuit of God by A.W. Tozer, and Flight to Heaven by Dale Black.

    I have a lot of reading to do…
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  • Radical is on my nightstand waiting to be read. I'm currently reading The Me I Want to Be by John Ortberg.
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  • So many books and so little time. Books to note on my shelf are:

    -Under the Overpass: A Journey of Faith on the Streets of America by Mike Yankoski (Multnomah)
    -Keep Your Greek: Strategies for Busy People by Constantine R. Campbell (Zondervan)
    -Commentaries on Genesis 1-3 (Ancient Christian Texts) (InterVarsity Press)
    -The Essential Bible Companion to the Psalms: Key Insights for Reading God's Word (Zondervan)
    -Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics vy Graeme Goldsworthy (InterVarsity Press)

    I always look forward to the winters in Minnesota when I can get so much more reading done.
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  • I suppose this could be classified as an occupational hazard for you, huh? 🙂

    Right now I'm making my way through Timothy Keller's "Generous Justice" and it's doing a number on my heart. It probably has something to do with how I'm wired, but as good as Platt's "Radical" is, I actually prefer Keller's more biblically and historically contextualized take on "doing justice". It's incredible.
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  • Amy

    I recently finished reading Leading Across Cultures: Effective Ministry and Mission in the Global Church by James E Plueddamann which I would recommend for anyone involved in missions or cross-cultural work.

    I am with you all as far as having a lot of books waiting to be read like…
    I am Hutterite, God Planted Five Seeds, Hello I Love You, The Mission of Motherhood, and finishing The Good News We Almost Forgot.
    I also have a bunch of books waiting on my Kindle too.

    I would like to read One Thousand Gifts and Bonhoeffer from your list. I have read Margin and Radical, both are worth reading.

  • i just bought Radical after waiting for weeks, and after having read the first chapter and following a read-a-long on the book.

    I am reading Lies the Government Told You by Andrew Napolitano. I got it through the Book Sneeze website, for review.

    I have Bonhoeffer's the Cost of Discipleship, Dave Kinnaman and Gabe Lyon's unChristian and Andy Stanley's Visioneering. These are all in progress reads.

    I am reading Clive Cussler's Blue Gold as the token fiction. and for historical perspective on my personal politics, I am reading Hal Draper's The Two Souls of Socialism.

    All in all, a diverse mix of ideas and formats. I have eBooks, print books and a self-created PDF. and one I am reading online: Jimmy Spencer's Love Without Agenda.

    I'm looking forward to read The Next Christians by Lyons and Your Secret Name by Kary Oberbrunner.

  • Currently on my bookshelf:
    – Breakout Churches (Thom Rainer)
    – Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage (Alfred Lansing)
    – Guerilla Lovers (Vince Antonucci)
    – The Irregulars (Jennet Conant)
    – Lost and Found (Ed Stetzer)
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  • I am lot like you. I have a lot of books on my reading shelf too.

    A few are:

    Plan B
    High Impact Boards
    The Summit
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  • I like your list, Lindsey…

    On my shelf, in between other stuff

    Billy Coffey's Snow Day
    Ian Strachan's Today In a Manger
    Tammy Maltby's The Christmas Kitchen
    Watch For The Light by Orbis Books

    I read David Platt's book for the same reason just a couple months ago too… 🙂 at a bookstore one afternoon (!)
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  • coveredinhisdust

    Well it's comforting to know that there is someone else who has had books on their shelf for a year or more that haven't been read. I see books in the store and think, I definitely want to read that and then buy it, bring it home, and then don't read it. Inevitably I will get to it at some point thanks to some Holy Spirit nudging and that's okay. It's all a timing thing anyway. I know I'm supposed to read this, I just don't know when. Ha!

    I've read Radical and was so blown away by it! I am just cracking open Brennan Manning's The Signature of Jesus…mind you it's been on my shelf unread now for probably close to three years or so. But I guess it's time. The title kept catching my eye on the shelf. 😉

  • Glad I'm not the only one with a pile of books waiting to be read. Currently I'm reading Radical by David Platt and Slave by John MacArthur.

    Here's what's on my pile waiting to be read:
    – The Christian Atheist by Craig Groeschel
    – Scouting the Divine by Margaret Feinberg
    – A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller
    – How Now Shall We Live? by Charles Colson
    – Captured By Grace by David Jeremiah
    – Chasing Daylight by Erwin McManus
    – Vintage Jesus by Mark Driscoll
    – Deep Church by Jim Belcher
    – Seven Practices of Effective Ministry by Andy Stanley
    – The Principle of the Path by Andy Stanley
    – Too Small to Ignore by Wess Stafford
    – Parenting Beyond Your Capacity by Reggie Joiner
    – Doctrine by Mark Driscoll
    – He Who Honors Me by Mike Kim
    – Once an Arafat Man by Tass Saada
    – Everyone Communicates, Few Connect by John Maxwell

  • I've got quite the eclectic mix but am thankful to know that it's often daunting to see that shelf and continue to find great books to add to it, while not really taking any away. I've got The Case for Christ, The Ragamuffin Gospel, The Autobiography of Henry VIII, The Jesus I Never Knew, Mary Called Magdalene, and What's So Liberal About the Liberal Arts?
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  • GailJo

    I'm a multi reader too. I always have 5 or more books on the go, a pile of books yet to be read and a shelf of two of books worthy of a second or third read. I don't waste time on books that don't appeal to me or I find difficult to read. No matter how many people recommend the Boundaries books or how wonderful the content is, I just can't handle the very analytical writing style. So I was very pleased to discover that even your boss doesn't waste time reading books that don't grab him.
    If it doesn't grab your attention in the first chapter, stop reading, give it away and go onto something else.

    Life is too short to read boring books!

  • Jasonjjohnson91

    Lindsey where do i first begin. While reading your article on “on my bookshelf” it made me think you were writing about me. If you would ask anyone who really knows me they will tell you i could start a public library out of my home. I can never find the time i so trully desire to sit down and read like i so desperately want to. I was happy to know that im not alone in this addiction to books. I love bio’s History, theology, I must find time to minister to those who need me, and yet find time to read. being single is nice, but some day GOD can bring a strong christian sister into my life to help me with the so many area’s in giving back. which will give me the adequate time for more reading and studying but will add more responsebilit’s to my life. ok im going on a tangent now thank you for your story, I loved it. jason jay johnson.

  • Jasonjjohnson91

    O ya does any one have any book shelves for sale? ha ha ha lol Im running out of room the floor is going to have to do, lol ha ha ha