Book Reviews

Apologetics

  1. African Christian Ethics – Kunhiyop
  2. African Christian Theology – Kunhiyop; a simplified systematic theology applied to contemporary African life
  3. Blessed – Bowler; a superb historical account of the prosperity gospel in the US
  4. The Bondage of the Will – Luther
  5. Calvin and the Biblical Languages – Currid
  6. Christ’s Prophetic Plans – ed. MacArthur, Mayhue
  7. Darwin on Trial – Johnson
  8. Delighting in the Trinity – Reeves
  9. The Doctrine of Repentance – Watson
  10. An Essential Guide to Speaking in Tongues – Phillips
  11. Five Points of Calvinism – Steele, Thomas, Quinn
  12. The Gospel for Muslims – Anyabwile
  13. Neither Poverty Nor Riches – Blomberg
  14. Flame of Yahweh: Sexuality in the Old Testament – Davidson
  15. For the Glory of God – Block; a biblical theology of worship from an author both biblical and eclectic.
  16. God Wants You Well – Wommack 
  17. The Reason for God – Keller
  18. The Scripture Cannot Be Broken – ed. MacArthur
  19. The Serrated Edge – Wilson; Satire and ridicule are valid weapons for Christians to use in guarding truth and fighting error, as exemplified by Jesus and the Reformers.
  20. Slave – MacArthur; everyone is a slave, either to sin or to Christ.
  21. Theonomy in Christian Ethics – Bahnsen
  22. The Truth About Same-Sex Marriage – Lutzer
  23. Turning to God – Wells
  24. What’s Your Worldview? – Anderson; an interactive storyline designed to help the reader identify and clarify their worldview and its implications.

Biblical

  1. Coming to Grips With Genesis
  2. Ephesians Commentary – Hoehner
  3. Finally Alive – Piper
  4. Parables – MacArthur; Parables make hard truths understandable to the tender-hearted but hide truths to the hard-hearted.
  5. Showing the Spirit: A Theological Exposition of 1 Cor 12-14 – Carson

Christian Living

  1. Crazy Busy – DeYoung
  2. A Gospel Primer for Christians – Vincent
  3. The Grace of Shame – Bayly; a PCA pastor argues that the shame of homosexuality is a grace because it ought to push one to repentance.
  4. The Great Gain of Godliness – Watson
  5. Hole in our Holiness – DeYoung
  6. How to Speak How to Listen – Adler
  7. Ordering Your Private World – MacDonald
  8. Praying the Savior’s Way – Thomas
  9. Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices – Brooks
  10. Purity Principle – Alcorn
  11. Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment – Burroughs
  12. Resisting Gossip – Mitchell
  13. Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World – Mahaney

Historical

  1. Amy Carmichael – Murray; a rare brief biography by the great biographer himself. Overviews the life, victories and flaws of the celebrated woman missionary.
  2. Cry, the Beloved Country – Paton
  3. Hunting Eichmann – Bascom
  4. I Write What I Like – Biko
  5. Jan Christian Smuts: A Biography – Smuts
  6. John Adams – McCullough
  7. John G. Paton – Paton; a quotable, missionary classic of courage and evangelism among the cannibals of the South Seas.
  8. Reformation – Trueman; the Reformers can help the contemporary church fix many of their problems.

Family

  1. A Case for Classical Christian Education – Wilson; Because all education is religious and incapable of being morally neutral, classical Christian education is the solution.
  2. Boyhood and Beyond – Schultz; a biblical, old school primer on manly character traits written by a carpenter to aspiring men.
  3. Manly Dominion – Chanski
  4. Reforming Marriage – Wilson
  5. She Calls Me Daddy – Wulgemuth; a Christian perspective on how fathers are to raise their daughters. Light, practical, and humorous.
  6. Strengthening Your Marriage – Mack
  7. Swiss Family Robinson – Wyss
  8. Withhold Not Correction – Ray

Missions

  1. A Company of Heroes – Keesee; poetic journal entries of known and unknown missionaries and their stories
  2. When Helping Hurts (Part 123456) – Corbett and Fickert
  3. Missionary Methods: St. Paul’s or Ours – Allen
  4. Paul the Missionary – Schnabel
  5. Silence – Endo

Pastoral

  1. Addictions – Welch
  2. The Conviction to Lead – Mohler; leadership is not management; it is the combo of competence and character. Book has added weight due to Mohler’s credentials.
  3. Deep Preaching – Edwards
  4. The Forgotten Spurgeon – Murray
  5. How to Help People Change – Adams
  6. Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage – Adams
  7. Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor – Carson
  8. The Ministry – Brown; a small paperback first delivered to seminary students on the nature of ministry. The closing sections on visitation and Communion are the best.
  9. Only a Prayer Meeting – Spurgeon; a collection of small sermons on prayer. Surgeon, who says ‘only’ is a wicked word, urges churches not to let the prayer meeting die.
  10. Paul’s Theology of Preaching – Litfin; an exegesis and application of 1 Co. 1-4. Preachers are proclaimers not orators, their duty attention/explanation, not yielding.
  11. The Power of Speaking God’s Word – Ellsworth
  12. Preaching? Simple Teaching on Simple Preaching – Motyer; Sermons are bad because they are confusing. Preachers improve when they learn to be plain & unmistakable.
  13. Preaching Pure and Simple – Ollyott
  14. Pulpit Aflame – eds. Beeke and Benge; a steady guide to good expositional preaching by some of the best Reformed preachers today.
  15. The Real Scandal of the Evangelical Mind – Trueman; the real scandal is no Evangel, not no mind. The term “evangelical” has virtually no meaning today.
  16. Saving Eutychus – Millar, Campbell
  17. The Trellis and the Vine – Marshall, Payne
  18. What is the Mission of the Church – DeYoung, Gilbert; the mission of the church is the Great Commission, not social justice.
  19. Why Johnny Can’t Sing Hymns – Gordon; a unique book on style in music. Johnny can’t sing hymns because he is addicted to pop culture.

Worldly

  1. Culture Counts – Scruton; a book of tools to judge the virtues of culture
  2. The Devil’s Dictionary – Bierce; a dictionary of satire
  3. Heart of Darkness – Conrad; a brief novel about a man who goes to deep, dark Africa and discovers the deep, dark wickedness of the human heart.
  4. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Stevenson; a classic novel on total depravity, showing how the best attempts to control our own sin are useless.
  5. The New Well-Tempered Sentence – Gordon; a creative book on punctuation designed to make the reader gasp, guffaw, and giggle.
  6. Unstuck – Perman; it’s not enough to protect your time. You must protect your focus.
  7. Wordsmithy – Wilson; seven tips for better writing that are witty, quotable, and humorous.

 

 

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