Marilynne Robinson is a superb writer. She is also a collectors of books. She has put into words my own feelings about collecting and reading books. She wrote:
Over the years I have collected so many books that, in aggregate, they can fairly be called a library. I don’t know what percentage of them I have read. Increasingly I wonder how many of them I ever will read. This has done nothing to dampen my pleasure in acquiring more books. But it has caused me to ponder the meaning they have for me, and the fact that to me they epitomize one great aspect of the goodness of life.
Year after year, my library continues to grow. And whether I get to all the books I’ve gathered over the years, having them sit on my shelves serve as a constant remind of one of joy in life—to possess a book and have it posses you.
The following list represents all the books I read in 2016. I hope you enjoy the list and find something you would like to read in 2017.
- The American Spirit: Celebrating the Virtues and Values that Make Us Great, Edwin J. Feulner and Brian Tracy
- All the Light You Cannot See, Anthony Doerr [Not only the best novel I read this year, one of the best novels I have ever read.]
- Rediscovering God in America: Reflections on the Role of Faith in Our Nation’s History and Future, Newt Gingrich
- The Pledge: A History of the Pledge of Allegiance, Jeffrey Owen Jones and Peter Meyer
- The Wright Brothers, David McCullough [The best history I read this year.]
- The Revenant, Michael Punke
- Leading Your Family from Good to Great: 9 Building Blocks for a Strong Family, Robert Jeffress
- Deliver Us from Abortion: Awakening the Church to End the Killing of American Children, Brian Fisher
- Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel, Russell Moore [The best book on cultural engagement I have read.]
- God and Politics: Jesus’ Vision for Society, State and Government, Mark Dever
- America at the Crossroads, Robert Jeffress and Derrick G. Jeter
- Lone Star Justice: The First Century of the Texas Rangers, Robert M. Utley
- How Should Christians Vote?, Tony Evans [This book should be mandatory reading for all Christians serious about citizenship.]
- Books: A Memoir, Larry McMurtry
- Gilead, Marilynne Robinson
- Death of a Nation, Ray C. Stedman
- Letters from Vincent van Gogh, Vincent van Gogh
- The Confessions of Congressman X: A Disturbing and Shockingly Frank Tell-All of Vanity, Greed and Deceit, Congressman X
- How Would Jesus Vote? Do Your Political Positions Really Align withe the Bible? Darrell L. Bock
- We Pointed Them North: Recollections of a Cowpuncher, E.C. “Teddy Blue” Abbott and Helena Huntington Smith [The best book I have read on the cowboy way of life.]
- When a Nation Forgets God: 7 Lessons We Must Learn from Nazi Germany, Edwin W. Lutzer
- Is God on America’s Side? The Surprising Answer and How It Affects Our Future, Edwin W. Lutzer
- If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty, Eric Metaxas
- The Explorers: A Story of Fearless Outcasts, Blundering Geniuses, and Impossible Success, Martin Dugard
- Taking a Stand: What God Can Do Through Ordinary You! Howard G. Hendricks
If you’d like to discover all the books I’ve read, am reading, and hope to read (at least from the time I joined) I invite you to visit my Goodreads page. Once there, send me a friend request—I’d like to know what you’re reading . . . I might want to read it myself. I also invite you to follow me on Twitter @derrickjeter.