I guess it has turned into something of a tradition here. Most bloggers do a best of … referring to books released in that year. I’m a little different. My best of is of the books I’ve read w/out respect to when they were published.
I don’t have these in any particular order aside from when I finished reading them. Or at least blogged about them. So, here we go!
A Guide to Christian Living by John Calvin. This is taken from the newest translation of the Institutes, which I am currently reading. This is a great book to give away.
Shot All to Hell by Mark Lee Gardner is about the final attempted bank robbery of the James-Younger gang. I found it fascinating. And it has one captivating title.
Antinomianism by Mark Jones. I consider this a must read.
Smart Money with Purpose by Joe Kesler. A short but very good book about money from a Christian perspective.
Calvin and the Sabbath by Richard Gaffin. This is not an easy read, but very helpful in understanding Calvin’s understanding of the Sabbath.
Speaking the Truth in Love: The Life and Legacy of Roger Nicole by David Bailey. I considered it a great privilege to study under Dr. Nicole. It was great to learn more about this godly man.
Legend by Eric Blehm. Blehm tells the story of Roy Benavidez, a Green Beret during the Vietnam War. It centers upon a failed mission in Cambodia. Benavidez jumped on a chopper to help rescue the team. Harrowing historical story. This could also be called Shot All To Hell.
Scribe: My Life in Sports by Bob Ryan. Lots of great sports stories by one of the great sports writers.
Caring for Widows by Brian Croft and Austin Walker. This short book helps a church think through its ministry to widows. A very important thing.
The Song of Songs by Iain Duguid. Yes, it is a commentary on the Song of Songs. Duguid sees it as part of the wisdom literature and more than capably handles the original meaning, as well as connecting it to Christ.
Newton on the Christian Life: To Live is Christ by Tony Reinke. I am a John Newton fan. This is a great book about Newton and how he understood the Christian life. Very helpful for pastoral and lay ministry.
Esther & Ruth by Iain Duguid. This is from the Reformed Expositional Commentary series. These shorter books are well-preached by Duguid. These are good examples of gospel-centered preaching.