Books of 2019

This is the second annual installment of my year in books. It was a year characterized by fits, starts, and perseverance (which, come to think of it, would describe most of my reading years).

Best reads

The following were the most meaningful reads of the year. These were meaningful in the sense that they challenged me and/or my preconceived notions.

Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived by Antonin ScaliaChristopher J. Scalia

Patrick Henry: First Among Patriots by Thomas S. Kidd

Defending your faith by R.C. Sproul

Honorable mentions

Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson by Gordon S. Wood

Queen of Scotts: The True Life of Mary Stuart by John Guy

Baptism: Answers to Common Questions by Guy Richard


Here is a running thread of my favorite quotes from the year:

My failures

No good reading year comes without a few failures. My most glaring shortcoming was the inability to finish Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight. While I thoroughly enjoyed the book, I seemed to pick it up and put it down during the busiest seasons of the year which broke the wonderful continuity one obtains when reading a book straight through.

The 2020 Reading List

Each year I come out of the holiday season with a bookshelf loaded for the coming year. Until next year (it is conceivable I could post prior to then but if history is any indicator such is highly unlikely), happy reading.


A World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance: Portrait of an Age by William Manchester

Who is an Evangelical by Thomas S. Kidd

The Kremlinologist by Jenny Thompson, Sherry Thompson


The Westminster Confession of Faith

Reformed Confessions of the 16th and 17th Centuries in English Translation, Volume 1: 1523-1552 by James T. Dennison Jr.

The Holy Bible, ESV


The Consequence of Ideas by R.C. Sproul

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