Books I Read in April 2015

The Tuesday feature of the Worldly Saints is all about reading. The post is meant to share some of my reflections from the latest book or magazine article or blog post I have or am reading. At times, I may post a book blurb (a wannabe book review) or recommend books to be read by others.

 

#1 – The Inspiration and Authority of the Bible by Benjamin Warfield. One of our freebies from Shepherds’ Conference this year was this book. To my shame, I had not picked up, referenced or read this book. And for the life of me, I cannot imagine why? What a jewel this work is to the subject of bibliology. I would not recommend reading this book fast, as it is fairly scholarly in nature. But if you want to elevate your love for the Bible, start here.

BOOK RATING: 10 out of 10 stars.

 

#2 – Fundamentalism and the Word of God by J.I. Packer. If you are looking for an abbreviated resource that unpacks the meaning of the word “fundamentalism” and how it reacted (rightly so) to liberalism last century, this is your book. Packer’s chapters= on the Bible’s authority is the highlight of the book and worth reading if one is ever going to do a related study in bibliology.

BOOK RATING: 8 out of 10 stars.

 

#3 – The Supremacy of God in Preaching by John Piper. This is not a book homiletics. It will not give you a “how to” of preaching. What it will do is inspire you to make much of God in every sermon. As Piper peers over the shoulders of John Calvin and Jonathan Edwards, he also lets you into the relationship between one’s devotional life and their preaching. One impacts the other.

BOOK RATING: 9 out of 10 stars.

 

#4 – Is God Anti-gay? by Sam Alberry. Other than not directly answering the question posed with the book title, I found this book to be helpful in summarizing in generalities God’s view of homosexuality and our response as Christians to those who profess to be Christian and gay. There are a few other books I would recommend before this one, but if you only have an hour or two to read something, this will give you some “bullet points” to think through on the topic.

BOOK RATING: 9 out of 10 stars.

 

#5 – The Life of Martyn Lloyd-Jones by Iain Murray. This is not the 2-volume work Murray also has available on the life of Lloyd-Jones, but I would recommend this one above the other for the following reason: it trims out a lot of needless information that most readers won’t be interested in (e.g., church meeting conversations). Because I love biographies, I raced through this one. When you make a list of biographies to read, make sure this book about this English pastor of Westminster Chapel in London, England from the last century gets on your list.

BOOK RATING: 10 out of 10 stars.

 

#6 – Why Believe the Bible? by John MacArthur. I didn’t learn much from this book, and I hope you don’t take that the wrong way and think I am being egotistical. It is a book I would say whose audience it the new Christian who doesn’t know much, if anything, about the Bible and why we should view it as authoritative and sufficient. If you are not a part of that audience, I would recommend you save your money for another book in bibliology.

BOOK RATING: 7 out of 10 stars.

 

#7 – Sanctification: The Christian’s Pursuit of God-Given Holiness by Michael Riccardi. This book is just simply an expansion of the thought in II Corinthians 3:18 where Paul says we are being transformed into his image. Any book that never references the classic work on sanctification – J.C. Ryle’s book Holiness – is not worth much consideration.

BOOK RATING: 6 out of 10 stars.

 

 

 

 

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