10 Books On My Reading List

One of my goals this year is to read 40 books. Currently, I’m reading about one book each week. I have way too many books that I want to read and there are so many good books out there to read. But I want to especially focus this year on reading great books.

Honestly, there are many things that can have influences, people are probably the biggest influence on other people, but books are too. At least that’s what I think.

I wish I could remember where I heard this, but I’ve heard that after reading 3 or more books on a certain subject, you will know more than the average person on that subject.  Now, I doubt this is statistically proven, and I don’t even know if I have my facts straight, but I do know that this is at least partly true. Books are great for learning.

That’s why I want to read more books this year. And, without any more rambling, I give you 10 of the best books on my reading list. Just keep in mind, they’re not in any particular order.

  1. When I Don’t Desire God by John Piper

  2. 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You by Tony Reinke

  3. The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul

  4. Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper

  5. Knowing God by J.I. Packer

  6. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

  7. Overcoming Sin and Temptation by John Owen

  8. Thoughts For Young Men by J.C. Ryle

  9. The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

  10. Shadow of The Almighty by Elisabeth Elliot


What books are you reading?

I would love to hear what books you’re reading (or want to read). Comment and share your thoughts!


15 thoughts on “10 Books On My Reading List

  1. janeann72

    HI Zach,
    Your grandma read your post to me. Don’t worry about the “3 books” and you will know more than the average person- it won’t take but a couple.

    Wow! nice resolve in your reading- very good stuff. I have a growing belief that God has chosen you for ministry. Keep reading! Every pastor must read.! The Apostle Paul said so! Check it out:
    (I Tm. 4:13) Modern translators add “reading of the Scriptures” but that is not part of the Greek text. They guess that from the context.
    Just read as much good stuff as you can and a lot of it will include Scriptures, of course.
    God has His holy hand on you man! Praise!

    Much love, Gramps

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  2. I loved Shadow of the Almighty, and C. S. Lewis will forever and always be a favorite. 🙂 This year I’m hoping to read some older books, Valley of the Vision and re-read Pilgrim’s Progress, and catch up on the current big ones, lile Ways Your Phone is Changing You.

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  3. My goal this year is 50, but I gave myself a sub-goal of reading AT LEAST 5 books that I own but have never read. I am SO BAD at that. I love buying new books and hear about a new one that sounds amazing and then it’s a bargain and, and… So my goal is to see how many books I can finish that I already own. NO MORE NEW BOOKS. Well, until I find a used book store with good bargains… lol A few on that list that might be of interest to you are “Finish” by Jon Acuff and “Finding God” by George MacDonald (I Think) My tastes are varied and eclectic though, I am not too picky 🙂

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  4. ashes2beautytrout

    This is a great list! My goal for this year is also 40 books. Mere Christianity is one of my favorites 🙂 Don’t Waste Your Life was good too, but I haven’t read it in forever so I don’t remember it super well.
    12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You is definitely on my list as well! I have heard so many good things about it.
    Thanks for sharing this, Zachary!

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  5. I want to read all of these! Right now I’m reading On Writing Well by William Zinsser and True Feelings by Carolyn Mahaney and Nichole Whitacre, among others. I read Don’t Waste Your Life last summer, and it was super impactful. The Screwtape Letters are on my future book list too.


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