All good things must end

Alas, I have decided to discontinue the Christian nonfiction review project. Though I love reading Christian nonfiction, and I read it for a couple of hours each evening (generally), I discovered that writing and posting reviews is not a joy for me, but a burden. It diverts too much time from my larger goal of writing and publishing novels (and possibly devotionals someday).

Originally, I hoped to post three reviews weekly, which would enable me to review all of my Christian nonfiction within THREE years, assuming my book collection remained static.

That's a problem. During the past two months alone, I bought 19 books and downloaded samples of an additional 27. Once I've read the samples, I'll probably purchase a good number of them.

Unless I work full time at this, there's no way I can keep up with the reviewing. I can't keep up with the reading, either. But that doesn't trouble me, and I'll enjoy it far more, knowing I won't have to write a review.

I've included a list of all the books bought in the past two years (when I began buying Christian nonfiction). Apologies for the list being imperfectly edited, but other projects of higher priority are screaming at me for attention at this time.

The list includes 300+ titles, from a variety of Christian persuasions. 
See any of your favorites among them?

If you're wondering about the cost of buying so many books, here's the secret: The lion's share were bought via a BookBub ad. BookBub sends out a daily email showcasing e-books (according to your genre preferences) at a drastically reduced price. It means a book normally selling for $9.99 will be offered for $.99, but for that day only.

BookBub's served to introduce me to many new authors, after which, if I really enjoy their writing, I will buy their other books at full price.

title author

100 Bible verses everyone should know by heart morgan 
100 most encouraging verses of the bible schmidt
100 most powerful morning prayers every Christian needs to know Powers
19 gifts of the spirit Flynn
199 promises of God
21 prayers of promise Hogue
30 days to understanding the Bible Anders
30 prayers of devotion Hogue
30 prayers of faith Hogue
30 prayers of gratitude Hogue
30 prayers of joy Hogue
30 prayers of peace Hogue
30-day Advent devotional from heaven Tozer
4 absurd decisions God wants you to make today
4 Keys to hearing God's voice Vickler
40 Days of Decrease Chloe
40 prayers of praise Hogue
40 ways to get closer to God
45 transformational evening prayers that every Christian should know Myer
45 transformational morning prayers that every Christian should know meyer
50 people every Christian should know: learning from spiritual giants of the faith Wiersbe
52 weeks through the Bible
60 second scholar: 100 observations on Bible Doctrine Heiser
77 most powerful evening prayers to end your day inspired
77 most powerful morning prayers to start your day energized
a grace disguised sittler
A hunger for God Piper
A long obedience in the same direction Peterson
A peculiar glory: how the Christian scriptures reveal their complete truthfulness Piper
a thousand gifts Voskamp
A year with God: living out the spiritual disciplines Foster

A.B. Simpson collection: 32 classic works Simpson
Abide: keeping vigil with the Word of God
Absolute Surrender Murray
Adventures in Prayer: praying your way to a God you can trust Connors
Adventures in the prophetic Goll
And he dwelt among us (gospel of John) Tozer
Answers to prayer from George Muller's narratives Muller
Art of praying the scriptures jackson 
Artist's Rule Paintner
Ask for the rain: receiving your inheritance of revival & outpouring Engle
At the Still Point Arthur
Atlas of Bible History Harpercollins
Beginner's guide to spiritual gifts Storms
Beginning at Moses: A Guide to finding Christ in the Old Testament Barrett
believe  frazee
Believer's secret of Abiding Presence Murray & Lawrence
Between midnight and dawn: a literary guide to prayer for Lent, Holy Week, and Eastertide Arthur
Bible from 30,000 feet
Bible in its ancient context Barry
Bible prophecy: 60 predictions everyone should know Guthrie
Bible verses: the best 500 Bible verses every Christian should know
Biographical Bible: Exploring the Biblical narrative from Adam and Eve to John of Patmos Tucker
Book of Common Prayer (Episcopal church)
book of common prayer and the Scottish liturgy Scottish
Book of God Wangren
Born after midnight tozer
Broken Way Voskamp
Brothers, we are not professionals: a plea to pastors for radical ministry Piper
Bruised Reed: in today's English Sibbes
Building your spiritual core: 101 creative ways to connect with God Parrish
bumps are what you climb on Wiersbe 
Case for faith Strobel
Cast of characters Lost & Found Lucado
celebration of discipline: the path to spiritual growth Foster
Celtic book of days: ancient wisdom for each day of the year from the Celtic followers of Christ simpson
Centering prayer
Choosing Real: an invitation to celebrate when life doesn't go as planned Pogue
Christ beside me, Christ within me: Celtic blessings Richardson
Christ in the psalms Reardon
Christian book of mystical verse Tozer
Christian history devotional: 365 readings and prayers to deepen and inspire your faith Lang
Christian's secret of a happy life smith
Circle of Grace: a book of blessings for the seasons Richardson
City of God Hippo
cold-case Christianity Wallace
Collected sermons of George Whitefield Whitefield
Comeback: it's not too late and you're never too far Giglio
complete collection of EM Bounds on prayer Bounds
Contemplative Writer Cz
Crazy Love Chan
cruciality of the cross Forsyth
Daily Light (written 200 yrs ago)
Daily Reader for contemplative living Keating
Daily reflections on the Names of God Pennington
Daily reflections: Advent & Christmas
Dangers of a shallow faith Tozer
Dare to laugh: devotions for those full of years VanLiere
Dawning of indescribable joy Piper
Dead Sea Scrolls Holman Guide
Dear Abba Manning
Deeper Waters
Diary of Private Prayer Baillie
Disappointment with God Yancey
Divind Romance Edwards
Divine Conspiracy Willard
Divine Hours (Volume three): Prayers for Springtime: a manual for prayer Tickle
Divine Hours: Prayers for Autumn and Wintertime Tickle
Divine Hours: Prayers for Summertime Tickle
driven by eternity bevere
Encountering the manuscripts Comfort
Epic eldredge
Erasing Hell Chan
ESV study Bible God
every day in his presence stanley
Every prophecy of the bible: clear explanations for uncertain times Walvoord
Everyday Prayers: 365 days to a gospel-centered faith Smith
Experiencing God Blackaby
Experiencing God day by day Blackaby
Experiencing the Holy Spirit Murray
Eyes of the Heart Paintner
Face to face with God: get ready for a life-changing encounter with God Johnson
faith shift escobar 
Falling Upward Rohr
Fervent Shirer
Final days of Jesus Gibson
Finding God in all things: a companion to the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius Barry
Finding God in Unexpected Places Yancey
Finding God's will Matte
Finding the real Jesus Strobel
Finding Truth Pearcey
Finishing our course with joy: guidance from God for engaging with our aging Packer
Fire of the Word Web  & Foster
For the life of the world schmemann
Forgotten God: Reversing our tragic neglect of the Holy Spirit Chan
Fox's book of martyrs Fox
Fresh wind, fresh fire Cymbala
From Jesus to Christianinty White 
Fruits and Gifts of the Spirit Keating
Future of Faith Cox
Gifts of the spirit Prince
God Hunger
God is closer than you think  Ortberg
God's voice within: the Ignatian Way to discover God's will Thibodeaux
Gospel Truth: on the trail of the Historical Jesus
Guided tour of the Bible Boa
Handbook to Prayer Boa
Handbook to prayer: praying scripture back to God Boa
healing damaged emotions seaman
Hearing God  Willard
Hearing God through Biblical meditation Vickler
Heart made whole: turning your unhealed pain into your greatest strength Gifford
History of the Christian church Schaff
Holy Spirit Rohr
How Christianity Changed the World Schm-
How God became King: the forgotten story of the Gospels Wright
How to be filled with the Holy Spirit tozer
Human Condition Keating
Hungry for more of Jesus wilkerson
I (still) believe: Leading Bible scholars share their stories of faith and scholarship Byron
I stand at the door and knock Ten Boom
I Want God Whittle
I will carry you Smith
I, Jesus Missler
Ignatian Examen Thibodeaux
In the Secret Place Rankin
Indescribable Giglio
Inspired by Tozer multi-author
is Hell for real or does everyone go to heaven? 4-authors
It's not about me Lucado
Jesus in the present tense: the I AM statements of Christ  Wiersbe
Jesus on every page murray
Jesus person promise book wilkerson
Jesus Revealed Roberts
Jesus: a novel Wangerin
Jesus: a pilgrimage Martin
John for Everyone: part 1; chs 1-10 Wright
Journal of sacred readings: spiritual formation through personal encounters with scripture Boa

Keys to the deeper life tozer
Know your Bible Kent
Knowing God  Packer
Knowing God through the year: a 365 day devotional Packer
Knowledge of the Holy tozer
Last days of Jesus Moore
Learn the Bible in 24 hours Missler
Lectio Divinia Paintner
Life and times of Jesus the messiah Edersheim
Life lessons from my garden Bryant
Life of Christ Stalker
Life of God in the soul of man in modern English Lamb
Life with God: reading the Bible for spiritual transformation Foster
life-changing moments with God Jeremiah
Lifestyle of a prophet: a 21 day journey to embracing your calling Goll
Light upon light: a literary guide to prayer for Advent, Christmas, Epiphany Arthur
Live dead joy: 365 days of living and dying with Jesus Brogden
Living your strengths: discover your God-given talents and inspire your community Winseman
Lord, teach us to pray murray
Lost art of Practicing His Presence Goll
Lost art of pure worship Goll
Man the dwelling place of God tozer
Manifesting God Keating
Mansions of the Heart
Mirror for the Soul
Missing Kylie Myers
Morning and Evening Spurgeon
Morning and evening prayers for all the days of the week …
moving mountains eldredge
Multiply Chan
my daily pursuit tozer
Mystery of providence Flavel
Naked Now  Rohr
Names of God Hemphill
NIV, the story, the Bible as one continuing story of God and his people God
Not a fan Idleman
Not a fan daily devotional: 75 days to becoming a completely committed follower of jesus Idleman
one more step: finding strength when you feel like giving up Wo-
One year coffee with God: 365 devotions to perk up your day Arthur
Opening to God Benner
Organizing your prayer closet Duke
Orthodoxy Chesterton
Parables McArthur
Parables of Jesus Boice
Parables workbook: the mysteries of God's kingdom revealed through the stories Jesus told MacArthur
Playdates with God Boggess
Power in Prayer murray
Prayer Foster
Prayer Yancey
Prayer: 81 powerful prayers for connecting with God everyday Lance
Prayers that Unlock the Gifts of the Spirit Womack
Praying God's word moore
Preparing for Jesus Wangren
Presence and Encounter Benner
Prophecy answer book Jeremiah
Proverbs: Selected comments on twenty-two proverbs Bridges
Psalm 119 Kramp
Psalms: the prayer book of the Bible Bonhoffer
pursuit of God Tozer
pursuit of the holy  russell
Reading the Bible supernaturally: seeing and savoring the glory of God in scripture Piper
Recapturing the Wonder
Reflections on the Unknowable Keating
Religious affections Edwards
Reliving the Passion Wangerin
Renovation of the heart in daily practice Willard
Renovation of the Heart: putting on the character of Christ Willard
Return of the prodigal nouwen
Revelation for Everyone Wright
Rewriting your broken story Boa
Roots and Sky: a journey home in four seasons Purifoy
Run with the horses Peterson
Ruthless Trust Manning
Sacredness of questioning everything dark
Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church Evans
secrets of meditation davidji
Self to lose--self to find: a biblical approach to the 9 enneagram types Vancil
Seven Sayings of the Saviour on the Cross Pink
short stories by Jesus: the enigmatic parables of a controversial rabbi Levine
Signature of Jesus Manning
Simple Prayers Boa
Simple Prayers: a daybook of conversations with God Boa
Simply Christian Wright
Sitting at the feet of Rabbi Jesus: how the Jewishness of Jesus can transform your faith Spangler
Soul at Rest Rhodes
Soul Keeping Ortberg
Soul of prayer Forsyth
Soul of the Pilgrim Paintner
Sovereignty of God Pink
Spiritual misfit DeRusha
Spurgeon gems Spurgeon
St. Francis of Assisi Chesterton
Streams in the Desert Cowman
Strength you need: the twelve great strength passages in the Bible
surprised by hope Wright
Telling God's story: The Biblical Narrative from Beginning to End Vang
the 52 great stories of the Bible Boa
the air I breathe Giglio
The Apostle: The Life of Paul Pollock
The Book of Mysteries Cahn
the day that changed forever Roehl
The Fisherman Huntsberger
The Gospel according to Jesus: what is authentic faith John MacArthur
the gospel according to Moses: what my Jewish friends taught me about Jesus Dickson
the Jesus I never knew Yancey
The Prodigal Manning
The Reason for God: Belief in an age of skepticism Keller
The Spiritual Man Nee
These are the days of Elijah Kendall
Thomas Merton: a life inspired North
Through the eyes of NT Wright: a reader's guide to Paul and the Faithfulness of God Vreeland
Through the eyes of the lion Lusko
too deep for words Hall
total commitment to Christ tozer
Ultimate commentary on Proverbs: a collective wisdom on the Bible Barnes
Understanding the Bible Holman Guide
understanding the book of Job  Tompkins
Unlocking the scriptures: what the Bible is, how we got it, and why we can trust it Lasseigne
untethered soul singer 
Upper room: Jesus' parting promises for troubled hearts MacArthur
Walking in the dust of rabbi Jesus
Walking with God Baxter
Walking with God: talk to him. Hear from him. Really.  Eldredge
When God doesn't fix it Story
When the will of god is a bitter cup Woodward
When your heart cries out to God sala
Wicked women of the Bible Spangler
Wild in the Hollow Haines
Wind and Fire Zamore
Women of the Bible Spangler
Words of Jesus Tickle
your 100 day prayer snyder 

A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson

A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society by [Peterson, Eugene H.]

In this work Peterson, who spent ten years creating the Message translation of the Bible, writes about the fifteen Songs of Ascents (Psalms 120-134) which the ancient Jewish people memorized and sang on their annual pilgrimage to Jerusalem for Passover. Of the impetus to write the book, Peterson says,
"I knew that following Jesus could never develop into a "long obedience" without a deepening life of prayer and that the Psalms had always been the primary means by which Christians learned to pray everything they lived, and live everything they prayed over the long haul."
Peterson uses Psalms 120-134 as a frame to show us what Christian discipleship is. Though the book I reviewed yesterday, Spiritual Discipleship: Principles of Following Christ for Every Believer by J. Oswald Sanders, is also about discipleship, there is a stark contrast between the two in what each author does in expounding the basic concept of discipleship.

If Sanders’s book reads like a cookbook, Peterson’s reads like philosophy and poetry.

And, indeed, Peterson draws from poetry to talk about discipleship. Of the Psalter, which I have heard some refer to as a mini-Bible within the Bible, he says,
"There is no literature in all the world that is more true to life and more honest than Psalms, for here we have warts-and-all religion. Every skeptical thought, every disappointing venture, every pain, every despair that we can face is lived through and integrated into a personal, saving relationship with God-a relationship that also has in it acts of praise, blessing, peace, security, trust and love."

Psalm by psalm from 120-134, Peterson goes deeply into the meaning of each one as it relates to discipleship. I loved that his is not a shallow treatment, as I've often seen  in books that talk about the entire book of the Psalms.

Dealing with only 10% of them gives him plenty of pages to bring out the meat of each one, especially in relation to our walk with Christ.

Highly recommended,

Spiritual Discipleship: Principles of Following Christ for Every Believer by J. Oswald Sanders

Spiritual Discipleship: Principles of Following Christ for Every Believer (Sanders Spiritual Growth Series) by [Sanders, J. Oswald]

Spiritual Discipleship: Principles of Following Christ for Every Believer by J. Oswald Sanders. 

  • Print Length: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers (January 1, 2009)

  • Originally published in 1990, Moody Publishers is reissuing this classic on discipleship. 

  • Sanders' contention is that many people have forgotten what it means to be a Christian. 

  • Being a Christian is not saying a magic prayer that gives us eternal salvation and then living life as usual. 

  • Christ did not commission his apostles to merely save people, but to make them disciples. There is a world of difference between the two. Unless there is a true change of heart, i.e. repentance and working toward the upward call in Christ, saying the magic prayer means absolutely nothing. Yes, we are saved by grace. But our works prove that our conversion was real.

  • The Christian needs to become more like Jesus day-by-day, and Sanders shows us how. Questions for reflection are included at the end of each chapter, which I found helpful for me, to think about and measure where I might be on the narrow path, and where I can do better. 

  • I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.