Recently I heard someone say that we need go into 2022 not making resolutions but developing habits.
One action/habit that I have been challenged to make in this new year is to read more books. Not just to read more but to have an intentional plan for reading. While scrolling through Twitter the other day, I came across Scott & Becky Aniol’s G3 Reading Challenge 2022. https://g3min.org/readingchallenge2022/
Consider the following from their blog post:
Whether you’re a voracious reader, an occasional reader, or a wannabe reader, join us for the G3 Reading Challenge 2022. The goal with this challenge is not only to get Christians reading but also to stretch us all—as parents, pastors, parishoners—to read more widely. We hope these categories will motivate you to both complete some books you’ve been meaning to read and also venture into topics and genres that don’t normally make it onto your bookshelf. One thing is certain: You’ll be better for it.
Don’t think you have time to read 12 books? Audiobooks available through your local library or a subscription service will read to you while you drive or dry dishes. Also, statistics tell us that picking up a book instead of scrolling social media could allow the average American to read over 200 books a year! Consider doing the challenge with your spouse, a friend, or a church group to provide community and stimulate healthy conversation.
I’ve accepted the challenge and want to share the books I have chosen for 2022, with a few personal changes to the categories of books.
A Bible Reading Plan
The Lookout Bible Reading Plan (YouVersion Bible app)
Hymns Modern & Ancient
A Christian Biography (or autobiography)
Courageous Faith, Charles Stanley
Hudson Taylor and the China Inland Mission The Growth of a Work of God, Vol. 2
A Book about Culture
Christianity and Wokeness, Owen Strachan
A Puritan Paperback (or any book by a Puritan)
The Fountain of Life, John Flavel
A Book about Worship
Sing, Keith & Kristen Getty
A Book by an Inkling
Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis
A Book on Pastoring/Ministry
Elders in the Life of the Church, Matt Schmucker and Phil A. Newton
A Novel Written before 1922
David Copperfield , Charles Dickens (1849)
A Book about Gender or Sexuality
Love Thy Body, Nancy Pearcy
A Christian Classic You’ve Been Meaning to Read
God in the Whirlwind, David F. Wells
A Book on Prayer
Quiet Talks on Prayer, SD Gordon
Will you join me? My heart’s desire is to have several men come along for the ride this year so we can sharpen one another in our walk with Christ and life. What do you say, men? Choose your books, and let’s read and grow!!