Jonathan Edwards / Iain Murray / Biography
One of America’s greatest minds, Jonathan Edwards was a pastor, theologian, philosopher, and missionary. Iain Murray’s account of Edward’s life is one of the most captivating biographies I’ve ever read. This book not only gives tremendous detail to the life of Edwards, but also nurtures the soul. Highly recommended.
Biblical Foundations for Baptist Churches / John Hammett / Church Ministry
In an age where the average church attendee is mostly unaware of denominational distinctives, Hammett offers insight into what makes the Baptists who they are. This is not only a great introduction to Baptist distinctives, but also a great read for anyone interested in church doctrine. It is both comprehensive and biblical.
To Change the World / James David Hunter / Cultural Engagement
To Change the World is all about how Christians are to interact with the world around them for the purpose of changing culture. Unfortunately, past and current attempts by Christians are marked by struggles for power that won’t result in long-term change. Hunter argues, above all, that it will take the faithful presence of Christians to make a lasting difference.
Reasonable Faith / William Lane Craig / Apologetics
William Lane Craig could possibly be the foremost apologist of our time. In this particular work he interacts with current and historical sources to argue that the existence of God and exclusivity of Christ actually make sense. Sometimes over my head, but a great work for the Christian faith.
Learning Theology with the Church Fathers / Christopher Hall / Theology, Church History
This may be my pick for favorite book of the year. Hall’s Learning Theology with the Church Fathers is both a historical and theological work. Hall shows how the church has always held orthodox beliefs such as the Trinity and the providence of God. He also highlights many of the controversies that arose in the early church and shows how the church dealt with such issues.
The 360 Degree Leader / John Maxwell / Leadership
Possibly one of the most complete books on leadership. Maxwell draws on his extensive past in the realm of leadership to show that being an effective leader is not a matter of position or title, but one of character and influence. Reading this book, you’ll learn how to make a difference on the people who are above you, on the same level as you and below you in an organization.
Life Together / Dietrich Bonhoeffer / Spiritual Growth
Another candidate for favorite book of the year, Life Together explores the reality and the privileges of the Christian community. Bonhoeffer’s work is especially excellent because of its Christ-centered approach. This book would be beneficial for any Christian community or family.
The Last Battle / C.S. Lewis / Fiction
This book made the list more for the entire series, The Chronicles of Narnia. I’ve read these books over the last two years and enjoyed every story. Overall, a great read for anyone, but especially great for children.
With Christ in the School of Prayer / Andrew Murray / Spiritual Growth
It’s been recommended to me to read at least one book on prayer every year. This was my book of the year and it was well worth it. With Christ in the School of Prayer opened my eyes to the necessity and power of prayer. God has given us the privilege of communication and with it comes great opportunity.
An Enquiry into the Obligations of Christians to Use Means for the Conversion of the Heathens / William Carey / Missions
I read the Kindle edition of Carey’s classic (free on Amazon). In a time when missions was not common, Carey preached that it was the obligation of Christians to either go or send overseas. His defense of missions is one of the best. He also provides a substantial amount of historical information, tracing the activity of Christian missions from the New Testament church to his modern-day.