[This was posted elsewhere at the beginning of 2020. However, seeing as many of us are now stuck indoors with ample reading time on our hands, I thought it may be useful here!]
‘Tis the season for publishers and bloggers, bibliophiles and book connoisseurs to all offer their respective lists of exceptional and noteworthy reads from 2019. Below are some highlights from my own reading over the past twelve months. Perhaps you’ll find something that piques your interest.
A book that is OLD …
Over the last four or five years I’ve read a good number of books on evangelism in an attempt to hone my own understanding of this important doctrine and calling. However, there is only one book to which I’ve returned multiple times and this is it. Ruthlessly biblical and compassionately pastoral, Chafer’s offering is as clear as it is helpful.
… and one that is NEW …
We all wrestle with issues of pride and humility. Anyone who says differently doesn’t understand the war they’re actually in … and definitely needs to read this book! Burns models what I strive to do (and what all Christians should strive to do): going to the Scriptures to understand significant issues of the Christian life. It’s amazing how a book can simultaneously be a relatively easy and convictingly difficult read.
… a book that came RECOMMENDED …
Books like this one are important, particularly today when most of what is being published—both online and in print—seems to celebrate, promote, and, at times, even assume a Reformed and/or Calvinistic soteriology (that is, a deterministic, anti-freewill view of salvation). It’s absolutely everywhere. Rogers pushes back with some success. This isn’t an easy read nor is it without its idiosyncrasies, but to he or she who endures will be the rewards!
… and one for which I offered a REVIEW!
There are certainly worse topics on which one can spend time thinking than how we can better understand and enjoy closeness with our Heavenly Father. A more detailed review can be found here.
The Sofa Rule: A Biblical Approach to God’s Sovereignty and Human Responsibility by Christopher Cone
Welcome to the Family by R. Larry Moyer
101 Tips for Evangelism: Practical Ways to Enhance Your Witness by R. Larry Moyer
The Extent of the Atonement by David L. Allen
He Will Reign Forever: A Biblical Theology of the Kingdom of God by Michael J. Vlach
Liberating Ministry from the Success Syndrome by Kent and Barbara Hughes
What You Should Know About Inerrancy by Charles C. Ryrie
Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy: Discovering the Grace of Lament by Mark Vroegop
Susie: The Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon by Ray Rhodes Jr.