2014 book list.

Asterisk means it’s a re-read.

January 13: Robert Galbraith, The Cuckoo’s Calling
February 1: Mary Roach, Stiff
February 7: Mason Currey, Daily Routines
February 14: Mary Karr, Sinners Welcome
*February 21: Jen Hatmaker, 7
February 24: Preston Sprinkle, Fight: A Christian Case for Nonviolence
March 8: William Styron, Darkness Visible
March 22: Adam Feldman, Journaling: Catalyzing Spiritual Growth Through Reflection
April 14: Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind
*April 15: C.S. Lewis, Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly On Prayer
*April 23: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House in the Big Woods
May 4: Eugene Peterson, The Jesus Way
May 19: John T. Edge, Southern Belly
*May 20: Lauren Winner, Mudhouse Sabbath
May 21: George Orwell, Animal Farm
*May 26: Tim Keller and Katherine Leary Alsdorf, Every Good Endeavor
*June 11: N.T. Wright, Surprised By Hope
*June 14: John Green, The Fault In Our Stars
June 28: Jan Karon, A New Song
July 22: Katherine Boo, Behind the Beautiful Forevers
August 2: Dorothy Sayers, Whose Body?
*August 8: Bob Kauflin, Worship Matters
August 15: Robert Galbraith, The Silkworm
September 12: Molly Wizenberg, Delancey
October 10: Andy Weir, The Martian
*October 11: Michael Chabon, Wonder Boys
October 25: Tim Keller, Center Church
November 7: Matt Perman, What’s Best Next
November 8: John Steinbeck, Travels With Charley
December 1: Tim Keller, Encounters With Jesus
December 8: Tim Keller, Prayer
December 12: Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man’s Fear
December 21: Tim Chester, A Meal With Jesus
December 23: Jan Karon, Shepherds Abiding
December 25: Billy Collins, Horoscopes For the Dead
December 30: John Piper, Seeing Beauty and Saying Beautifully
*December 31: Andrew Peterson, On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness

Fiction: 13
Non-fiction: 22
Poetry: 2
Most read author: Tim Keller
Top 10 new reads, in no particular order: Prayer, Stiff, The Silkworm, The Name of the Wind, The Wise Man’s Fear, What’s Best Next, Travels With Charley, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, The Martian, Center Church (especially the chapters on renewal)

25 things: 2014 in review.

1. Birthday: Dinosaur finger puppets, lunch w/my pastor, my parents giving me $29 in $1 bills
2. Pneumonia: Ughh.
3. 12th Doctor.
4. Difficult hashtags (find them on Twitter): #HowOldWereYou. #Ferguson. #YesAllWomen. #Mosul.
5. Pastor search at church. (We found one. He’s all right. :D)
6. Praying: For friends. For the church. For the country. For our brothers and sisters being persecuted. For revival.
7. Galveston: Pictionary. The whiskey that shall not be named. Settlers of Catan. Beach. Sunburns. “Beware!!!”
8. Framework on Wednesday nights.
9. Oh yes: Winter Olympics!
10. Watching the World Cup with the Dobbs and Steph (and then watching The Emperor’s New Groove afterwards).
11. Getting emailed a recipe from someone I only know through Twitter, which is a first.
12. The Sunday we set up church in 30 minutes…
13. Easter: Breakfast tacos before church, party at the Mullens’ after.
14. All the talk about mental illness after Robin Williams’ death.
15. Actual conversation had at work: “Can you help me figure this origami pattern out?” “Sorry, I’m the wrong person to ask about that.” “But…origami’s from Asia, you look Asian…” “………..”
16. Parties: Baby showers and sprinkles, birthday parties, CG Christmas party (including dancing from our fearless leader Nick Likos), the Mullens’ Christmas party, the going-away party for the Stroms
17. OH HEY I GOT A NEW JOB. (I don’t start until 2015, but I got the news and all a couple of weeks ago.)
18. Going to see this Korean folk dance show with Meagan, Chris, and Ephrem
19. Oh, yeah, speaking of parties, all the complete madness and joy that was planning and executing Kaleo’s 10th anniversary party and rebranding.
20. Lots of texts–hilarious, serious, sad news, great news, radio silence
21. The saga of my grandma and the ring (ask me about it if you’re curious)
22. Um so I wrote a song all by myself and it’s part of our regular rotation at church now and I was nervous as heck the first Sunday we sang it but people like it so yay
23. Finding out that I was not actually born in Seoul, but rather out in the country, in a South Korean county that’s 1/3 the size of the city of Houston and is about 70% forest (seriously! I actually looked at my records this year and this blew my mind).
24. Wrestling: With hormones, with my sin, with calling, with the thought that maybe I’m just stuck like this and won’t ever change, with whether or not I actually believe; for joy, for hope, for trying to find God nonetheless.
25. And in the middle of all that, God finding me.