I debated on doing a favorite book list as I have done in years past. However, after looking back through my reading log I decided there were some books that demanded to be mentioned. In the past I have listed 10 books, this year I am going to mention the ones that really stand out and not aim for a specific number. I read a lot of good books in 2014, but I do have a specific criteria for this list. First, it must be generally edifying for any Christian. In other words, not a specialized work with a very narrow dense subject matter. Second, it must be accessible both in length and price. Here are my picks:
Gospel: How the Church Portrays the Beauty of Christ by Ray Ortlund
This book is good great. At several points while reading I thought, “I wish everyone in our church would read this book.” I don’t often re-read books, but this is one that I will definitely read again. (Note: this is NOT the same book we gave out at Redeemer this year.)
Christ Our Life by Michael Reeves
Well, it’s no secret that Michael Reeves has become one of my favorite writers. Like his previous ones, not only did this book not disappoint, but it exceeded my expectations. This specific work will be published in America under the title, Rejoicing in Christ, this spring making it more affordable.
The Evangelistic Zeal of George Whitefield by Steve Lawson
This was one of my vacation reads. I have really enjoyed this whole series of books and this addition was no different.
God Dwells Among Us: Expanding Eden to the Ends of the Earth by G.K. Beale and Mitchell Kim
Beale’s previous works have been very helpful and beneficial in showing how the Bible fits together. However, they are not the easiest reads and are on the longer side. As one of the endorsements on the back cover says, this book “brings decades of scholarship on this topic to a wider audience.”
Evangelism: How the Whole Church Speaks of Jesus by Mack Stiles
I have already read this book twice this year. (Based on what I said above that should tell you something.) Stiles writes about creating a culture of evangelism in the church. I pray Redeemer will see the kind of vision portrayed in this book take root and flourish.