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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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 I’ve Read in 2014

  1. Resisting Gossip / Matthew Mitchell / Christian Living
  2. The Ministry of Intercession / Andrew Murray / Prayer
  3. Purity of Heart is to Will One Thing / S. Kierkegaard / Philosophy
  4. The Practice of the Presence of God / B. Lawrence / Christian Living
  5. Aristotle for Everybody / Mortimer Adler / Philosophy
  6. The Power of Habit / Charles Duhigg / Personal Growth
  7. Lord, Teach Us to Pray / Andrew Murray / Prayer
  8. Speaking Truth in Love / David Powlison / Biblical Counseling
  9. Speed Bumps / Mike Landry / Prayer
  10. A Call to Prayer / JC Ryle/ Prayer
  11. Wired for Intimacy / William Struthers / Christian Living
  12. C.S. Lewis / Alister McGrath / Biography
  13. Simply Christian / N.T. Wright / Christian Theology
  14. Reading for Preaching / Cornelius Plantinga / Christian Ministry
  15. Real Life Discipleship Training Manual / Jim Putman / Christian Ministry
  16. He Is There and He Is Not Silent / Francis Schaeffer / Philosophy
  17. The Fault in Our Stars / John Green / Fiction
  18. Saved without a Doubt / John MasArthur / Christian Theology
  19. Truth Matters / Kostenberger, Bock, and Chatraw / Apologetics
  20. The Gospel at Work / Traeger and Gilbert / Christian Living
  21. Every Good Endeavor / Tim Keller / Christian Living
  22. True Beauty / Carolyn Mahaney / Christian Living
  23. Born to Run / Christopher McDougall / Health and Fitness
  24. The Master Plan of Evangelism / Robert Coleman / Evangelism
  25. Be a People Person / John Maxwell / Leadership
  26. Baptism and Fullness / John Stott / Christian Theology
  27. The Old Man and the Sea / Ernest Hemingway / Fiction
  28. Health and Fitness / Philip Maffetone / Health and Fitness
  29. Thinking. Loving. Doing. / John Piper / Christian Living
  30. What’s Best Next / Matt Perman / Productivity
  31. Fear and Trembling / Soren Kierkegaard / Philosophy
  32. Treasure Island / Robert Stevenson / Fiction
  33. How to Read a Book and Enjoy it More / Ben Johnson / Reading
  34. The Giver / Lois Lowry / Fiction
  35. The Godly Home / Richard Baxter / Christian Family
  36. I Am a Church Member / Thom Rainer / Church Ministry
  37. Theology: The Basics / Alister McGrath / Christian Theology
  38. Cooked / Michael Pollan / Health and Fitness
  39. Edwards on the Christian Life / Dane Ortlund / Christian Living
  40. Saint Thomas Aquinas / G.K. Chesterton / Biography
  41. Next Generation Leader / Andy Stanley / Leadership
  42. The Intelligent Investor / Benjamin Graham / Personal Finance
  43. The Stories We Tell / Mike Cosper / Christian Living
  44. True Spirituality / Francis Schaeffer / Christian Living
  45. Broken-Down House/ Paul Tripp / Christian Living
  46. Faithful God / Sinclair Ferguson / Bible
  47. The Dead and Those About to Die / John McManus / American History
  48. Leading Change / John Kotter / Leadership
  49. Make It Last / Jeff Lovingood / Student Ministry
  50. As You Go / Alvin Reid / Student Ministry
  51. Switch / Chip and Dan Heath / Leadership
  52. Liberating Ministry from the Success Syndrome / Kent and Barbara Hughes / Pastor
  53. The Next Christians / Gabe Lyons / Christian Living
  54. The Juvenilization of American Christianity / Thomas Bergler / Student Ministry
  55. A Manual for Writers / Kate Turabian / Writing
  56. On Writing Well / William Zinsser / Writing
  57. Leading At a Higher Level / Ken Blanchard / Leadership
  58. Building Leaders / Aubrey Malphurs / Leadership
  59. Almost Christian / Kendra Creasy Dean / Student Ministry
  60. The Power of a Praying Husband / Stormie Omartian / Family
  61. The Auschwitz Escape / Joel Rosenberg / Fiction
  62. The Present Age / Soren Kierkegaard / Philosophy

Links to previous reading lists: 20102012, and 2013

Links to previous top reads: 2011, 2014


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


Top Ten Books of 2011

Jonathan Edwards / Iain Murray / Biography

One of America’s greatest minds, Jonathan Edwards was a pastor, theologian, philosopher, and missionary. Iain Murray’s account of Edward’s life is one of the most captivating biographies I’ve ever read. This book not only gives tremendous detail to the life of Edwards, but also nurtures the soul. Highly recommended.

Biblical Foundations for Baptist Churches / John Hammett / Church Ministry

In an age where the average church attendee is mostly unaware of denominational distinctives, Hammett offers insight into what makes the Baptists who they are. This is not only a great introduction to Baptist distinctives, but also a great read for anyone interested in church doctrine. It is both comprehensive and biblical.

To Change the World / James David Hunter / Cultural Engagement

To Change the World is all about how Christians are to interact with the world around them for the purpose of changing culture. Unfortunately, past and current attempts by Christians are marked by struggles for power that won’t result in long-term change. Hunter argues, above all, that it will take the faithful presence of Christians to make a lasting difference.

Reasonable Faith / William Lane Craig / Apologetics

William Lane Craig could possibly be the foremost apologist of our time. In this particular work he interacts with current and historical sources to argue that the existence of God and exclusivity of Christ actually make sense. Sometimes over my head, but a great work for the Christian faith.

Learning Theology with the Church Fathers / Christopher Hall / Theology, Church History

This may be my pick for favorite book of the year. Hall’s Learning Theology with the Church Fathers is both a historical and theological work. Hall shows how the church has always held orthodox beliefs such as the Trinity and the providence of God. He also highlights many of the controversies that arose in the early church and shows how the church dealt with such issues.

The 360 Degree Leader / John Maxwell / Leadership

Possibly one of the most complete books on leadership. Maxwell draws on his extensive past in the realm of leadership to show that being an effective leader is not a matter of position or title, but one of character and influence. Reading this book, you’ll learn how to make a difference on the people who are above you, on the same level as you and below you in an organization.

Life Together / Dietrich Bonhoeffer / Spiritual Growth

Another candidate for favorite book of the year, Life Together explores the reality and the privileges of the Christian community. Bonhoeffer’s work is especially excellent because of its Christ-centered approach. This book would be beneficial for any Christian community or family.

The Last Battle / C.S. Lewis / Fiction

This book made the list more for the entire series, The Chronicles of Narnia. I’ve read these books over the last two years and enjoyed every story. Overall, a great read for anyone, but especially great for children.

With Christ in the School of Prayer / Andrew Murray / Spiritual Growth

It’s been recommended to me to read at least one book on prayer every year. This was my book of the year and it was well worth it. With Christ in the School of Prayer opened my eyes to the necessity and power of prayer. God has given us the privilege of communication and with it comes great opportunity.

An Enquiry into the Obligations of Christians to Use Means for the Conversion of the Heathens / William Carey / Missions

I read the Kindle edition of Carey’s classic (free on Amazon). In a time when missions was not common, Carey preached that it was the obligation of Christians to either go or send overseas. His defense of missions is one of the best. He also provides a substantial amount of historical information, tracing the activity of Christian missions from the New Testament church to his modern-day.