My Top Books for 2015

Happy 2016!

In a blink of an eye 2015 is now over and 2016 has began. Here are some books I really enjoyed in 2015 and recommend to you.

God’s Battle Plan for the Mind: The Puritan Practice of Biblical Meditation [Review]
I found this book to be exceptionally well written, it is be an excellent book on meditation. Not only so, this is an excellent introduction to the Puritans, Saxton consistently quotes different Puritans and what they have to say about meditation. It was truly a joy to read this book and will certainty be the book I’ll refer others to when talking about this topic. Highly recommended for every christian.

Common Grace and the Gospel [Review]
Well this book is surprisingly readable as compared to Van Til’s some other book, it can be difficult to follow at times. But for those who reflect deeply on what Van Til has written, they will benefit much from this valuable volume.
Recommended for those who wants to have a good understanding of common grace, however this book is not meant to be an introduction to those who are unfamiliar to the topic. Seminary students or avid fans of Van Til will find this volume to be extremely rewarding.

Luther on the Christian Life: Cross and Freedom [Review]
This book has been a great introduction to Luther, and has made me want to read Luther more. I hope anyone who is interested in Luther will read this book. Highly recommended for those who need an introduction to Luther. As with every other book in this series, I’ve enjoyed and benefitted from reading it and look forward to reading the next book within this series.

Ministries of Mercy, Third Edition: The Call of the Jericho Road [Review]
Overall, I have often this book to be an excellent book to read if you’re thinking about how you or the church can grow in the social justice aspect. I’m sure this book will be a good biblical and practical guide for you. Recommended for pastors or ministry leaders serving in this aspect.

Newton on the Christian Life: To Live Is Christ [Review]
If you are a pastor, or if you are thinking of going into the pastoral ministry, I cannot recommend this book highly enough for you. You will first be cared for pastorally and then learn to care for your congregation pastorally. For those who are doing any form of mentoring or counselling or even if you’re going dry in your christian life, read this book and let Pastor Newton give you some of his counsel. Personally I’ve been helped by the advice of this seasoned pastor and hope one day to be as pastoral in the way I interact with my congregation in future.

Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World [Review]
This book is certainty one I will recommend for any christian, especially if you think the christian life is only about being zealous to God. I hope you will see that the bible’s teaching is certainly not about zeal but about growing sustainably in the word of God. We need no other source nor do we need anything to zest it up.

Onward: Engaging the Culture Without Losing the Gospel [Review]
I really appreciate how Moore ended his book calling christians not to have a defeatist mindset, rather we have to look ahead to how God will lead His own people. Our trust remains on God… Moore leaves the readers with great expectation that God can and maybe will do great things in the near future. In the meantime, let us learn to live lives faithful to what the Bible calls us to and loving proclaim what God has spoken to us to the world.

Let the Earth Hear His Voice: Strategies for Overcoming Bottlenecks in Preaching God’s Word  [Review]
Personally I was helped by this book, most of the books on preaching do not really deal with this bottlenecks at such a detailed level and I’m thankful that such a book has finally been published. If you’re looking for a book to help you with the  practical issues in preaching, then this is the book for you. Pastors should get this book and review their preaching every year or every two years. I’m sure they will find themselves preaching better and better as the years goes by.

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My Top Ten Books for 2014 (26/12)

Happy Boxing Day!

As this year comes to an end, here are the books that I think are really good and you ought to give them a read.

Prone to Wander: Prayers of Confession and Celebration [Review]
Which is why I love this book, this book helps christians to pray. They are good, biblical and sound prayers that’s fit for every christian to learn.

The Problem of Good: When the World Seems Fine Without God [Review]
The problem of evil is not a strange question for christians. But what about the problem of good? What do you do with non-christians who live morally good and proper lives, who’s happily living without God? Common grace is the answer!

New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional [Review]
This is a highly recommended devotional since there is far too little devotional material that shows us how to apply all the word of God in all areas of our lives and at the same time reminds us of the goodness of the gospel.

Edwards on the Christian Life: Alive to the Beauty of God [Review]
I cannot recommend this book highly enough if you really want to understand Jonathan Edwards.

Loving My (LGBT) Neighbor: Being Friends in Grace and Truth [Review]
So I do encourage any christian who wants to grow in knowing how we can love our LGBT in a practical and biblical manner to read this book.

For the Glory of God: Recovering a Biblical Theology of Worship [Review]
Highly recommended for pastors and worship leaders to think deeply, biblically on this topic. Be warned though, to complete this book will be no walk in the park, but you will be deeply rewards for your efforts, and thankful to God for what Block has done for the christian community.

What’s Your Worldview?: An Interactive Approach to Life’s Big Questions [Review]
This is a great book for christians who wants to share with people of other faiths (or with no particular faiths). This would help the christian have a brief understanding of what others believe, and also what are some things that the Christian can ask in response to what they believe.

What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done [Review]
Highly recommended for all christians who wishes to be more productive, and also know why they should be more productive.

The Word of the Lord: Seeing Jesus in the Prophets [Review]
The book is highly recommend for every christian, especially for preachers. This book would really help preachers see how they can preach the text faithfully, with a Christ-centered focus and also have practical day-to-day application of the text in the believer’s life.

Dispatches from the Front: Stories of Gospel Advance in the World’s Difficult Places [Review]
I would highly recommend every christian to read this book, especially those who want to know more about missions.

What about you? What were you favourite reads for 2014? Let me know by leaving me a comment about it!