Top Ten Reads of 2016

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