#1 – I Am a Church Member: Discovering the Attitude That Makes the Difference by Thom S. Rainer (published by B&H Publishing, 2013). This book does not say enough about the mindset that a member of a local church should have towards his fellow members. The attempt at covering subjects like unity, preferences, desires, prayers, leadership, and church membership falls short of being a compelling resource. There are much better books on the subject. BOOK RATING: 6 out of 10 stars.

#2 – Hand in Hand: The Beauty of God’s Sovereignty and Meaningful Human Choice by Randy Alcorn (published by Multnomah Books, 2014). I found this book on a bargain shelf for $5 at Mardels – not thinking much of my purchase. After reading the first two chapters, I realized the gem I now owned. The balanced view of our free will and God’s sovereignty is no better represented and derived from Scripture than Alcorn’s book. There is not any other book I will recommend on the subject than this one. The middle chapters are admittedly not as helpful, but the first few and last few chapters are worth whatever you can buy it for. BOOK RATING: 10 out of 10 stars.

#3 – We Cannot Be Silent by R. Albert Mohler, Jr. (published by Nelson Books, 2015). Vintage Mohler. This is a helpful commentary on the changing views on sexuality in our culture. While Mohler does not give a biblical defense of God’s view of sexuality, he does rightly “flag the issues” and trends our culture is experiencing as it moves away from God’s design of marriage and sex. If you are looking for a Christian perspective on these issues, this is the book for you. BOOK RATING: 9 out of 10 stars.

#4 – Counseling One Another: A Theology of Interpersonal Discipleship by Paul Tautges. (published by Shepherd Press, 2015). This is a good book to put in the hands of someone who wants to see the similarities and differences between discipleship and counseling. The author does a fabulous job building a theology for why we counsel in the church and why it is a necessary part of our personal and communal sanctification. BOOK RATING: 10 out of 10 stars.

#5 – A Hunger for God: Desiring God through Fasting and Prayer by John Piper. (published by Crossway Books, 1997). Jesus assumed every Christian will fast. John Piper rightly elevates the discipline of fasting to a means of worship. This is not a book of “how to’s” when it comes to fasting but a book answering the “why’s” of fasting. BOOK RATING: 10 out of 10 stars.

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