My 2015 Reading List


In the past couple of years I have decided to set a goal to read a number of books. Most times in the past couple of years it has been hard to get to my goal because I had to read hardcopy books and finding books that I was interested in as well.  This year Dale gave me an iPad mini for my birthday and anniversary which made it easy to find books. Our library has an online library wher I can get free books.  When you see my list, remember that some of the books that I read I choose because of the cover.  Others I saw at the bookstore and decided to read them.  Anna is also a reader in our home and I have read some of the books she has brought home from the library. There are some that if I knew what they were about I would have not read them.  Here is my list for 2015:

  1. One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
  2. Biblbo’s Last Song by J.R.R. Tolkien
  3. Homerun by Kevin Meyers and John Maxwell
  4. Downpour by James MacDonald
  5. Healing of Damaged Emotion by David A Seamands
  6. The Doctor Who/Shakespeare Note Book
  7. Star Wars The Jedi Path
  8. Hardball by Chris Matthews
  9. Seeking Allah Find Jesus by Nebeel Qureshi
  10. William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher
  11. Paradise Lost and Other Poems by John Milton
  12. Fault Lines | Steve Deneff
  13. No God But God by Aslan Reza
  14. Plain Wisdom by Cindy Woodsmall and Mirna Flaud
  15. Women Heros of World by Kathryn Atwood
  16. Amish Values for Your Family by Suzanne Wood Fisher
  17. Plain Account of Christian Perfection by John Wesley
  18. Thirty Questions By Timothy Tennent
  19. My Amish Childhood by Jerry S. Fisher
  20. Hidden History of Northern Virginia by Charles
  21. The Secret by Beverly Lewis
  22. The Missing by Beverly Lewis
  23. Shakespeare Saved My Life by Laura Bates
  24. The Telling by Beverly Lewis
  25. Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking by Anya Von Bremzen
  26. Hero At Home by Ellie Kay
  27. ASVAB Success
  28. Upstairs at the White House by J.B West
  29. The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore
  30. Catching Fireflies by Patty Clairmont
  31. 501 Time Saving Tips Every Women Should Know by Georgia Vacozza
  32. Candy Bomber by  Micael O. Tunnell
  33. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nefisis
  34. Celebrating Advent by Ann Hibbard
  35. Jane Austen: A Life revealed by Catherines Reef
  36. Almost Amish by Nancy Sleeth
  37. The Fiddle by Beverly Lewis
  38. Life Below the Stairs by Alison Maloney
  39. Pastor in the Classics by Leland Ryken
  40. Living Clutter Free by Kathy Lipp
  41. Keep it Pithy by Bill O’Reilly
  42. The Bridesmaid by Beverly Lewis
  43. The Guardian by Beverly Lewis
  44. The Last Bride by Beverly Lewis
  45. Rescuing the Children by Deborah Hodge
  46. The Secret Keeper by Beverly Lewis
  47. A World of Her Own by Michael Elsohn
  48. The Battle of Waynesboro by Richard G. Williams Jr
  49. In the Land of Invisible Women by Oanta Ahmed
  50. Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare
  51. After the War Zone by Matthew J. Friedman PhD. And Dr Laurie B. Slone PHD
  52. When Books Went to War by Molly Guptill Manning
  53. Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. by Sam Wesson
  54. Crossing Border of Time by  Leslie Maitland
  55. Macbeth by Shakespeare
  56. Good Masters, Sweet Ladies From the Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schitz and Robert Byrd
  57. The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel
  58. Ashley’s War by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
  59. Women of Faith and Courage by Vance Christie
  60. Behind the Beautiful Forever by Katherine Boo
  61. Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
  62. The First Ladies by Allida Black and Richard Smith
  63. How to Tell If Your Cat is Plotting to Kill you by Oatmeal
  64. Touching Tomorrow by Alberta Metz
  65. Tea by Roy Moxham
  66. The Residence by Kate Andersen Brower
  67. Mansfield by Jane Austen
  68. The Grandparents Handbook by Elizabeth Laban and Myron Laban  and Barbara Trosler
  69. Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  70. The Important of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  71. You Have a Brain by Dr Ben Carson
  72. Extraordinary, Ordinary, People by Condoleezza Rice
  73. Double Victory by Cheryl Mullenbach
  74. One Thousand Gifts Devotion by Ann Voskamp
  75. Best Little Stories of the Civil by c. Brian Kelly
  76. Just Passin ‘ Thru by Winton Porter
  77. The Great Books Reader by John Mark Reynolds
  78. Courage Has No Color by Tanya Lee Stone
  79. Zen Under Fire by Marianne Elliott
  80. Liar, Temptress, Soldiers, Spy by Bill O’Reilly
  81. Legends and Lies: The Real West by Bill O’Reilly
  82. 25 Years by General Bruce Jr Palmer
  83. Paris Letter by Janice MacLeod
  84. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austin
  85. The Fellowship by Phillip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski
  86. Bare Foot in Baghdad by Manal Omar
  87. Face Paint: The History of Makeup by Lisa Eldridge
  88. The Time Machine by H.C. Wells
  89. A View from My Buggy by Jerry S. Eicher and Nathan Miller
  90. Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Clifford Larson
  91. Behind Every Great Man: The Forgotten Behind the World’s Famous and Infamous by Marlena Wagman-Geller
  92. C. S. Lewis A Life: Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet by Alister McGrath
  93. Etiquette and Espionage By Gail Carriger
  94. At Our Home with God: A Complete Liturgical Guide for the Christian Home by Garvin Long
  95. Dressing: The Costumes of Star Wars A Galaxy by Trisha Biggar
  96. Women Heroes of World War II by Kathryn J, Atwood
  97. Road Fever by Tim Cahill
  98. The Christmas Quilt by Patricia Davids
  99. Warriors Do Not Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals
  100. My Dog the Paradox by Oatmeal
  101. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze (P.S) by Peter Hessler
  102. Christmas in Apple Ridge: The Sound of Sleigh Bells by Cindy Woodman
  103. Christmas in Apple Ridge: The Christmas Singing by Cindy Woodman
  104. Christmas in Apple Ridge: The Dawn Of Christmas by Cindy Woodman
  105. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
  106. A Curious Mind; the secret to a bigger life by Brian Grazer and Charles Fishman
  107. Paris In Love: A Memoir by Eloisa James
  108. Pearl Harbor Christmas: A World War In December by Stanley Weintraub
  109. Oddball Michigan: A Guide to 450 Really Strange Places by Jerome Polen
  110. The Pando Principle by Jay Hawkins and Adam O’Daniel
  111. Why’d They Wear That?: Fashion as the Mirror of History by Sarah Albee
  112. I Love Bacon by Jayne Rockmill
  113. ABC’s For Pastors by Dr James Keaton
  114. The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp
  115. Persuasion by Jane Austin
  116. A Tale of Three Kings by Gene Edwards
  117. My Life With The Chimpanzees by Jane Goodall

My Personal Top Songs of 2015

Yesterday Dale posted his top worship song “finds” of 2015.  This is my 2015 music related post.

My top two albums – severamWl of my favorite cuts from these albums are posted at the bottom.

Live Forever – Matthew West



mercy me

Welcome to the New – MercyMe – Back in March we got to see MercyMe on tour with the Rock and Worship Roadshow and they did several songs from this album.



My Top Songs of 2015

Beyond Me | TobyMac

I Am Not Alone | Kari Jobe

Something Beautiful | Steven Curtis Chapman

Feel It | TobyMac

Impossible | Building 429

Good Fight | Unspoken

Glow in the Dark | Jason Gray

Same Power | Jeremy Camp

Exhale | Plumb

Overwhelmed | Big Daddy Weave

He Knows | Jeremy Camp

Holy Spirit | Francesca Battestelli


Flawless | MercyMe

Grace Wins | Matthew West

Greater | MercyMe

New Lease on Life | MercyMe

Day One | Matthew West

World Changers | Matthew West

Oh, Me of Little Faith | Matthew West

2015 In Review | Running Edition


I’ll start this off by saying it was a tough year this year.  I ran in only two races:

  1. The Park-to-Park Half-Marathon in April
  2. ComfortCare Stride for Life 5K in May

The Park to Park was strange because in late April we had sleet.  Most people speak positively about Personal Records and the April race was a personal record in a bad way.  It was the slowest half-marathon time I ever recorded.  Part of that I blame on the lousy weather we had in the weeks leading up to the race.  The other is that I gained some Thanksgiving and Christmas pounds that I never took off.

The Stride for Life was a little different, while it wasn’t my fastest 5K, it was far from my slowest 5k ever.  I finished at under an 8 min/mile pace and finished third in my age division.

It was a tough year and a bit injury-ridden.  Just as I was really starting to pull it all together late this fall, I pulled a hamstring.  I just may have completed over 900 miles for the year, if I hadn’t got injured.  I thought I would put together a little chart that shows my last 6 years in running.  The first year, you will see is really short on mileage, because I didn’t start running until September.


As you can see this was my worst year mileage wise since 2010.  My goal for this year is to run somewhere between 1,100 and 1,300 miles.  The low end will require 100 miles a month while the high end will require around 110 miles a month.  I think it is a doable goal as long as I don’t injure myself.  It is going to require perseverance because I have to get runs in when I am not working at Chick-fil-A.  I’d also like to get those pounds off that I accumulated last year.

As you may have guessed I will keep you posted.  Pressing On!




My Favorite Worship Songs of 2015

While this is not a “Top 10” post, it is an end-of-year post.  I want to look back at some of the worship songs that became my favorites.  Some of these songs are my listening worship songs at the moment and some I have introduced to our congregations.  These are listed in no particular order.  Also, some of these you may note are not new songs, they have been around awhile, but I have just discovered them.

Crowder | Come As You Are

Man of Sorrows | Hillsong

Christ Is Enough | Hillsong

Marvelous Light | Ellie Holcomb

How Can It Be | Lauren Daigle

At The Cross  (Love Ran Red) | Chris Tomlin

This I Believe | Hillsong

Lamb of God | Vertical Church

Because He Lives (Amen) | Matt Maher

This Is Amazing Grace | Phil Wickham

Stronger | Hillsong

God Is Able | Hillsong

Even So Come | Kristian Stanfill

Same Power | Jeremy Camp

Sunday Night Thoughts

Sunday Night Thoughts

Most of us have heard of Christmas in July, but this year I think the weather is a little mixed up.  Thanks to a strong El Nino, we have enjoyed quite a warm December – that followed a warmer than normal November.  I’m not complaining at all.  In fact I am enjoying the warmer weather because it is keeping the heating bill down.

This weekend, I had a long weekend off because of Christmas.  Following work on Thursday, our family headed up to Pennsylvania to spend some time with my mom and dad.  We had a great time.  The time went way too fast because we had to return so that I could preach this morning.

I had the privilege of preaching at Waynesboro Wesleyan this morning.  I was without Pam because she is battling a cold.  The message was on Emmanuel: God with Us and the hope that we have because Jesus came in the flesh.  I hope to get the sermon uploaded over night and when I do, I will link it back to this page.  It has a unique twist in it about the Nativity of Revelation.  I’ll bet you didn’t know there was a Nativity story in Revelation.

This evening I returned by myself to preach a message on the importance of the wise men and what we can learn from them.

We have just one more week left of 2015 – needless to say it has been an interesting year.  Pam and I will be posting some thoughts on this year throughout the week.  Stay tuned for all of that.

I pray that your family has had a good Christmas and we will see you next week!