My reading list for 2018 and onward


At the beginning of this year (2018), I compiled a list of books I want to read throughout the year (and in 2019 and beyond).

I recently handed in my mini-dissertation, and it was approved to be sent to the external examiner. Thus, as far as my hopes go, I am finished with my studies. For now at least. And that gives me more time to read.

This list is long. This is because I really want to try and make a type of short-list of books I want to read over the next 12-36 months. There might be books that get onto the list and becomes a bigger priority to read that the titles that are currently on the list. I will update this list regularly. I will also update the list of books that I read regularly, as I finish some of the books. I will try to keep that list current by year. I will also try to keep this specific list to 45-50 titles.

I will post the books I have read in 2018 soon (maybe even later today).

A. Churchlife and Christianity

  1. Everything must change by Brian D. McLaren
  2. Celebration of discipline by Richard Foster
  3. The Barbarian Way by Erwin Raphael McManus
  4. Jim & Casper go to church by Jim Henderson & Matt Casper
  5. Where is God when it hurts? by Philip Yancey
  6. Soul survivor by Philip Yancey
  7. Deep & wide by Andy Stanley
  8. Life changing relationships by James T. Meeks
  9. Die dinamika van ‘n Christelike geloofsgemeenskap by Coenie Burger [This is an Afrikaans book; in English, the title would be something like “The dinamics of a Christian (religious) community”]
  10. Jesus, save me from your followers by Dave Gilpin
  11. Ek behoort aan die kerk by Thom S. Rainer [This is an Afrikaans book; in English, the title would be “I belong to the church”]
  12. Speaking Christian by Marcus J. Borg
  13. Faith to faith by Dan Scott
  14. Verstaan die gawes van die Gees by Henry & Mel Blackaby [This is an Afrikaans book; in English, the title would be “Understand the gifts of the Spirit”]
  15. Adventures in saying yes by Carl Medearis
  16. Love wins by Rob Bell
  17. The Dream Giver by Bruce Wilkinson
  18. Doktor Andries Gous praat met die jeug by Andries Gous [This is an Afrikaans book; in English, the title would be “Doctor Andries Gous speaking to the youth”]

B. Youth ministry

  1. Purpose Driven youth ministry by Doug Fields

C. Prayer

  1. Prayer partners by Elmer L. Towns
  2. Prayer by Philip Yancey
  3. Knowing God through fasting by Elmer L. Towns

D. Star Trek

  1. Star Trek: The next generation – Ghost ship by Diane Carey
  2. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – The siege by Peter David
  3. Star Trek: Voyager – The escape by Dean Wesley Smith & Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  4. Star Trek: New Frontier – Into the void by Peter David
  5. Star Trek: The Eugenics Wars, Volume 2 – The rise and fall of Khan Noonien Singh, Volume 2 by Greg Cox
  6. Star Trek: The original series – Bantam Books Episode adaptations: Star Trek 2 – Space seed by Carey Wilber
  7. Star Trek: The original series – To reign in hell: The exile of Khan Noonien Singh by Greg Cox
  8. Star Trek: Movies – The wrath of Khan by Vonda N. McIntyre
  9. Star Trek: The Original Series – Assignment: Eternity by Greg Cox
  10. Star Trek: The aliens are coming! by Dayton Ward
  11. Star Trek: Destiny – Gods of night by David Mack

E. Biographies and autobiographies

  1. Captain in the cauldron by John Smit
  2. Not without honour: Tribute to Beyers Naudé by Peter Randall
  3. I write what I like by Steve Biko
  4. Conversations with my sons and daughters by Mamphela Ramphele
  5. ‘ … and nothing but the truth’? by Deon Gouws
  6. Politically incorrect by Peter de Villiers
  7. 7 men by Eric Metaxas
  8. Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward
  9. The President’s Keepers: Those keeping Zuma in power and out of prison by Jacques Pauw
  10. My mother. Barack Obama. Donald Trump. And the angry white man by Kevin Powell

F. Fiction

  1. Jake’s choice by Jim & Rachel Britts

G. Health

  1. Personality type and religious leadership by Roy M. Oswald & Otto Kroeger
  2. In die donker put by Johan Smith [This is an Afrikaans book; in English, the title would be “In the dark pit”]
  3. Deperessie – simptome, oorsake en genesing by Frank Minirth & Paul Meier [This is an Afrikaans book; in English, the title would be “Depression – simptoms, causes and healing”]
  4. Healing for damaged emotions by David A. Seamands
  5. The Detox Manual by Suzannah Olivier
  6. Eat right for your type by Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo

H. Politics

  1. How not to get shot. And other advice from white people by D.L. Hughley
  2. Rising out of hatred: The awakening of a former white Nationalist by Eli Saslow
  3. Afrikanerskap in Bybelse lig by Prof J.L. Helberg [This is an Afrikaans book; in English, the title would be something like “Being an Afrikaner in light of the Bible”]
  4. Geestelike weerbaarheid teen ideologiese terrorisme by S.G. Roos [This is an Afrikaans book; in English, the title would be “Spiritual defensibility/resiliency against ideological terrorism”]
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“Celebration of Discipline”: Inleiding – Vat ‘n Breuk


In die eerste tien inskrywings oor Richard Foster se boek oor Geestelike Dissiplines, het ek gekyk na sy inleiding aangaande die Dissiplines. Ek wil graag ‘n breuk maak van die boek vir twee weke. Hierdie breuk is nie sodat ek kan rus, of iets soos dit, nie. Daar is twee hoofredes vir hierdie breuk.

Eerstens, ek wil jou uitdaag om weer deur alles te lees. Dink weer na oor alles, en gee kritiek daarop, indien jy wil. Onthou, kritiek is nie outomaties is negatief nie. Dink na oor wat jy lees, en dink oor hoe dit jou kan help om geestelik te groei. Jy is welkom om enigiets wat verband hou met die onderwerp by te voeg. Dalk het jy al êrens anders gelees oor die Geestelike Dissiplines. Voeg die inligting wat jy het by. Op hierdie wyse kan ons almal groei en bymekaar leer.

Tweedens, ek wil jou uitdaag om te begin dink oor die volgende deel van die boek: Meditasie. In baie Christelike kringe is dit ‘n baie kontroversiële onderwerp. Dink na oor jou voorbehoude (“reservations”) en vrae wat jy daaroor het. Hou dit gereed vir bespreking sodra ons die reeks hervat.

“Celebration of Discipline”: Introduction – Taking a Break


In the first ten entries about Richard Foster’s book about Spiritual Disciplines, I looked at his overview on the Disciplines. I want to take a break from the book for two weeks. This is not so that I can rest, or anything like that. There are two main reasons for this break.

Firstly, I want to challenge you to read through everything again. Think about everything again, and really criticize it, if you want to. Remember, criticism doesn’t automatically mean something negative. Think about what you read, and think about how it could help you to grow spiritually. Feel free to add anything that is related to the topic. Maybe you have read about the Spiritual Disciplines somewhere else. Add the information that you have. In this way, we can all grow and learn from each other.

Secondly, I want to challenge you to start to think about the next part of the book: Meditation. It is a controversial topic among some Christian circles. Think about your own reservations and questions about it. Keep it ready for discussion, when we continue the series.

“Celebration of Discipline”: Inleiding – Verdere leeswerk


Foster gee ‘n paar voorstelle vir verder leeswerk. Ek sal die name van die boeke wat hy noem gee. In die “comments” blok, sal ek ‘n paar ander verwysings en boeke wat ek raak geloop/gelees het, byvoeg.

  1. Dietrich Bonhoeffer – The Cost of Discipleship
  2. Jean-Pierre de Caussade – The Sacrament of the Present Movement
  3. Thomas R. Kelly – A Testament of Devotion
  4. Thomas à Kempis – The Imitation of Christ
  5. William Law – A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life
  6. Brother Lawrence – The Practice of the Presence of God
  7. St Ignatius of Loyola – The Spiritual Exercises
  8. Eugene Peterson – A Long Obedience in the Same Direction
  9. Lawrence O. Richards – A Practical Theology of Spirituality
  10. Francis de Sales – An Introduction to the Devout Life
  11. Agnes Sanford – The Healing Light
  12. A.W. Tozer – The Pursuit of God

“Celebration of Discipline”: Introduction – Further reading material…


Foster gives some suggestions for further reading. I will give the names of the books that he mentions. In the “comments” block, I will add a view references and books that I have seen/read.

  1. Dietrich Bonhoeffer – The Cost of Discipleship
  2. Jean-Pierre de Caussade – The Sacrament of the Present Movement
  3. Thomas R. Kelly – A Testament of Devotion
  4. Thomas à Kempis – The Imitation of Christ
  5. William Law – A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life
  6. Brother Lawrence – The Practice of the Presence of God
  7. St Ignatius of Loyola – The Spiritual Exercises
  8. Eugene Peterson – A Long Obedience in the Same Direction
  9. Lawrence O. Richards – A Practical Theology of Spirituality
  10. Francis de Sales – An Introduction to the Devout Life
  11. Agnes Sanford – The Healing Light
  12. A.W. Tozer – The Pursuit of God

“Celebration of Discipline”: Inleiding – Vrae vir jou eie studie


Foster gee enkele vrae vir verder studie rakende die Geestelike Dissiplines. Met hierdie inskrywing, gaan ek die vrae gee, en dalk van my eie vrae byvoeg. Maak tyd, en werk biddend daardeur.

  1. Ek skryf dat “Superficiality is the curse of our age” (Oppervlakkigheid is die “curse” van ons tyd). Indien jy saamstem, maak ‘n lys van ‘n paar “indicators” in ons kultuur wat hierdie feit illustreer. Indien jy nie saamstem nie, maak ‘n lys van “indicators” wat jou oortuiging illustreer. Is daar invloede in ons tyd wat Christene meer oppervlakkig sal maak as Christene in ander tye?
  2. Ek verwys na die Dissiplines in hierdie boek as “klassiek” Watter rede gee ek om dit te sê? Kritiseer my “rationale” – dit is, stem jy saam of stem jy nie saam nie?
  3. Wat is die doel van Geestelike Dissiplines?
  4. Wat is die primêre vereiste om op hierdie reis te gaan? Is daar dinge wat jou sal weerhou om hierdie vereiste n ate kom?
  5. Oorweeg Heini Arnold se stelling: “we want to make it quite clear that we cannot free and purify our own heart by exerting our own will.” Is hierdie stelling waar van jou eie belewenis?
  6. Ek toon aan dat diegene wat die wêreld van die Geestelike Dissiplines wil “explore”, twee moeilikhede teëkom. Wat is die “praktiese moeilikheid”? Kan jy dit in jou eie lewe sien? Wat is die “filosofiese moeilikheid”? Hoe kan dit in jou eie lewe gesien word?
  7. Wat bedoel ek met “gedissiplineerde genade”? Wat beteken die konsep “goedkoop genade”? Watter een van hierdie twee tipes genade ken jy die beste?
  8. Indien jy sou loop op die “narrow ledge” waarvan ek praat [dit is die “middeweg” tussen menselike pogings vir geregtigheid aan die een kant en die afwesigheid van menslike pogings tot geregtigheid aan die ander kant], aan watter kant sal jy waarskynlik die meeste van die kere afval? Verduidelik hoe dit in jou lewe gesien kan word.
  9. Soos wat jy die boek lees, dink oor wat jy dink die gevaarlikste dinge is oor die boek. (In ander woorde: Watter elemente (van die boek) kan mense weglei van God af, eerder as na Hom toe?)
  10. Wat het jou die meeste getref van hierdie eerste hoofstuk [Ek het die hoofstuk bespreek in die eerste sewe inskrywings]? Was daar areas waarmee jy nie saamgestem het nie, or waarmee jy nie kon identifiseer nie, of miskien gesukkel het om te verstaan?

“Celebration of Discipline”: Introduction – Questions for your own study


Foster gives some questions for study purposes with regards to the Spiritual Disciplines. With this instalment, I will give the questions, and maybe add some of my own. Make time, and work prayerfully through them.

  1. I say that “Superficiality is the curse of our age”. If you tend to agree list several indicators in our culture that would illustrate this fact. If you tend to disagree list several indicators in society that would illustrate your conviction. Are there influences in our day that would cause Christian people to be more superficial than Christian folk of other centuries?
  2. I refer to the Disciplines discussed in this book as “classical”. What reason do I give for saying this? Critique my rationale – that is, do you agree or disagree?
  3. What is the purpose of Spiritual Disciplines?
  4. What is a primary requirement to embarking on this journey? Are there things that would keep you from fulfilling this requirement?
  5. Consider carefully Heini Arnold’s statement, “we want to make it quite clear that we cannot free and purify our own heart by exerting our own will.” Does that ring true in your own experience?
  6. I indicate that those who desire to explore the world of the Spiritual Disciplines are faced with two difficulties. What is the “practical difficulty”? Can this be seen in your own life? What is the “philosophical difficulty”? How can this be seen in your own life?
  7. What do I mean by “disciplined grace”? What does the concept of “cheap grace” mean? With which of these two types of grace are you most familiar?
  8. If you were walking on the narrow ledge of which I speak [that is the “middle path” between human strivings for righteousness on the one side and absence of human strivings for righteousness on the other side], which side would you fall from most often? Explain how this can be seen in your own life.
  9. As you read this book, consider what you feel are the most dangerous things about the book. (That is, what elements might lead people away from God, rather than to God?)
  10. What struck you most forcefully in this chapter [I discussed this first chapter during the previous seven instalments]? Were there areas you disagreed with, or were unable to identify with, or perhaps found difficult to understand?