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My 2017 Reading List What is on your reading list for 2017?Every January, people talk about their resolutions and goals for the next year. I love seeing what others are planning. It is an exciting time of the year. Our motivation and energy is renewed and we look toward the coming year with excitement and insist that this year will be different, this will be the year I finally meet my goal(s).

We rarely meet all our goals, however. This can be discouraging and frustrating. It can make us feel like there really isn’t a point in making goals any longer. Many have become cynical and look with pity upon those who still, year after year, continue to push toward a goal but just can’t seem to quite make it.

Should we give up? Should we stop setting goals for ourselves? Have we learned nothing in our many failures? Is bitterness and cynicism the only thing we have waiting for us?

I say “no.” We set goals, but we may not complete them. We can let that set up in our spirit and make us crotchety or we can look at what we have learned in the process.

Maybe we need to make some adjustments to our end goal. Maybe we have learned a little more about ourselves that helps us modify our plan to reach our goal one day. Maybe we have changed and what we thought was our goal, is no longer something we care to reach for, so we make a new goal.

The child learning to walk doesn’t give up and just live her life on the floor after falling a few times. No. She has determination. She has gumption. She has grit. She has learned from her past falls and has modified her approach. Her muscles are strengthening and she is learning to keep her balance. She has dusted herself off and will soon be running.

“By perseverance the snail reached the ark.” ~ Charles Spurgeon Click To Tweet

My 2017 Reading List What is on your reading list for 2017?One of my goals every year is to read more. I am a very slow reader and, in the past, I have made many mistakes in reaching my goal to read more. One mistake, is not going into the year with a plan. Another mistake is going into the year with too big of a plan.

I have a friend who made it a goal to read 100 books in 2016 and she made it! What an amazing accomplishment! However, she is a very fast reader. I know I cannot read 100 books in a year and to make a plan to do so (at least at this point in my life) would be setting myself up for disaster. I wouldn’t make it and I would likely give up in a few weeks (or days). I know, for myself, I need to make a much more realistic goal.

This is my goal for this year. I am hoping to read 24 books this year. This still seems very challenging to my mind. However, one book I have actually already finished, another I will probably finish this week, and another I started before the new year. So, I already have a head start. Also, several of these books listed below are actually booklets so I should be able to finish them faster that a full book. It is my hope that I finish this list and have to add to it before the end of the year but I am setting a realistic goal for myself.

Below are the books I plan to read this year. There are a couple of other books I may read related to businesses I run that I have not included but they will likely be more used as reference books rather than reading cover to cover. I have included links for some of these books where you can get them for free or at a very low price.

You probably will notice that I mainly only list digital downloads. This is because I mainly read on the Kindle app on my iPad or iPhone. This is mainly because I have found digital downloads to be significantly more budget-friendly, more accessible, and quite the space-saver. I do still love the feel of the old-timey books but the convenience and savings have won me over.

As you can see, I have a lot of non-fiction, theology type books. This is what I truly enjoy reading. I do read the occasional fiction adventure but for the most part, Christian, non-fiction is my favorite genera.

Title Author Length Where to Find
Women of the Word Jen Wilkin 162 pages $7.53 at Amazon
The Attributes of God AW Pink 112 pages 99¢ at Amazon
Free at Chapel Library
Free at Monergism
God’s High Calling for Women John MacArthur 93 pages $4.61 at Amazon
The Sovereignty of God AW Pink 188 pages Free at Amazon
Free at Chapel Library
Free at Monergism
Ten Indictments Against the Modern Church Paul Washer 40 pages Free at Amazon
Free at Chapel Library
Free at Monergism
Triumphing Over Sinful Fear John Flavel 144 pages $4.99 at Amazon
All Things for Good Thomas Watson 105 pages 99¢ at Amazon
Free at Monergism
The Bible Charles Spurgeon 44 pages Free at Chapel Library
The Comforter Charles Spurgeon 20 pages Free at Chapel Library
Confidence in God in Times of Danger Alexander Carson 64 pages Free at Chapel Library
Directions for Profitable Hearing and Reading Richard Baxter 24 pages Free at Chapel Library
Free at Monergism
God’s Providence Charles Spurgeon 20 pages Free at Chapel Library
Free Grace Broadcaster: The Gospel Various 65 pages 99¢ at Amazon
Free at Chapel Library
Free Grace Broadcaster: The Holy Spirit Various   Free at Chapel Library
Free Grace Broadcaster: Hope Various 127 pages 99¢ at Amazon
Free at Chapel Library
Psalm 139 Charles Spurgeon 20 pages Free at Chapel Library
Free Grace Broadcaster: The Scripture Various 85 pages 99¢ at Amazon
Free at Chapel Library
Spurgeon Gems Charles Spurgeon 44 pages Free at Amazon
Free at Chapel Library
Spurgeon’s Prayers Personalized Charles Spurgeon   Free at Monergism
The Story of the Puritans Erroll Hulse 32 pages 99¢ at Amazon
Free at Chapel Library
Free at Monergism
Remedies for Division Among God’s People Thomas Brooks 20 pages 99¢ at Amazon
Free at Chapel Library
Everyone’s a Theologian RC Sproul 357 pages $8.99 at Amazon (Kindle)
$19 at Amazon (Hardcover)
$9 at Ligonier (digital)
$15.20 at Ligonier (hardcover)
How Shall I Approach God? Horatius Bonar 40 pages 99¢ at Amazon
Free at Chapel Library

I may not reach this goal this year but, regardless, I plan to read more and that is my ultimate goal.

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What are your reading goals for this year? What do you plan to read? What has been the best book you have read recently? What is on your reading list (other than the Bible) that will draw you closer to God this year?

My 2017 Reading List What is on your reading list for 2017?

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