The Top 15 Books that I Plan to Read in 2013 (As of now)

top 15 books that I plan to read in 2013

My “To read” list continues to grow, because it seems that writers are writing faster than I am reading. Here are the books that I plan to read in 2013 as of now. Obviously as new books are put out, this list could change this coming year.

  1. The Reason for God by Tim Keller
  2. Simple Life by Thom Rainer
  3. Erasing Hell by Francis Chan
  4. Preach: Where theology meets practice by Mark Dever
  5. Glorious Ruin by Tullian Tchividjian
  6. Follow by David Platt (Coming February, 2013)
  7. Bloodlines by John Piper
  8. Raising the Bar by Alvin Reid
  9. Multiply by Francis Chan
  10. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
  11. Stop Asking Jesus into your heart: How to know for sure that you are saved by J.D. Greear
  12. You Lost me by David Kinnaman
  13. Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman
  14. Unleash by Perry Noble
  15. Jesus Centered Youth Ministry by Rick Lawrence

Question: What books are you planning on reading in the year 2013?

Published by Josh Evans

Josh is the connections pastor of the Oakleaf campus of Trinity Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL. Before that, Josh had been a mentor and pastor to students for 10 years. Josh is passionate about empowering church leaders to make a difference. Josh and his wife Abby have two children. You can connect further with Josh on this blog or send him a direct email at

14 thoughts on “The Top 15 Books that I Plan to Read in 2013 (As of now)

  1. Even though I’ve read it a gillion times, I’m really focusing in on “The Celebration of Discipline” this year. Each month I’m focusing on a different discipline, in hopes that it will become a part of my daily life. January, Meditation. 🙂

  2. I would highly recommend: What Would It Take For Youth To Come To Church? This book talks about ‘Social Innovation Within the Church.’ Hundreds of youth were surveyed at the street level. Numerous Youth Pastors were interviewed and over three hundred churches were visited to examine their receptiveness to youth. Although the data is scary, the recommendations for social innovation are clear and compelling. See

  3. Reading list, 2013:

    1. NKJV Bible

    2. One day at a time

    3. The courage to change

    4. Hope for today

    5. Psalms – NIV

    6. Proverbs – NIV

    7. No easy day (prep for military chaplaincy, special operations…)

  4. “Bloodline” by Piper is one of the best books on racial, Gospel unity I have ever read! Important subject and a great read. Also, “Raising the Bar” was one of the best youth ministry books I have ever read. Great list with many books I want to read this year as well! Thanks for sharing Josh!


  5. Josh,
    I have read a few of them, and actually got a little excited when I saw Follow by Platt, did not know about that one. Not a Fan is a phenomenal book, we actually did a weekend event based off of some of the points in it. One that I would recommend would be Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler, it is not theologically heavy but is a nice reminder. Another that I have heard to be amazing and is on my personal list is Love Does by Bob Goff. It is story after story of what happens when God’s love shows up. Thanks for your passion.

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