Some Plans for 2017

I haven’t been writing very much, and when I’ve written, it has only been book reviews.  It’s not that I haven’t wanted to write.  It’s that I have been too busy to write.

I plan on doing some actual writing on the blog this year (but don’t hold me too it when life gets busy).  I probably will not write too many book reviews, but I will be writing about some books that cause me to think deeply and sharing some of my thoughts on these books.  That’s really what I always meant my blog to be, but it just got a little twisted and turned over the past few years.

One of the things I’m going to be doing over this year is completing the 2017 Reading Challenge at Tim Challies’ Website.  When I saw it, I felt like it would help me do two things.  (1) I plan on using it to diversify my reading (2) I also plan on going through some of the Kindle books that I’ve been accumulating on my Kindle and reading them. So, when I use a book for the challenge, I’m going to try and make sure that I look for a book on my Kindle before I purchase a new book.

I read 170 books this year according to my Goodreads account, so I’ll be attempting to do the 104 book Obsessed Reader plan, but if I don’t get completely finished, I’ll be okay with that.

In that spirit, I have chosen my first thirteen books that make up the Light Reader Plan that he recommends starting with.

I will no longer be providing Amazon affiliate links on my blog because I don’t want anyone to think I’m trying to sell them something, but all of the books that I’m referencing tonight I have either purchased on my Kindle or have pre-ordered from Amazon.

  1. A biography: Rich Mullins: An Arrow Pointing to Heaven by James Bryan Smith
  2. A Classic Novel: Ben-Hur: A Tale of Christ by Lewis Wallace
  3. A Book About History: America’s Hidden History  by Kenneth C Davis (I liked the idea of reading this book because it doesn’t tell the big tales of history, but tells of some of the people and situations that aren’t as famous.)
  4. A Book Targeted at Your Gender: Becoming a Woman of Beauty and Strength by Elizabeth George (This one is her book about Esther.)
  5. A Book About Theology: Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
  6. A Book with at Least 400 Pages: A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
  7. A Book Your Pastor Recommends: And Then They Prayed by Barry Loudermilk
  8. A Book About Christian Living: Let. It. Go. by Karen Ehman
  9. A Book More Than 100 Years Old: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  10. A Book Published in 2017: Different: The Story of an Outside-the-Box Kid and the Mom Who Loved Him by Sally Clarkson
  11. A Book for Children and Teens: Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  12. A Book of Your Choice: Teaching from Rest by Sarah Mackenzie (I read the original edition of this one a couple of years ago, and I want to read the expanded new edition.)
  13. A Book About a Current Issue: A Heart for Freedom by Chai Ling (This is a book about a Chinese survivor of the Tiananmen Square protests and her quest to free Chinese Daughters.)

Those are my first thirteen choices for this year.  There are several on this list that I am really excited about, and I’m looking forward to sharing the journey through them, probably starting with A Dance with Dragons since my current read is A Feast for Crows.

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