Books from 2017


I love to read.  I love to read more than I like to sleep.  I love to read more than I like to eat.  In 2017, I had the privilege of reading 40 books and writing a review for each of them that I’ve posted at the end of this blog.  I realize that reading is a HUGE privilege and it’s not anything that I take for granted.   My mom is to thank for instilling a love of reading in all three of her kids from a very early age.  I’ve written on this blog a number of times how I feel about reading and the way that reading shapes the influence that you have.  I’ve heard it said that you can tell a lot about a person by the people that they hang out with and the books that they read.  Words matter.

I read 40 books in 2017.  That’s a lot of books!  It’s not quite as many books as I’ve read in recent years…but for good reason.  The main reason being that my kids are now 9 and 5 and I am privileged to give them much of my attention that used to be reserved for reading.  I also returned to seminary which leads to it’s own reading and writing covering much of my spare time.  I still found myself reading more magazines and blogs than I have in the past…and frittered away much more time that I’d ever like to admit information surfing on my phone.  I chose to take the month of December off of social media and I have enjoyed the space immensely!  If I go back, I’ll go back differently.  Thank you…  12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You by Tony Reinke and  The Tech-Wise Family by Andy Crouch.

Books from 2010 41 books
Books from 2011 63 books
Books from 2012 78 books
Books from 2013 43 books
Books from 2014 32 books
Books from 2015 41 books
Books from 2016 54 books

I’m always looking for new books to read.  Here is my current Amazon wishlist that I’m hoping to pick up in the near future.  What would you add to the list?

Without further adieu, I’ll post my favorites from this year as well as a list of all the books I read with links to their review.

Favorite Books from 2017…

befriend by Scott Sauls
Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance
Deep Work by Cal Newport
Goliath Must Fall by Louie Giglio
Marching Off the Map by Tim Elmore and Andrew McPeak
The Tech-Wise Family by Andy Crouch
A Peculiar Glory by John Piper

Number 1 book from 2017…
None Like Him by Jen Wilkin

All the books I read in 2017…

Reclaiming Conversation by Sherry Turtle
befriend by Scott Sauls
Generation Z Goes to College by Corey Seemlier and Meghan Grace
Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance
How’s Your Soul? by Judah Smith
Deep Work by Cal Newport
Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
You are Free by Rebekah Lyons
Mistakes that Worked by Charlotte Foltz Jones
Goliath Must Fall by Louie Giglio
Mingling of Souls by Matt Chandler
Marching Off the Map by Tim Elmore and Andrew McPeak
Ditch that Homework by Matt Miller and Alice Keeler
The Tech-Wise Family by Andy Crouch
From Eden to the New Jerusalem by T. Desmond Alexander
Whisper by Mark Batterson
Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors
Family Worship by Donald S. Whitney
Designed to Lead by Eric Geiger and Kevin Peck
Great Leader Great Teacher by Gary Bredfeldt
Perspectives on Church Government by a variety of authors
Free of Me by Sharon Hodde Miller
When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert
The Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis
A Peculiar Glory by John Piper
Work and Our Labor in the Lord by James Hamilton, Jr.
None Like Him by Jen Wilkin


  1. Hi Megan – I have enjoyed reading your summaries of many of the books you read.

    I love seeing how your school is growing and doing some creative innovative things!

    My HS principal is Greg Scheck, we may want to schedule a work/research trip if you and your boss would be open to that???

    Lastly – I had sent you my journal a while back, did you get it and what were your impressions?? I am teaching our seniors (Senior Seminar) using that and some other resources and I believe it is going well. But just looking for some feedback.

    Best to you – keep up the good work! I hope you are energized and fulfilled in your mission!!

    In His Grip,
    Dan L Bragg

    • Thanks so much Dan! Great to hear from you. I really appreciate your kind feedback!
      Yes, I am planning to check out your journal. It’s on my March list. Thanks so much for sending it!

      We’d love for you and Greg to come visit. Let me know what you have in mind! It’s always sort of surreal to have Greg visit my office since it was his office when he was first investing in me at NCCS. I look forward to meeting you in person soon. Our paths have crossed virtually several times…in person is always better! I’d love to learn more about the exciting things y’all are doing at Legacy!


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