Nathan Schneider


Books From 2016

What I’ve Read in 2016:

(Favorites from 2016 are in bold.)

  1. Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
  2. Pilgrim’s Regress by C.S. Lewis
  3. Development Through the Lifespan by Laura Berk
  4. The China Study by Colin and Thomas Campbell
  5. Prayer by Tim Keller
  6. Understanding Sexual Identity by Mark Yarhouse
  7. Servant Evangelism by Alvin Reid and David Wheeler
  8. Radical Together by David Platt
  9. Here I Stand: Martin Luther by Roland Bainton
  10. Great Commission, Great Compassion by Paul Borthwick
  11. Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero
  12. The Death of Death in the Death of Christ by John Owen
  13. When the Darkness will Not Lift by John Piper
  14. Baptist in America by Thomas Kidd
  15. The Heart of Leadership by Mark Miller
  16. True North by Mark Liederbach and Seth Bible
  17. Do More Better by Tim Challies
  18. Family Worship by Donald Whitney
  19. The Mission Minded Child by Ann Dunagan
  20. Learning to Invest by Matt Schoenfeld
  21. TED Talks by Chris Anderson
  22. The Missional Leader by Roxburgh and Romanuk
  23. Shaped by God’s Heart by Milfred Minatrea
  24. Great by Choice by Jim Collins
  25. Amazing Grace by Eric Metaxas
  26. Giving Up Gimmicks by Brian Cosby
  27. Hudson Taylor by Hudson Taylor
  28. 21 Great Leaders by Pat Williams
  29. Everything You Wanted to Know About God (Jesus Edition) by Metaxas
  30. Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  31. Gospel-Centered Youth Ministry by Cole and Nielson
  32. 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin
  33. Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer
  34. The Printer and the Preacher by Randy Petersen
  35. Linchpin by Seth Godin
  36. Embattled Rebel by James McPherson
  37. Lead Small by Reggie Joiner
  38. The Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni
  39. The Secret of Teams by Mark Miller
  40. Accelerate by John Kotter
  41. The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni

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What I’ve Read in 2015

What I’ve Read in 2015:

The books that I would especially recommend are in bold.

  1. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  2. Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis
  3. The Be-With Factor by Bo Boshers
  4. Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxes
  5. The Art of Neighboring by Jay Pathak
  6. Start with Why by Simon Sinek
  7. Knowing God by J. I. Packer
  8. Finally Free by Heath Lambert
  9. Augustine as Mentor by Edward Smither
  10. Get Out by Alvin Reid and Josh Reid
  11. Provocations by Soren Kierkegaard
  12. Connecting Church and Home by Tim Kimmel
  13. Jesus Continued by J. D. Greear
  14. His Excellency by Joseph Ellis
  15. Enemies of the Heart by Andy Stanley
  16. First Family by Joseph Ellis
  17. An Approach to Extended Memorization of Scripture by Andrew Davis
  18. To Live is Christ, To Die is Gain by Matt Chandler
  19. Commentary on Philippians by John Calvin
  20. Effective Parenting in a Defective World by Chip Ingram
  21. The Christian’s Great Interest by William Guthrie
  22. Philippians by Moises Silva
  23. What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality? by Kevin DeYoung
  24. Tech-Savvy Parenting by Brian Housman
  25. Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp
  26. The Meaning of Marriage by Tim and Kathy Keller
  27. The Go-Getter by Peter Kyne
  28. Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
  29. Strong Father, Strong Daughters by Meg Meeker
  30. Family Ministry Field Guide by Timothy Paul Jones
  31. Possessed by God by David Peterson
  32. Simply Good News by N. T. Wright
  33. Parents in Pain by John White
  34. Theology: The Basic Readings by Alister McGrath
  35. Speaking to Teenagers by Doug Fields and Duffy Robbins
  36. Anointed Expository Preaching by Stephen and David Olford
  37. Excellence by Andreas Kostenberger
  38. The Conviction to Lead by Al Mohler
  39. The Marriage Clinic by John Gottman
  40. Courageous Leadership by Bill Hybels
  41. The Space Between by Walt Mueller
  42. Is God Anti-Gay? by Sam Allberry
  43. The Teenage Brain by Frances Jenson
  44. Age of Opportunity by Paul Tripp
  45. Help! I’m a Student Leader by Doug Fields
  46. Overcoming Sin and Temptation by John Owen
  47. Food by Jim Gaffigan
  48. The Brain Maker by David Perlmutter
  49. H3 Leadership by Brad Lomenick
  50. Gospel-Powered Parenting by William Farley
  51. The Hole in Our Holiness by Kevin DeYoung
  52. The Achievement Habit by Bernard Roth
  53. 7 Family Ministry Essentials by Anthony and Marshman
  54. The Release of the Spirit by Watchman Nee
  55. Sexual Detox by Tim Challies
  56. Christian Formation by Estep and Kim
  57. Sex is Not the Problem (Lust Is) by Joshua Harris
  58. Strategic Disciple Making by Aubrey Malphurs
  59. Biblical Foundations for Baptist Churches by John Hammett
  60. Children Matter by May, Posterski, Stonehouse, and Cannell
  61. Answering the Call by Ken Gire
  62. The Dangerous Duty of Delight by John Piper
  63. Gospel Families by Jonathan Williams
  64. Soren Kierkegaard by Joakim Garff
  65. Christian Beliefs by Wayne Grudem
  66. Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan
  67. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
  68. What’s Best Next? by Matt Perman
  69. Onward by Russell Moore

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My Top 5 Reads of 2015

How do you pick just five books?

Books are great for various reasons, but this list consist of those that had the greatest impact on me in 2015, especially the first three. The last two were both published in the last couple of years (Gospel Families in 2015) and should be considered top resources for families.

Provocations by Soren Kierkegaard

I’ve read a few books that I return to more than others because of their content and the pleasure of reading them. This book will be one. Kierkegaard writes as one who holds nothing back, but rather writes as if everything were in his journal. Provocations is convicting and hopeful for the Christian. Read it slowly (as if you had a choice)!

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

This book is another reason to say that sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction. The story of Louis Zamperini is riveting and captured so well in Laura Hillenbrand’s writing. I couldn’t put the book down until I finished. As captivating as his early life and wartime experiences were, the last couple of chapters were my favorite! I couldn’t recommend this book enough.

Knowing God by J. I. Packer

There’s a reason this book consistently shows up on “Books Every Christian Should Read” lists. I will be reading this one again.

Finally Free by Heath Lambert

Great resource for men in their call to live in purity. Very helpful. Lambert is both practical and theological. Both are necessary in the fight for purity.

Gospel Families by Jonathan Williams

A great read with a necessary perspective: that families make disciples and disciples reach the nations. Practical suggestions for what it looks like to apply the gospel to your family and to live out a gospel presence in your community.

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Recommended Resource: ApParent Privilege

This week, I want to recommend ApParent Privilege by Steve Wright. The book is a short, easy read, but full of practical advice for parents who want to see their children develop spiritually.41t6Yv8vo1L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_

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Parents have the greatest privilege of their lives literally in front of them everyday: their children. Pointing their children to Christ, modeling faith, encouraging with words, and showing unfailing love isn t a burden. It’s a privilege. Apparent Privilege will arm parents with biblical understanding and up-to-the-minute research to show them the unparalleled opportunity they have to be the primary influence of their children. It will give parents a biblical view of parenting, answer questions and concerns we all have, and help them understand how Christian parenting must become more than taking your children to church. In short, this book will equip a parent live a life where the difference is apparent.

Steve currently serves as Pastor of Discipleship and Church Planting at Family Church in West Palm Beach, FL. He has formally served as a pastor to students and families. His experience and understanding of Scripture has led him to place significant emphasis on the family for discipleship. He names seven ways that parents can nurture faith in the home:

1. Family Worship

2. Praying as a Family

3. Serving as a Family

4. Passage Trips

5. Journaling

6.  Journey days

7. Family dinnertime

He says this about the need for a home to be distinctly Christian, especially through Family Worship:

If a casual observer were to visit our homes, what practice would he or she see that is distinctly “Christian”? In many families today there is little noticeable difference between the home lives of Christians and the home lives of the unchurched. It should make us wonder what traditions and habits we are passing down to our children. It is my conviction that children need to see dad and mom leading in the study of God’s Word, sincere in their prayer life, and faithfully pointing to eternity. The Christian home has lost its badge of distinction as many families no longer practice family worship in their homes. I believe family worship, or whatever you choose to call it (family night, breakfast with Daddy, etc.), is the best place for our children to learn how to worship firsthand.

How can you begin the process of leading a time of family worship? He suggests the following small steps:

Start Small. Don’t be extreme by setting a standard of an hour each day for family worship. This will set you up for failure. Be realistic on what time and how much time works best for everyone.

Stick with it. It might be awkward at first for everyone (even you), but it will get easier over time.

Be realistic. When and how often should be determined by what works for your family and puts a win under your family’s belt. Some families start with once a month or once a week, some do every weekend, and others fo five days a week. Some families meet in the morning, some at night. Choose what works for you.

Have a plan. It could be structured or very informal, based on a Bible-reading plan or working through spiritual issues or questions. At first you may read on verse and share a statement of what God has been teaching you then end by praying for protection and blessing for your family. Some families have musical talent, and many young children love singing Bible songs. Some families memorize a verse together.

Give it time. Develop a plan for a few weeks, then evaluate later to determine if you need to make some minor tweaks or create a new plan entirely. Don’t worry, God will honor your efforts. He will finish His work.

Make it interactive. It would be wise if it weren’t a one-sided sermon. Make sure that your goal isn’t to simple scold your kids. This is a time to focus on the Lord and His Word, not on our kids’ failures and weaknesses.

Don’t overwhelm them. Make the worship time inviting and short enough leaving your children wanting for more. Then increase the length and depth as everyone gets more comfortable.

Be transparent. Be honest. Be open. Your children know you; so don’t try to fool them. If you don’t know what to say, then tell them so. In those moments, tell them that you are doing this because that is what the Bible tells us to do, and you are all learning this together.

One final word of advice: get to know parents who already have a set plan for family worship. Ask them questions. Learn from them, but understand that just because something works for their family doesn’t mean it will work for yours. The specifics of family worship are not spelled out in the Bible, but it is very clear that it is our responsibility and privilege as parents. I also encourage you to use the bible as your curriculum. There is so much confusion about which curriculum works with which age and whether or not your kids will like it. You can avoid these curriculum worries simply by going to the Bible.

Take a step of faith by submitting to God’s design for YOU to be the primary nurturer of your child(ren)’s faith. This book is simply one tool that will help you take that role seriously and give you practical advice to help you get there.

I love being your Student Pastor!


“the LORD be magnified!” Psalm 40:16

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My Five Favorite Reads of 2014

I’ve read some great reads this year. This is a list of my five favorite.

The Power of Habit / Charles Duhigg / Personal Growth

This was one of the most helpful books I’ve ever read. Duhigg argues that much of what we do in any given day is actually done as a habit. So, change your habits and you’ll change your life. Read this book to recognize your habits and to put together a game plan for personal growth.

Broken-Down House/ Paul Tripp / Christian Living

Paul Tripp is my favorite author and I’ve attempted to read most of what he writes. He constantly finds ways to apply the gospel to the Christian. This book did not disappoint. It was encouraging, convicting, and helpful. It ends up being a synopsis of the Christian life.

What’s Best Next / Matt Perman / Productivity

Perman’s What’s Best Next is a book about productivity and time management written from a Christian perspective. He begins by showing that God does care about our productivity and as a result, so should we. Then, Perman discusses some of the ways to become more productive and what that looks like for Christian, whether that be in the workplace or in the home.

Simply Christian / N.T. Wright / Christian Theology

This is the second time I’ve read this book. I read it a couple of years ago and it had a huge impact on my life. Reading through a second time was no different. Wright, much like Tripp, writes in an easy-to-read manner. This particular book is an argument for the legitimacy of the Christian faith. He argues from such things as our need for justice. This is the closest book I’ve read to C. S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity.

True Spirituality / Francis Schaeffer / Christian Living

Finally, it was a toss up between this book and the other book I read this year by Schaeffer, He Is There and He Is Not Silent, which is written more in the category of Wright’s Simply Christian. The application was very simple.


Books Read in 2013

  1. Deep & Wide / Andy Stanley / Church Ministry
  2. True Community / Jerry Bridges / Christian Living
  3. Speaking to Teenagers / Doug Fields & Duffy Robbins / Student Ministry
  4. Breathing Under Water / Richard Rohr / Christian Living
  5. Soul Print / Mark Batterson / Christian Living
  6. The Book of Matches / Alvin Reid & Ashley Gorman / Christian Living
  7. Risk is Right / John Piper / Christian Living
  8. As You Go / Alvin Reid / Student Ministry
  9. Raising a Modern-Day Knight / Robert Lewis / Parenting
  10. Real Life Discipleship / Jim Putman / Christian Ministry
  11. Simple Student Ministry / Geiger and Borton / Student Ministry
  12. The Present Age / Soren Kierkegaard / Philosophy
  13. Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart / J.D. Greear / Christian Theology
  14. The Message of the Sermon on the Mount / John Stott / Biblical Studies
  15. Closing the Window / Tim Chester / Christian Living
  16. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership / John Maxwell / Leadership
  17. The One Minute Manager / Blanchard and Johnson / Leadership
  18. Good to Great / Jim Collins / Leadership
  19. Dangerous Calling / Paul Tripp / Church Ministry
  20. Discipleshift / Jim Putman / Church Ministry
  21. Christian Beliefs / Wayne Grudem / Christian Theology
  22. The One Thing / Gary Keller / Leadership
  23. Killing Jesus / Bill O’Reilly / Christian History
  24. Christ’s Incarnation / Charles Spurgeon / Christian Theology
  25. Against Calvinism / Roger Olsen / Christian Theology
  26. A Little Exercise for Young Theologians / Helmut Thielicke / Christian Theology
  27. The Insanity of God / Nik Ripkin / Christian Living
  28. For Calvinism / Michael Horton / Christian Theology
  29. They Found the Secret / Raymond Edman / Biography
  30. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe / CS Lewis / Fiction
  31. The Weight of Glory / CS Lewis / Christian Theology
  32. The Reason for God / Tim Keller / Apologetics
  33. With / Alvin Reid / Church Ministry
  34. The True Vine / Andrew Murray / Christian Living
  35. Praying Backwards / Bryan Chapell / Christian Living
  36. All In / Mark Batterson / Christian Living
  37. How People Change / Lane and Tripp / Christian Living
  38. Gospel Deeps / Jared Wilson / Christian Living


Books Read in 2012

  1. A Theology for the Church / Danny Akin ed. / Christian Theology
  2. Almost Christian / Kendra Creasy Dean / Student Ministry
  3. American Patriots / Rick Santorum / American History
  4. Called to Lead / John MacArthur / Leadership
  5. Christ’s Incarnation / Charles Spurgeon / Christian Theology
  6. Creating Magic / Lee Cockerell / Leadership
  7. Death By Love / Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears / Christian Theology
  8. Erasing Hell / Francis Chan / Christian Theology
  9. Faithful Preaching / Tony Merida / Preaching
  10. Forgotten God / Francis Chan / Christian Living
  11. Foxe’s Book of Martyrs / John Foxe / Church History
  12. Gospel-Centered Discipleship / Jonathan Dodson / Christian Living
  13. Gospel in Life / Tim Keller / Study Guide & Christian Living
  14. Holiness / Henry Blackaby / Christian Living
  15. Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands / Paul Tripp / Biblical Counseling
  16. Just Do Something / Kevin DeYoung / Christian Living
  17. Living the Cross Centered Life / C.J. Mahaney / Christian Living
  18. Modesty / Glenn and Challies / Christian Living
  19. Purpose Driven Youth Ministry / Doug Fields / Student Ministry
  20. Salvation and Sovereignty / Kenneth Keathley / Christian Theology
  21. Sex, Dating, and Relationships / Hiestand and Thomas / Christian Living
  22. Simple Church / Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger / Church Ministry
  23. Strategic Pastoral Counseling / David Benner / Biblical Counseling
  24. Student Ministry and the Supremacy of Christ / Richard Ross / Student Ministry
  25. The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God / D.A. Carson / Christian Theology
  26. The Expectant Father / Armin A. Brott / Parenting
  27. The Freedom of Self Forgetfulness / Tim Keller / Christian Living
  28. The Legacy of Sovereign Joy / John Piper / Biography
  29. The Messiah in the Old Testament / Walter Kaiser / Old Testament
  30. The Passion Driven Sermon / Jim Shaddix / Preaching
  31. The Power of Speaking God’s Word / Ellsworth Wilbur / Preaching
  32. The Purity Principle / Randy Alcorn / Christian Living
  33. Theology and Practice and Mission / Bruce Ashford ed. / Christian Theology
  34. Total Church / Tim Chester and Steve Timmis / Church Ministry
  35. Trained in the Fear of God / Stinson and Jones / Family & Church Ministry; Church History
  36. You Can Change / Tim Chester / Christian Living