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Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge Update

We're halfway through the year, so I thought it was time I posted an update on the Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge to let you know how I'm coming along. The truth is, I'm way behind. I've only read four titles so far, putting me nine books behind at this point. My reading efforts have gone slowly this spring. I don't know if it's because of the titles I've chosen - too long, too deep, (in some cases) too boring - but I can't seem to get ahead.

Anyway, below in green are the titles I've read so far for this challenge, and in pink are the titles I've changed from my original list. I also need to change the letter Z as I haven't been able to find Zacchaeus in any library in Canada, and I don't want to order it from Amazon where the only reviewer of the book to date has given it only two stars.
All In: You are One Decision Away From a Totally Different Life
Mark Batterson
The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It
Peter Enns
Cold-case Christianity: a Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels
Wallace J. Warner
Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In: Lessons from an Extraordinary Life
Louis Zamperini
Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey  from North Korea to Freedom in the West
Blaine Harden
Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit
Francis Chan
Girl Meets God
Lauren F. Winner
How Christianity Changed the World
Alvin J. Schmidt
If I Had Lunch with C.S. Lewis: Exploring the Ideas of C.S. Lewis on the Meaning of Life
Alister McGrath
Joni & Ken: an Untold Love Story
Ken Tada
Kisses from Katie: a Story of Relentless Love and Redemption
Katie J. Davis
Living in the Spirit: Drawing Us to God, Sending Us to the World
George O. Wood
Miracles from Heaven: a Little Girl, Her Journey to Heaven, and Her Amazing Story of Healing
Christy Beam
Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence
Jonathan Sacks
One Simple Act: Discovering the Power of Generosity
Debbie Macomber
Put on the Armour of Light
Catherine MacDonald
Quiet Strength: the Principles, Practices and Priorities of a Winning Life
Tony Dungy
Reverend Mother’s Daughter: a Real Life Story
Mary Haskett
Jim Cymbala
Too Busy Not to Pray: Slowing Down to Be with God
Bill Hybels
Unstoppable: the Incredible Power of Faith in Action
Nic Vujicic
Visioneering: God’s Blueprint for Developing and Maintaining Personal Vision
Andy Stanley
Why We’re Not Emergent
Kevin DeYoung
Edith Wharton
Your Own Jesus: a God Insistent on Making it Personal
Mark Hall
Zacchaeus: When God Stopped By
Patty Froese


  1. If some of the books are too long and boring, then I don't think it's wrong to set them aside and pick up something more interesting.


    1. True. Which is why I actually didn't finish 'How Christianity Changed the World'. It had the potential to be interesting and, in some respects, was. But it read too much like a dissertation.


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