“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.” – Mark Twain
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BOOKS
My purpose for recommending books is to draw your attention to books that have had a significant positive impact in my life. They may be well-known bestsellers or they may be relatively obscure.
Family Driven Faith by Voddie Baucham – My highest recommendation. Life transforming call for parents to disciple their children.
Desiring God by John Piper – “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.” This is one of the most profound, important books you will ever read.
The Gospel According to Jesus by John MacArthur – This book was one of my earliest influences in my Christian walk.
What Jesus Demands from the World by John Piper – I’ve found this to be one of Piper’s most accessible books. Both profound and easy to read.
Twelve Ordinary Men by John MacArthur – An absolutely compelling study of the twelve disciples. This is John MacArthur at his expository best.
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo – If you can only read one of the great books of classic literature in your life, read this one. If you’ve seen one of the movies, it didn’t do the book justice (though the Broadway musical actually conveys the story very well.)
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson – This book proves that contemporary fiction with Christian themes can be good.
NOT SO HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
For the books that come not so highly recommended, I have limited my list to books that are very popular. You’ve probably seen all of them on the bestsellers lists. The only possible exception so far on the list is A Generous Orthodoxy by Brian McLaren. It is included, because, while not a runaway bestseller, it is definitely an influential book in today’s church.
Your Best Life Now by Joel Osteen – Feel good, self esteem drivel. Represents nearly everything that’s wrong with American evangelicalism today.
The Shack by William P. Young – What can I say about The Shack. It’s like a smorgasbord of heresy. I’ve compiled some reviews here. Check them out.
Wild at Heart by John Eldredge – This isn’t all bad. But it is mostly bad. I’ve written some further thoughts here.
A Generous Orthodoxy by Brian McLaren – Very, very generous