How do you pick just five books?
Books are great for various reasons, but this list consist of those that had the greatest impact on me in 2015, especially the first three. The last two were both published in the last couple of years (Gospel Families in 2015) and should be considered top resources for families.
Provocations by Soren Kierkegaard
I’ve read a few books that I return to more than others because of their content and the pleasure of reading them. This book will be one. Kierkegaard writes as one who holds nothing back, but rather writes as if everything were in his journal. Provocations is convicting and hopeful for the Christian. Read it slowly (as if you had a choice)!
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
This book is another reason to say that sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction. The story of Louis Zamperini is riveting and captured so well in Laura Hillenbrand’s writing. I couldn’t put the book down until I finished. As captivating as his early life and wartime experiences were, the last couple of chapters were my favorite! I couldn’t recommend this book enough.
Knowing God by J. I. Packer
There’s a reason this book consistently shows up on “Books Every Christian Should Read” lists. I will be reading this one again.
Finally Free by Heath Lambert
Great resource for men in their call to live in purity. Very helpful. Lambert is both practical and theological. Both are necessary in the fight for purity.
Gospel Families by Jonathan Williams
A great read with a necessary perspective: that families make disciples and disciples reach the nations. Practical suggestions for what it looks like to apply the gospel to your family and to live out a gospel presence in your community.