Favorite Books of 2017
- You read the book this year
- You really liked the book and would recommend it to someone
- The book was helpful to you personally
- The book may be helpful to a significant part of our church
The Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther
This classic work was Luther’s reply to a diatribe on free will written by Erasmus. This debate centered on whether human beings, after the Fall of man, are free to choose good or evil. This book was greatly helpful in articulating the biblical position of the depravity of man and understanding the pervasive influence of sin on the will of man. It makes clear that our only hope if the intervention of God’s grace.
God’s Word Alone - The Authority of Scripture by Matthew Barrett
This book looks at the historical and biblical roots of the doctrine that scripture alone is the final and decisive authority for God’s people. It walks through the progression of the critical debate between the Reformers and the Catholic church over final authority. This book calls the church today to have a robust view of the authority of Scripture alone in the face of a culture drifting away from biblical ideals.
The Legacy of Luther by RC Sproul and Stephen Nichols
This book is not merely a biography of the great Reformer, but it focuses on the life, teaching, and enduring influence of Luther.
Studies in the Sermon on the Mount by David Martyn Lloyd-Jones
This book is a classic by one of my favorite expository preachers of all time. Lloyd-Jones brings incredible insight into one of the most important sermons ever delivered - the Sermon on the Mount. As always, he masterfully applies it’s teaching to everyday life.
From Weakness to Strength by Scott Sauls
Sauls walks through many challenges that leaders face, showing from Scriptures principles that move us toward humility and dependence in the work of leading. This book is pastoral and useful, especially for those in various forms of leadership.
Treasury of David by Charles Spurgeon
The investment Spurgeon made in writing the Treasury of David pays dividends to this day. While Spurgeon's sermons are his greatest gift to the church, this commentary on the Psalms stands as one of his greatest works. Any student of the Psalms would benefit richly from this set.
The Cross of Christ by John Stott
A Peculiar Glory by John Piper
Everyone's a Theologian by R.C. Sproul
Enjoy: Finding the Freedom Daily to Delight in God's Good Gifts by Trillia Newbell
Giddy Up, Eunice: Because Women Need Each Other by Sophie Hudson
Because He Loves Me by Elyse Fitzpatrick
Messy Grace by Caleb Kaltenbach
The Tech-Wise Familyby Andy Crouch
Missions: How the Local Church Goes Global by Andy Johnson
Unoffendable: How Just One Change Can Make All of Life Better by Brant Hansen
Think Again: Relief From the Burden of Introspection by Jared Mellinger
Luther's Commentary on Galatians by Martin Luther
The Bruised Reed by Richard Sibbes
Tempted and Tried by Russell Moore
Confessions by Augustine
Answers to Prayer by George Müller
40 Questions About Interpreting the Bible by Robert Plummer
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
And the book of the year, which made the lists of three staff members:
This book is for those of us who feel like our growth in Christ has been slower than we had hoped. Jared Wilson writes with all of his winsomeness in communicating the work of God’s grace that sustains us as we walk with Jesus.
This book was a great reminder to me that the goal is not my own perfection because I cannot be Jesus (nor do I want to replace him!). Over and over again, this book encouraged me to be who God made me to be and to rely on Romans 5:8 as I continually make mistakes in this life God has given me. God uses all people, even as broken as we are, to do his will for his glory and I'm thankful to be part of his plan for creating and nurturing disciples.
This may be my favorite introductory book on discipleship. Rich with gospel applications, Wilson has written a book to help those who feel burnt out, overwhelmed, or defeated by their inability to fix themselves. It reminds us of our constant need for Jesus and helps us see that discipleship involves resting in him, not in our own ability.
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