"We are quite persuaded that the very best way for you to be spending your leisure time is to be either reading or praying. You may get much instruction from books which afterwards you may use as a true weapon in your Lord and Master's service. Paul cries, Bring the books. Join in the cry."
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
John Piper says that weak theology makes for weak women. Amen! I would take his sentiment a step further and claim that shallow reading makes for shallow women.
One of the ways we add ballast to our soul is by reading hard books with deep biblical theology that causes us to squint and take a deep breath as we re-read the paragraph.
Theologically sound books build up our skeletal framework. And literature adds flesh to that skeleton. One is of no functional use without the other. So let us also read classic literature to ignite our imaginations and feed our longings for the Kingdom of God. (And let us ignore 99 percent of what is published these days, for our souls quickly wither on diets of saccharine tripe.)
To that end, I am sharing my reading plan for 2017. Some of them are re-reads, because I strongly believe that soul-shaping books offer treasures that can only be discovered through a steady re-acquaintance.
About the format:
My choices have been shaped by the fact that in January, I began coursework towards my Master's Degree in Classical Christian Studies. These studies requires a heavy load of its own accord, so I have tried to scale my "pleasure" reading accordingly.
Lord willing, I will update this list every quarter with the next 3 months' selections.
Note: My selections for 2017 do not imply that one must read only from the fields of theology, biography, or classic literature -- or risk the label of heretic. Rather, these happen to be areas that I love, but also areas in which I continually receive questions on how and what to read. Thus, I have chosen books for my own edification as well as to answer that question.
Mini-Book Reports: My desire is to post on this page a brief video summary to report on the reading I was able to accomplish during each month, and the ways in which I profited from that reading.