Top 10 Books of 2015

For the past few years, I’ve been keeping a list of books that I’ve finished. At the end of this year, I culled through the list and picked my “Top 10”.

These are not necessarily classics or books that I would agree with totally. But that are books that made me think. These are books that stuck with me, opened up new ideas and ones I would recommend to friends.

Here they are set in the order that I finished them in 2015:

  1. Reading for Preaching by Cornelius Plantinga Jr.

This book challenged me to carefully consider and expand what I read.

2. Sensing Jesus by Zack Eswine

Written by a friend and classmate from seminary, this deepened my understanding of the pastoral ministry.

3. Merciful by R. A. Nabors

Nabors is a long-time friend and mentor; this is the culmination of a lifetime thinking about church-based mercy ministry.

4. The Case for the Psalms by N.T. Wright

After I heard that Wright and Keller both have read all 150 Psalms monthly for years, I started a new habit.

5. Christ + City by Jon Dennis

A good overview of the both God’s heart for the city and the church’s calling in an urban context. The New City staff read it together this autumn.

6. How (Not) to be Secular by James K.A. Smith

Since my daughter’s attending Calvin College, I figured it’s time to read this from one of her potential professors. I was not disappointed.

7. Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Reading for Preaching got me reading this one.

8. It Starts with Food by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig

I had gained some weight but now I’m “normal” thanks to this book.

9. Building a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church by Mark DeYmaz

On sabbatical I’m reading several books on multi-ethnic churches; this is the best of the bunch.

10. The New Middle East by Paul Danaher

There are so many people from the Middle East in London, this helped me understand where they have come from.

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