This list is not necessarily the 10 best books I’ve read, just the most instrumental for that time in my life. (The hyperlinks are to my book reviews).
- Hudson Taylor (2 vol.), Mrs. Howard Taylor – Read these on the flight to and from Ghana in college. They confirmed God was calling me into missions.
- Foundations of Grace, Steve Lawson – Ransacks nearly every passage in Scripture addressing the doctrines of grace, thus convincing me of their joy and veracity.
- How to Read a Book, Mortimer Adler – Adler taught me that reading a book well is hard work. Pastors should master his fifteen rules of reading. Read the sequel too.
- The Calvary Road, Roy Hession – read this in Boulder, Colorado in my early 20’s and was the tool God used to shine the spotlight on a lot of pride in my life.
- Paul the Missionary, Eckhard Schnabel – this biblical and insightful book challenged me to reevaluate my missionary goals and methods in light of the apostle Paul.
- Shadow of the Almighty, Jim Elliot – Elliot became my hero in the two years before my departure to South Africa. He made we want to follow hard after God.
- Money, Possessions and Eternity, Randy Alcorn – read this with Lindy while in Mozambique. Helped shape the way we view, give and spend our money.
- The Doctrine of Repentance, Thomas Watson – no one has made me yearn to know the word and the Word more than Puritans. Watson’s vivid imagery is preeminent.
- John G. Paton Autobiography – expectedly, Paton filled me with courage and devotion. Unexpectedly, he gave me a contemporary model for church planting.
- Ephesians, Harold Hoehner – a tour de force; this commentary reminded me that doing word studies the old-fashioned way is the best way to find the text’s meaning.