April 2022 Reading Log

Here’s a rundown of the 8 books I read in April. This brings my 2022 total to 30 books. Happy reading!

(I must always clarify that I read many books with which I disagree. I learn the most by reading things that do not represent my position.)

Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill by Candace Millard

I’m now a huge fan of Candace Millard. This year I’ve read her three published books and each one will land among my favorites for the year. Her book, Destiny of the Republic, will be highly considered for my book of the year.

Sheltering Mercy: Prayer Inspired by the Psalms by Ryan Whitaker Smith and Dan Wilt

A gorgeous book in both content and design. It contains 75 prayers inspired by Psalms 1-75. I read a handful each day over the course of April. It blessed my soul.

The Loveliest Place: The Beauty and Glory of the Church by Dustin Benge

This book is a contender for my book of the year. It is a tremendous volume on the church. It will now be my go-to recommendation for those considering the doctrine of the church.

Rejoice and Tremble: The Surprising Good News of the Fear of the Lord by Michael Reeves

We don’t talk about the fear of the Lord much. This books does. Like The Loveliest Place, this is a volume in the Union Series. I whole-heartedly recommend all the currently published volumes.

The Believer’s Payday: Why Standing Before Christ Should be Our Greatest Moment by Paul Benware

I read this book at the request of a church member. I agree with a large number of points argued and well-defended. At the same time, I’m unconvinced by much. The book’s major premise is that a believer’s life results in eternal gain or loss at the Judgment Seat of Christ.

The Biggest Story Bible Storybook by Kevin DeYoung and illustrated by Don Clark

I devoted a previous post to this Bible (see here) when I first received it. I’ve since spent hours reading the Bible from cover to cover and soaking in the artwork. I love it. It’s not for all – but I recommend it to all!

Michelangelo by Kirsten Bradbury

My current sermon series through my church’s stained-glass window has sent me down a rabbit trail of books on artwork. I may never get out of the hole! I’m learning so much and developing and even deeper love for biblical artwork.

Rembrandt by Ludwig Munz and Bob Haak

My amateur artwork eye loves Michelangelo and Rembrandt. I have a reproduction of Rembrandt’s depiction of the Apostle Paul framed in my office. I loved this guided tour through the majority of his portfolio.

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