So jumping on the bandwagon of sharing top reads for the year, I kinda feel like it’s unfair to the books that were read at the beginning of the year. Unless they were really outstanding, they get lost in the memory as other books are read throughout the year. I seemed to have been much more critical of books that I read this year. My first book of the year that I rated 5 stars (out of 5) was actually a re-read of Tim Challies’ The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment.
Here are the books that stood out to me this year:
God Has Spoken by Gerald Bray: this was a very interesting read detailing quite thoroughly the history of how the doctrines of God and Christ and the Holy Spirit developed from the time of the apostles throughout church history. For those who like theology and enjoy church history, this combined both.
God’s Battle Plan for the Mind by David Saxton: a Biblical look at what meditation is and isn’t, with a look at how the Puritans defined it.
Seven Days that Divide the World by John Lennox: a look at the creation account in Genesis and some of the different views, such as old-earth creationism and young-earth creationism.
God’s Big Picture by Vaughan Roberts: excellent overview of the Bible in an easy-to-read format.
Let’s Study Ephesians by Sinclair Ferguson: readable commentary on the book of Ephesians.
Redefining Christianity: Understanding the Purpose Driven Movement by Bob DeWaay: a look at the pragmatism behind the purpose driven movement and how it has led evangelicalism away from the truth of Scripture.
Let’s Study Galatians by Derek Thomas: readable commentary on the book of Galatians.
The God Who Is There by D.A. Carson: another excellent overview of the whole Bible and its overarching story.
Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands by Paul David Tripp: how we can help each other in the body of Christ to grow in our sanctification.
Charismatic Chaos by John MacArthur: a look at the excesses of the charismatic movement and Word Faith movement and how it has led to mysticism and experiential Christianity instead of reliance on the truth of Scripture.