Time for the bibliophiles to post their favorite reads of the year. Here is my Goodreads Year of Books. Here are the 10 books that benefitted me most this year:
- The Story of Israel by Pate and Duvall - This is a dense but rich biblical theology that uses "sin/exile/restoration" as the key motif. I think this is extremely helpful, especially for a biblical theology of the Gospels. Jesus came to bring about the restoration of Israel, in His first coming.
- Galatians for You by Tim Keller - Galatians + Keller = Gospeliciousness. I love this series. Theological but practical and gospel-centered as well.
- Center Church by Tim Keller - What a treasure this is. I will refer back to it again and again. Its a gospel-driven manual for most things ecclesiology. Parts 1 & 2 are worth the price of the book (which you can buy separately here).
- Progressive Covenantalism by Wellum and Parker - Fantastic collection of essays on biblical-theological themes such as offspring, Sabbath, Israel, law, circumcision, land, and ethics pertinent to this "third way."
- The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses by Chris Bruno - I took a couple men's groups through this book this summer. Meets a real need. Biblical Theology for the normal Christian. Was great seeing light bulbs come on for several dudes. I love how it covers the forest by means of the trees.
- Thirty Years that Changed the World by Michael Green - This was probably my favorite read of the year. Combining rigorous biblical scholarship with a passion for Christ and the church results in my favorite kind of book. Green is a beast.
- Prodigal Church by Jared Wilson - This one stings at times. It is a critique of the attractional church model and a plea to return to old-school, gospel-centered ministry.
- Counterfeit Gods by Tim Keller - Keller on idolatry. Enough said. I only realized as I combed my reading log for the year that Keller would nail three of the ten. Not surprising. The man is a great combination of things that result in great books. Glad he waited so long to write a book a month.
- The Pastor by Eugene Peterson - Believe it or not, this was my first EP read. Of many. Always on guard against the pragmatization of the pastorate, his voice is a breath of fresh air. Cool to learn of his story in this one.
- Parenting by Paul Tripp - This is a "reorienting" book. Really good reminders. I took some young Dads through this one, and found myself wishing I would have started with his brother's book, Shepherding a Child's Heart, since it is a little more practical. But this is a great philosophy of God-centered parenting. Only wished he'd mentioned the place of spanking.
A few books I am most excited about reading in 2017:
- God at Work by Veith
- Mere Christianity by Lewis
- The Book of Isaiah & God's Kingdom by Abernathy
- Newton on Xn Life by Reinke
- Making Sense of God by Keller
- The Legacy of Luther by Sproul and Nichols