#1 – The Printer and the Preacher: Ben Franklin, George Whitefield, and the Surprising Friendship That Invented America by Randy Petersen (published by Nelson Books, 2015). Not many know of or forget that Franklin and Whitefield were contemporaries of one another and good friends. This book, while not the most engaging of an historical book, is helpful in sketching the culture in America that helped shape two of the most significant thinkers in our nation’s past. BOOK RATING: 9 out of 10 stars.
#2 – Promises Made: The Message of the Old Testament by Mark Dever (published by Crossway Books, 2006). What Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology accomplishes as a doctrinal resource, this book by Dever does the same for O.T. book backgrounds resources. What I mean is that you get great information in each chapter and encouraging devotional material. Dever paints pictures of each O.T. book, and makes them practical, with each chapter ending with about 10 discussion questions. It would be a great resource for your personal library, or a Sunday school class or small group wanting to pursue a survey of the O.T., or as a preaching reference. I can’t wait to read the companion book surveying the books of the N.T. BOOK RATING: 10 out of 10 stars.