Monday, December 19, 2011

My 2012 Book Reading List

Before we dive into the list, I wanted to share the benefit I've seen in planning my reading in this format.  Thinking critically about the books I want to read throughout a year helps me keep a more balanced reading portfolio.  If I did not plan my reading ahead of time, but merely read books as they crossed my path, I probably would read the same category of book again and again.  Planning ahead with my reading helps me read in a variety of areas, with the hopeful goal that I can grow in all areas of my life.

Without further ado, my 2012 reading list in alphabetical order:

Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure by Tim Harford
Life Category: Occupation
Admit it.  The title alone makes you want to read it.  How can success always start with failure?  I'm excited to find out.

The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing: Everything You Need to Know to Write, Publish, Promote and Sell Your Own Book by Marilyn Ross and Sue Collier
Life Category: Writing
I'm not sure if I would even want to be a professional writer, but exploring the topic will hopefully shed some light on that potential desire.

The E-myth Revisited: Why Most Small Business Don't Work and What to do About It by Michael E Gerber
Life Category: Future
Like the above book, I'm not sure if I would ever want to be an entrepreneur or small business owner, but exploring the topic will hopefully shed some light on that potential desire.

Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck- Why Some Thrive Despite Them All by Jim Collins and Morten Hansen
Life Category: Occupation
I have yet to read a book by Jim Collins that didn't impress me.  Hopefully this continues the trend.

Holy Bible: English Standard Version, Black Original, Journaling Bible by God
Life Category: Everything
I'll be reading this one consistently and constantly throughout the whole year.  Just sayin'.

How and When to Tell Your Kids About Sex: A Lifelong Approach to Shaping Your Child's Sexual Character by Stan and Brenna Jones
Life Category: Raising Boys
I don't think I can overstate the importance of getting this topic right with my kids.

Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives by Richard Swenson
Life Category: Family
I realize 'Family' is a weird category for this book, but Brittany read this book and really enjoyed it, so I'm reading it to continue meaningful discussions with my lovely wife.

Revolution in World Missions by KP Yohannan
Life Category: Evangelism
I've had this book on my shelf for a few years and it recently caught my eye.  Anything that can push me toward greater personal boldness in sharing my faith is exactly what I need.

Saving for Retirement Without Living Like a Pauper Or Winning the Lottery‎ by Gail MarksJarvis
Life Category: Retirement
My head spins when people start talking about investing for retirement.  I'm hoping this helps me get my mind around IRAs, mutual funds, etc.  (At the same time I want to keep a Biblical perspective on retiring.)

Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewishness of Jesus Can Transform Your Faith by Ann Spangler
Life Category: Disciple-making
This is a Bill Allison recommendation.  It's been on my list for a few years.  Should be good.

T4T: A Discipleship Re-Revolution by Steve Smith and Ying Kai
Life Category: Church Planting Movements
This should be a great follow up to Church Planting Movements and continue to push me towards making disciples like Jesus and planting churches like the apostles.

Where's God on Monday?: Integrating Faith and Work Every Day of the Week by Alistair Mackenzie and Wayne Kirkland
Life Category: ReRead
I read this book several years ago and remember really enjoying it.  Here's to another time.

Still Looking for: A one-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln.
Life Category: History
It was so inspiring to read about Winston Churchill this year that I want to do the same thing with another historical figure.  I just need to find a book first.

If you actually read my through this whole list, thanks!  Care to join me reading any of these?  I'd love to get together and discuss them if you do!


  1. Pheaney! Great list. I actually have this biography of Lincoln on my 2012 reading list. You've probably stumbled across it since you've been "looking for" one, but here it is anyways:

    It doesn't seem fancy or flashy (not that either of those would appeal to you) but seems to have a breadth and depth to it and some pretty decent reviews from what I've seen. mediocre minds think alike.

  2. Josh- Thanks for the find... I actually haven't done much research for a bio, so if none others come up that looks like a good one.

    Hope we can run into each other this Christmas season!