Resolving to Read Books
By far the Bible is our primary book for reading. This is the authority in our lives and the fuel of our souls. But there are a number of other great books that can help illuminate the Bible’s great story. I would like to take a moment to recommend some books to consider reading this year.
On Christian Living
The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller. This is one of the best books I have ever read. It has given me a deeper and more profound appreciation for the gospel. £5.28 from The Book Depository, £6.39 from The Good Book Co.
Living The Cross Centered Life by CJ Mahaney. Mahaney argues that the cross isn’t just for coming to Christ, but also abiding in Christ. This is an excellent read and deserves a place on your bookshelf. We will be using this book for our discipleship course. £6.90 from The Book Depository, £8.09 from The Good Book Co.
Fresh Wind Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala. This is an excellent book on prayer. Cymbala’s book blends Scripture with testimonies of the power of a praying church. I dare you not to feel inspired to pray after reading this book. I’ve read through this book probably about five times. £7.10 from The Book Depository, £9.16 from Eden.
Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp. How do we train our children? Do we raise them to be little legalistic rule keepers? Do we let them rule in order to keep peace? Or do we give our children the gospel by reflecting God’s interaction with us to them? If you have younger children, this is a must read. £7.17 from The Book Depository, £10.71 from Eden.
The Masculine Mandate by Richard Philips. In a society that has emasculated men, this is a helpful book to bring men back to the masculine mandate of our creaturehood. What does it mean to be a man after God’s creative design? This book is helpful in answering that question. £8.45 from The Book Depository, £11.50 from Eden.
Feminine Appeal by Carolyn Mahaney. I haven’t read this volume, but Dianna has. She has used this book to help disciple young ladies. Mahaney, looking at Scripture, focuses on the beauty of femininity according to God’s creative purposes. £7.16 from The Book Depository, £7.99 from The Good Book Co.
Bruchko by Bruce Olson. Olson is a missionary to the Motilone Indians in South America. In this biography, he breaks all types of missionary theory and traditions seeking to bring Jesus to this tribe. This book is refreshing and inspiring. It is also a great book to read with the kids at bedtime. £4.99 from The Book Depository, £9.88 from Eden.
On Theology and Doctrine
Bible Doctrine by Wayne Grudem is a top notch systematic theology that is accessible. This is an abridgement of his work Systematic Theology. We will be using Bible Doctrine for our discipleship course beginning in the New Year. £13.74 from The Book Depository, £15.99 from The Good Book Co (if you are interested in this volume, I may be able to buy at a discounted rate).