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The 2017 Reading Challenge Begins

Now that the new year is here, I’m well underway with mapping out the books I’m excited about reading in 2017. I found last year’s choices enriching and enlarging (read that post here) and I’m looking forward to maintaining that wide variety and varied diet in the year to come. Below are the first five books I’m diving into in January (I doubt I’ll have time to review them all).

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

I thoroughly enjoyed this latest work from J.K. Rowling when it lit up the silver screen. I’m not entirely sure how I’ll fare given that her screenwriting debut has been presented through this hardcover in movie-script style (complete with stage directions, scene numbers, etc), but I’m looking forward to taking the images that I’ve already seen and adding further vibrancy to them with the new colours that the book will bring.

Being There

Buying this book a few months ago, I’ve since seen it appear on quite a few “best books of 2016” lists. The best way to convey my interest in this book is to point you to the video of Dave and Gloria Furman as they discuss their life as it pertains to this book. Also on my to-read shelf at the moment is Gloria’s Missional Motherhood, which I’ll get to later this year.

The Temple and the Tabernacle

With over fifty full colour diagrams, photos, schematics, drawings, artworks, and other visually stunning resources to help the reader get a better understanding of the significant dwelling places of God throughout the history of Israel, this looks like the most exciting, educational read on the structures that feature so prominently in the Bible that I’ve ever seen.

Theologically rich, wonderfully informative, and (at first glance) easy to flick through or dive into, I’m really looking forward to this.

You and Me Forever

I’m trying to mix in a book on marriage | parenting | family every few books this year, and this is the first one off the blocks for 2017. I quickly grew to love Chan. First via YouTube, then with Crazy Love. His ability to communicate life-altering truths so effortlessly and memorably is winsome, and I’ve always loved the way he’s taken what I thought I knew and flipped it around. Like this quote from the back cover:

“Jesus was right. We have it all backwards. The way to have a great marriage is by not focusing on marriage.

100 Cupboards

Along with On The Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness (the first book in the Wingfeather Saga, which I’m really digging right now) book #1 of the 100 Cupboards series looks like it’s going to be a fantastic read, making enjoyable brain-candy for those times when I feel like reading something a little lighter.

The last interesting thing about these first five books is that they’re all paperbacks. I won’t be bringing out the Kindle until after I’ve made my way through these first few; but while my bag might be a little bit heavier for a few weeks, the truth is I actually like it that way.

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