Ten Book Recommendations for Pastor Appreciation 2018

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Every year I compile  a list of book recommendations for Pastor’s appreciation month. They would benefit any pastor who receives them as gifts next month. If you’re a pastor and get a gift card consider one of these titles. For last year’s list go here.

  1. Susie by Ray Rhodes (reviewed here).
  2. 12 Faithful Men edited by Collin Hansen and Jeff Robinson (reviewed here).
  3. High King of Heaven edited by John Macarthur (reviewed here).
  4. Love Thy Body by Nancy Pearcey (reviewed here).
  5. Preaching by the Book by R. Scott Pace (reviewed here).
  6. Preaching as Reminding by Jeffrey Arthurs (reviewed here).
  7. Walking Through Twilight by Douglas Groothuis (reviewed here).
  8. Becoming a Welcoming Church by Thom Rainer (reviewed here).
  9. Some Pastors and Teachers by Sinclair Ferguson.
  10. The Preacher’s Catechism by Lewis Allen

 

 

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Letters to an American Christian (A Review)

Bruce Ashford, provost of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, has written a valuable resource for Christians seeking to navigate our current cultural and political milieu without compromising Christian conviction.

Written in the form of letters to a young Christian in college Ashford addresses a wide range of issues. He addresses the role faith plays in the Christians public life, making clear that one’s faith influences life in both the public and private spheres. Ashford often makes clear that often times there is a reductionistic understanding of issues such as immigration on both the right and the left.  He helps readers think through hot-topic issues such as transgender movement and how Christians should respond to it.

I hope this book would have a wide readership and that those who read it will actually be moved to more thoughtful interaction with the issues of our day. If social media is any indication many believers are more prone to knee-jerk reaction than thoughtful response to the challenging cultural issues of our day. If you’re a parent of a teenager I would strongly recommend getting this book and studying it alongside your child. If your a pastor or youth pastor it would be a beneficial resource for believers of all ages.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of the book from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing it. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.

Jesus Revolution (A Review)

Jesus Revolution: How God Transformed an Unlikely Generation and How He Can Do It Again Today by [Laurie, Greg, Vaughn, Ellen]

Jesus Revolution by Greg Laurie & Ellen Vaughn

Looking at our contemporary context many find themselves asking if anything can transform a drug-addled and sexually confused culture. In this book which recounts how a generation which was much like the current one saw a mighty work of God. In this book Greg Laurie and Ellen Vaughn provides readers an eyewitness account of the Jesus Movement of the 60s and 70s especially as in relation to Laurie, Chuck Smith, and Calvary Chapel in California.

Having not had a great familiarity with the Jesus Movement I have found this book to be both historically informative and encouraging. Like any revival in the history of the church there were extremes and at times false converts, but as is seen in this book there was lasting good that occurred as a result of that movement. As the authors note in their concluding chapter, “Revivals are unorganized, messy, and fraught with risks for those who are not wearing the full armor of God (p. 245).”

I hope other readers will be as encouraged by this book and see the need of revival in the church today. While revival, a genuine work of God, cannot be manufactured it is something we should all pray for.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of the book from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing it. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.

The Call (A Review)

The Call by Os Guinness

The Call since its original publication 20 years ago has become a spiritual classic. In this work Os Guinness provides readers with a better understanding of the biblical teaching regarding the call of God.

In thirty chapters Guinness addresses the many different aspects of God as they are found in Scripture ranging from such topics as the call to be a distinct people in the world today to the final call of death in which believers are called home. This book is biblicaly rooted and gospel-centered. In every chapter one finds there is material for reflection and conviction. For instance in chapter 20 Guinness addresses the dangers of greed in relation to God’s exclusive call on our life. He points to the contrast of a calling economy and a commercial economy, pointing readers the fact that we are to live life for God’s sake. The chapters are short and this edition includes a study guide in the back to help readers reflect on the call of God. This book would lend itself well to either reading in a group study or as a daily devotional.

This book would prove to be beneficial to both believers and nonbelievers who are expressing interest in Christianity. I would heartily recommend this rich and engaging book to all readers.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of the book from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing it. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.

When We Say Father (A Review)

When We Say Father by Adrian Rogers and Steve Rogers

Adrian Rogers was one of the most important Southern Baptist pastors of the 20th century. He was a prolific preacher and author. One of the final writing projects Adrian Rogers undertook before his death was this book which has been edited and completed by his son Steve. In this book Rogers expounds Jesus’s teaching on prayer as found in Matthew’s gospel.

This book provides a devotional and practical look at Jesus’s teaching on prayer, specifically the Lord’s prayer. In six chapters Rogers addresses the petitions found in the Lord’s prayer providing insight on how these petitions should continue to shape and form our prayer life today. In the final chapter Rogers addresses the promise given regarding prayer in Matthew 7, namely that God promises to answer diligent prayer that is in accordance to His will.

If you’re looking for an easy to understand book on prayer this would be a great title to read or to pass on to new Christians.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of the book from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing it. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.