My 2022 Reading List

For 2022 it is my plan and prayer to read Christian books with a special focus on the general topic of Godly Living. I find myself beginning this year with a question weighing heavily on my heart: Am I living this Christian life the way I should? In other words, does my life reflect a deliberate focus on developing the virtues and graces which the Lord puts most attention on in Scripture? Are the things apparently most important to me, those things which appear (by virtue of their emphasis) to be most important to my God? In other words, my question is about Godliness, my question is about Holiness, my question is about walking with the Lord and pleasing Him.

There is, from my reading of Scripture, such a thing as a “blessed” life. I want to live it, don’t you? The Lord pronounced His blessing on those who would keep His commands. Likewise, the Psalmist understood that a certain way of life would bring blessings, and thus writes “Blessed is the man that…”

There is, to use a different but similar expression, such a thing as walking “in the way of the Lord.” Isn’t that how we ought to want to walk? And it would appear from the many warnings and commandments and encouragements in Scripture that simply being born again is no guarantee that any man is walking well.

I want to live well. I want to walk well. I long for God’s blessing on my life. And therefore, in addition to my reading of Scripture, I am carefully selecting books this year that are focused on the topic of living the Christian life. I want to hear from experienced saints, both past and present, what are the most important topics that deserve my careful attention if I am going to live a life that is pleasing to God. My interest in this subject probably started in late 2021 as I read John Calvin’s Little Book on the Christian Life. This I found to be challenging and helpful, and it stirred up my heart to think of other books in my library or that I have heard of, which could help me.

This lead me to add several additional titles to my reading plans for 2022, which I hope by God’s grace to read and study. By “study” I mean that it is my plan to collect quotes and organize the topics in a way that will hopefully allow me to evaluate them and put them into more deliberate practice. I suspect there will be some significant overlap, and I am actually looking forward to see what authors from different generations have to say on similar themes.

A few of the books I have put on my 2022 reading list so far include:

  1. Practical Religion by J.C. Ryle
  2. Principles of Conduct by John Murray
  3. Pathway to Freedom (on the 10 commandments) by Alistair Begg
  4. The 10 Commandments by Thomas Watson
  5. Pleasing God by R.C. Sproul

If you want to see the full list of books I am reading and planning to read in 2022, I think you can follow me on my GoodReads account by checking out my profile HERE.

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