Tuesday, January 03, 2012


One of my observations from being able to teach in different settings over the last few months is that (some) people love good book recommendations. They go into LifeWay or Barnes & Noble and they are overwhelmed at all the choices of "Christian" books available. Most of them are fed up with the self-help nonsense, they want something deeper, something meaningful, maybe even something to help them better learn how to read and understand their Bible. They don't want an academic textbook, they want something accessible, practical, readable, while also profitable to the soul. If you are one of those people I have a few book recommendations for you. These are all books I have either read myself or am planning to read this coming year.

J. D. Greear’s
Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary. This is the perfect book for Christians who need some theological and devotional “caffeine” and even more importantly, who need to rediscover the blazing center of the Christian life—the gospel.

Craig Bartholomew and Michael Goheen’s The True Story of the Whole World. This slim little 170-page volume presents the Bible as a unified and coherent narrative that is the true story of the whole world. For a more in-depth treatment by the same authors, see The Drama of Scripture: Finding Our Place in the Biblical Story.

John Piper’s Don’t Waste Your Life and/or David Platt’s Radical. Both are unsettling books. Piper and Platt challenge the reader to be shaped more by Jesus’ call to discipleship than by the American dream. Be careful with these books—they are dangerous.

C. J. Mahaney’s Living the Cross-Centered Life is a concise little book that shows us how to center our day on the life-giving reality of the gospel, and how to avoid the life-sapping temptations of legalism, condemnation, and feelings-centered Christianity.

Tim Keller's Prodigal God is a short little book that will blow the mind of most Christian readers. I have read and heard numerous sermons on this little Biblical story, but when I read this book I felt like I was seeing my faith in a whole new light, a very convicting and sanctifying read.

If you are still reading this post...good for you! You can handle these last two suggestions. The wimpy readers checked out when they read the title and saw there were no pictures with this post. You guys have read this far you can travel with me (via book) to the Middle East. Having done a good amount of research on good Middle Eastern books these are the two I came down on and plan to start on shortly: The Ayatollah Begs to Differ and The Shia Revival.

See also "Sending Santa to Amazon" by Bruce Ashford

1 comment:

Jeni said...

Loved reading your recommendations! Some of these are our favorites too! I'm about the start The Shia Revival soon. :)