Favorite Reads of 2017

Better late than never. That should be a title of a book. Maybe it is. If it is, it wasn’t one of my favorite reads in 2017. So, if you are looking to spend those Amazon gift cards you got from Uncle Ronnie, I got you. Looking for books to add to your list for 2018, here we go:

Top Reads:

The Imperfect Disciple by Jared C. Wilson

I love Jared’s writing. Not only because he writes with the agility of a unicycle riding bear in a Russian circus—the man worships as he writes about the grace of God. Read his books. Imperfect Disciple is a contender for my favorite book of his. Gospel Wakefulness is still king, for now, of the Wilsonian literary hill.

The Crucifixion by Fleming Rutledge

Exciting writing, accessible (mostly) theological deep dives , and engaging all the way. Rutledge gave us a masterwork on the cross of Christ. While I’m still wondering if I disagree with her on a few pages, the book is magnifico.

The Writer’s Diet by Helen Sword

I need books on writing. Maybe it’s because I’m such a hack, and I feel like I have an eye-patch and a glass eye every time I sit at my desk or pick up a pen. Sword’s book is not only helpful in what it teaches, it’s an example of non-flabby writing itself. It’s a double-dipped book.

The Remaining Finalists

The Whole Christ by Sinclair Ferguson

A helpful guide into understanding the nuances and dangers of legalism and antinomianism.

The Lost Sermons of Spurgeon Vol. 1 edited by Christian George (non-collectors edition)

The Spurg! The content—actual pictures!—of these discovered Spurgeon journals is incredible, the insights and footnotes provided by Dr. George are so helpful, and the publisher designed the books to look just like Spurgeon’s journals.

Struck: One Christian’s Reflections on Encountering Death by Russ Ramsey

Gripping. Russ’s journey through heart failure, surgery, post-op, suffering, and lament is an example of the kind of books, community, and honesty we need.

The Glamour of Grammar by Roy Peter Clark

Again, I didn’t pay attention in high school. So, this book helped me understand grammar a wee bit more.

Confessions by Augustine (Translation by Sarah Ruden)

A classic I’m slowly reading. I try to read a little bit, a page or two, every now and then. I find myself underlining a lot. There’s also a bunch of whoa-mama moments in here.

The Contemplative Pastor by Eugene Peterson

I haven’t read a lot of Peterson. I’m an idiot.

They Say We Are Infidels:On the Run from ISIS with Persecuted Christians in the Middle East by Mindy Belz

A heart-wrenching, encouraging, and convicting journey with the Christians in the Middle East who have lived (and still do) under the threat of persecution. Their joy and resilience is a model for us all.

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