I recognize that 2019 is not yet complete, but with the busyness of the remaining days in December I think my 2019 reading is, for the most part, complete. Please understand that just because I have read a book does not mean I necessarily agree with it, either in part or in whole.  After all, the student of learning must be willing to read authors from differing perspectives from time to time.  That being said, as I assume is true for virtually all diligent readers, I tend to read more books with which I have agreement.

Some books I was only able to read in part, and some of which I plan to finish in 2020, are Basic Economics (Sowell), Prosperity and Poverty (Beisner), The Real Crash (Schiff), Macroeconomics: Austrians vs. Keynesians (Long), Utopia for Realists (Bregman),[1] Education and the State (West), Pilgrim’s Progress (Bunyan), How Now Shall We Live? (Colson and Pearcey), The Republic (Plato), Evangelical Ethics (Davis), Darwin on Trial (Johnson), and Politics According to the Bible (Grudem).  Clearly, I have trouble disciplining myself in completing a book before moving on to another.  Alas!

The following are books I was able to read in full:

Economic Policy: Thoughts for Today and Tomorrow (von Mises)

Modern Principles: Microeconomics (Cowen and Tabarrok)

A Little History of Economics (Kishtainy)

Common Sense Economics (Gwartney, et al)

On Tyranny (Snyder)

Economics in One Lesson (Hazlitt)

Universal Basic Income: For and Against (Sameroff)

Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning (Wilson)

Political Thought: A Student’s Guide (Baker)

The Abolition of Man (Lewis)

An Introduction to Political Philosophy (Wolff)

Ethics and Moral Reasoning: A Student’s Guide (Mitchell)

A Student’s Guide to Political Philosophy (Mansfield)

The Problem with Socialism (DiLorenzo)

U.S. Government & Politics (Scardino)

Abortion (Sproul)

A Letter Concerning Toleration (Lock)

What do I plan on reading in 2020?

A key focus will be on reading classical works in the area of political philosophy.  This not only means completing Plato’s Republic but also reading Politics (Aristotle) and City of God (Augustine), although I know I won’t finish City of God with all the other books I intend on reading.  I also want to deepen my understanding of classical conservatism by reading A Political Philosophy: Arguments for Conservatism (Scruton), The Conservative Mind (Kirk), Reflections on the Revolution in France (Burke), and Unbelief and Revolution (van Prinsterer).  I also have in view to read The Essential Left: Marx, Engels, Lenin, Mao (McLellan, ed.) and A Concise History of Modern Europe: Liberty, Equality, Solidarity (Mason) to better understand the historical and ideological roots of the political and economic situations of our own day.  For a look at politics that covers a plethora of topics from a Christian perspective, I’ll be finishing Politics According to the Bible (Grudem).  For cultural and worldview analysis, I want to read The Universe Next Door (Sire) and The Madness of Crowds (Murray).  In the area of apologetics, I intend on reading Stealing from God (Turek), Can We Trust the Gospels? (Roberts), The Right Questions (Johnson), and finishing Darwin on Trial (Johnson).  In the area of philosophy, I want to start working through the books in the Contours of Christian Philosophy series.  This series includes books on epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, science, religion, and education; however, I’ll probably only get through their books on epistemology and education.  Regarding education, I also want to finish Education and the State (West) and read Privatizing Education and Educational Choice (Hakim, Seidenstat, and Bowman, eds.).  I will also be finishing Evangelical Ethics (Davis).  In the area of economics, I want to finish Utopia for Realists (Bregman) and write a critical review.  Theologically, I’ll be going through An Orthodox Catechism (Collins) and From Creation to the Cross: Understanding the First Half of the Bible (Baylis).  Additionally, I want to finish reading Pilgrim’s Progress (Bunyan).  A book that is more general in nature, covering worldview, Church, philosophy, (classical conservative) politics, education, and theology, is Contours of the Kuyperian Tradition (Bartholomew).

All of this reading in light of my university studies will, of course, be a challenge. However, I would rather have high expectations than low expectations.

Well, I must go read now.  Tolle lege!


[1] Once completed, I plan on writing a critical review of this book.