Books I Finished in 2017

  1. The Parish Handbook – Bob Mayo (The A-Z of parish life from my friend)
  2. Simplicity in Preaching – J.C. Ryle (More of a booklet than a book but loads of golden nuggets here!)
  3. Letters to a Young Calvinist – James K.A. Smith (I’m going to be giving this one to a few young friends)
  4. The Acts of the Risen Lord Jesus – Alan J. Thompson (Biblical-theological look at Acts)
  5.  Seeking refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis – Stephan Bauman (How does the church respond to the current crisis?)
  6. Rudolf Bultmann ~ Ian Henderson (Brief book on the German theologian’s life & thought)
  7. Survive or Thrive: 6 Relationships Every Pastor Needs – Jimmy Dodd (It’s time for pastors to open up their lives)
  8. Church in Hard Places – Mez McConnell & Mike McKinley (How the local church brings life to the poor and needy)
  9. Prisoners of Geography – Tim Marshall (A fascinating look at how the physical features of a country impacts politics)
  10. The World on Our Doorstep – Dewi Hughes (UK evangelicals and other faiths)
  11.  Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Novel set in the Nigerian civil war of the late 60’s)
  12. But Beautiful – Geoff Dyer  (Quirky look at the lives of jazz masters)
  13. Redemption Accomplished and Applied – John Murray (After 25 years, time to read again & still a classic reformed understanding of salvation)
  14. Like Father, Like Son – Pete Alwinson (How knowing God as father changes men)
  15. Quench Your Own Thirst – Jim Koch (Founder of Samuel Adams brewery shares a few business lessons)
  16. The Forgotten Spurgeon – Ian Murray  (A look at 3 great controversies during Spurgeon’s life)
  17. Leading Cross-Culturally – Sherwood G. Lingenfelter (Unique and not-so-unique issues facing multi-ethnic leaders)
  18. Leading with a Limp – Dan Allender (Best book on leadership I’ve ever read)
  19. Union with Christ – Rankin Wilbourne (Uncovering a key forgotten doctrine)
  20. Silence – Shusaku Endo (Japanese historical fiction set in the 1600’s)
  21. Praying with Paul – D. A. Carson (A Call to Spiritual Reformation)
  22. One to One Bible Reading – David Helm (Little book encouraging…)
  23. Getting Things Done (2nd Edition) – David Allen (the art of stress-free productivity)
  24. Institutes of the Christian Religion, Vol. 1 – John Calvin (Vitally important historic theology)
  25.  Destiny – David Gibson (Great book on Ecclesiastes by friend & fellow IPC pastor)
  26. Dispatches From Syria – Janine Di Giovanni (First-hand account of the war in Syria)
  27. Luther and the 9.5 Theses – Kenneth Brownell (Short book on Luther and the need for reformation today)
  28. The Meaning of Marriage – Tim & Kathy Keller (Great to read again for New City’s marriage class)
  29. Scary Close – Don Miller (Personal insights into revealing yourself & finding intimacy)
  30. Brothers, We are Not Professionals – John Piper (Personal cry for pastors to live radical lives)
  31. Preparation for Ministry – Allan Harman (Short book for those thinking about becoming pastors)
  32. Befriend – Scott Sauls (Jesus models a much richer vision of friendship)
  33. The Locust Effect – Gary Haugen (Violence keeps poor people poor. Yes – something can be done)
  34. Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates (A personal reflection on the American concept of “race”)
  35. Same-Sex Attraction and the Church – Ed Shaw (Personal & theological reflections on…)
  36. Blood Work – Anthony Carter (The cross is central to the faith)
  37. Hillbilly Elegy – J.D. Vance (Eye-opening and heartbreaking)
  38. This is London – Ben Judah (Stories and more stories from London)
  39. Kidnapped – Olaudah Equiano (Published in 1789; tells the story of an African kidnapped and forced into slavery)
  40. The Next Story – Tim Challies (How does technology impact your Christian walk?)
  41. Confessing the Faith – Chad Van Dixhoorn (Very helpful commentary on the WCF)
  42. The Church – Edmund Clowney (Doctrinal overview of the church)
  43. The Tech-Wise Family – Andy Crouch  (Live fully with technology instead of being used by it)
  44. God’s Leader – Andy Mason (Devotional chapters from an urban London pastor)
  45. White Awake – Daniel Hill (Profound book for Christians who are white)
  46. Forgive Us – Cannon, Harper, Jackson & Rah (The US church needs to lament)
  47. Reconciling All Things – Katongole & Rice (A Christian vision for justice, peace & healing)
  48. Christ and Reconciliation – Veli-Matti Karkkainen (An attempt to move “academic Christian theology from the slumber of Euro-American hegemony”)
  49. Barking Up the Wrong Tree – Eric Barker (The surprising science behind success)
  50. A Journey to Wholeness – Mark Belz (The gospel according to Naaman’s slave girl)
  51. Born A Crime – Trevor Noah (The comedian’s story of growing up mixed-race in South Africa)
  52. Finding Faithful Elders & Deacons – Thabiti Anyabwile (Helpful book breaking down 1 Tim 3 and Titus 1 into practical reality)
  53. The Incarnation in the Gospels – Doriani, Ryken & Phillips (Soul medicine during Advent)
  54. Evangelical Theology – Michael Bird (Highly recommended systematic theology written with the gospel at the center)
  55. The Good Immigrant – Edited by Nikesh Shukla (21 essays by 1st & 2nd gen British immigrants)
  56. Teaching: The Heart of God’s Redemptive Program – James “Buck” Hatch (Short book with my grandfather’s thoughts on teaching)
  57. Falling Upward – Richard Rohr (Franciscan priest shares lessons on the second half of life)
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