2017 Reading List

I doubt that its best practice to start off 2018 with a 2017 list, but time ran out on me in 2017 (and I honestly didn’t think about it until a couple of days ago) My reading choices this year were not as robust due to a ministry transition and a move. I’ve included everything that I read for the first time or for the first time in a while and all of these books have been read all the way through. There is no particular order to this list, other than a general descending order from December to January. One of my goals for 2018 is to read more fiction, including some classics. Let me know what you think, I’m always up for coffee and conversation. Happy Reading in 2018.

End Game by David Baldicci

The Art of Loading Brush by Wendell Berry 

Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World by Stanley McChrystal 

Origins by Dan Brown

Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek 

Tribe of Mentors by Timothy Ferris

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Letters from a Stoic by Seneca

Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kendo

Beartown by Fredrick Backman

The Call by Adam Hamilton

Questions Preachers Ask: Essays in Honor of Thomas G. Long

Between the World and Me by Ta-nehisi Coates 

Pre-Post- Racial America by Sandhya Jha 

More Than Words by Erin Wathen

Night School by Lee Child

42 Faith: The Rest of the Jackie Robinson Story by Ed Henry

The Myth of Persecution by Candida Moss

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

What is the Bible? by Rob Bell

How to Survive a Shipwreck by Jonathan Martin

The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear by William Barber

Ally by Michael D. Oren 

The Road to Character by David Brooks 

Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Doyle

The One Thing by Gary Keller

For the Love by Jen Hatmaker

The Whistler by John Grisham

Option B: Sheryl Sandberg

The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the New Companies of Silicon Valley are Changing the World by Brad Stone

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Love Lives Here by Maria Goff

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

Life’s Too Short to Pretend You’re Not Religious by David Dark

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee



Cars Should Run On Electricity

This is a guest post by Bella Gulden, who wrote this two weeks ago for a 4th grade writing project. I found it to be a good word to share from a bright, up and coming writer (I am a little biased) She has something important to share with all of us. 

Cars should run on electricity. Then there could be less global warming, less chance of emergency, and most of all a better and cleaner future. Here are some answers to why cars should run on electricity.


One reason cars should run on electricity is it will make less global warming happen. Today cars are one of the most used mode of transportation. Cars use gas, so what’s the big deal? Well, when you are driving, the gas will wear away up into fumes. It floats up into the air to pollute cities and homes. Also, when you get an electric car, the Polar Bears will thank you deeply.

Another reason cars should run on electricity is that there could be less change of emergency. Gas is very flammable to people and animals, like those who set onions on fire at Chinese restaurants. I must say, that stuff is pretty cool. Never use water when there is a car crash, it can just make matters worse. If you are in a car crash remember that water is the enemy this time.

My last reason why cars should run on electricity is there can be a better and cleaner community. Gas can pollute millions of places in the world. Gas can pollute trees, wildlife, and rivers. Trees are the source to the air we inhale today and tomorrow. Rivers are the source of our water, but we are polluting them with water bottles and soda cans. Electric cars are clean with no polluting involved. Cars that run on electricity will help stop pollution. Electric cars could be the next big thing in our world. Even dogs are riding on skateboards.

Electricity can be clean and we can make it. Our supplies are unlimited to make electricity. Gas can come from dinosaur bones, which are extinct. Then we will run out of gas and have to use a different source to make cars keep going. There are cars today that use electricity, but there are more gas cars. Electric cars could change the outlook of the future. Here are all the reasons cars should run on electricity.