Book Recommendation: Every Good Endeavor

Just yesterday Timothy Keller’s new book Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work was released. You can pick up a copy here.

Before the release, the guys over at Desiring God had Keller on their podcast Authors on the Line. Here is what they had to say about the interview:

We put Dr. Keller on the line to ask him about the 9 to 5 labors into which we invest so much of our lives. So what is the purpose of our work? What if we get stuck in a job we don’t enjoy? And why does it seem the church has such a hard time getting its arms around vocation in the first place?

Their interview was helpful and informative. I recommend you take the time to listen to their discussion and pick up a copy of Keller’s new book.

God’s Work and Ours: An Interview with Timothy Keller (17 minutes)

T4G and Band of Bloggers Resources

This last week I was blessed to be able to attend the Together for the Gospel (T4G) Conference and the Band of Bloggers forum. At each, we received a substantial amount of books. As a way to say thank you to the publishers, I want to highlight the books we received.

Tim Challies has already supplied the list on his blog, so instead of creating a new list, I want to share his list with you guys. If you have never read Tim’s blog, I would highly encourage you to do so.

Together for the Gospel

  • The Cross and Christian Ministry by D.A. Carson (Amazon | Westminster)
  • Fellowship with God by Martyn Lloyd-Jones (not available online; given in both book and CD format)
  • Listen Up! by Christopher Ash (Amazon | Westminster)
  • Gospel and Kingdom by Graeme Goldsworthy (Amazon | Westminster)
  • Health, Wealth and Happiness by David Jones and Russell Woodbridge (Amazon)
  • Reformation: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow by Carl Trueman (Amazon |Westminster)
  • Turning to God by David Wells (Amazon)
  • What Is the Mission of the Church? by Greg Gilbert and Kevin DeYoung (Amazon | Westminster)
  • Preaching and Preachers: 40th Anniversary Edition by Martyn Lloyd-Jones (Amazon | Westminster)
  • How the Gospel Brings Us All the Way Home by Derek Thomas (Amazon |Westminster)
  • The Pleasures of God by John Piper (Amazon | Westminster)
  • Church Membership: How the World Knows Who Represents Jesus by Jonathan Leeman (Amazon | Westminster)
  • The Church: The Gospel Made Visible by Mark Dever (Amazon | Westminster)
  • 1 Corinthians 1-9: Challenging Church by Mark Dever (The Good Book Company)
  • A T4G special edition of the HCSB

Several of these were special editions created specifically for T4G (including, for example, the books from Piper and Carson).

Band of Bloggers

The couple hundred people who attended Band of Bloggers also received these titles:

  • On Earth As It Is In Heaven by Wyman Lewis Richardson (Amazon)
  • Tribal Church: Lead Small, Impact BIG by Steve Stroope (Amazon)
  • 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker (Amazon)
  • Everyday Prayers by Scotty Smith (Amazon | Westminster)
  • Who Am I?: Identity in Christ by Jerry Bridges (Amazon)
  • A Holy Ambition by John Piper (Amazon)
  • Red Like Blood: Confrontations With Grace by Joe Coffey and Bob Bevington (Amazon | Westminster)
  • G.O.S.P.E.L. by D.A. Horton (Amazon)
  • Test, Train, Affirm and Send Into Ministry by Brian Croft (Amazon |Westminster)
  • Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary by J.D. Greear (Amazon | Westminster)
  • Subversive: Living as Agents of Gospel Transformation by Ed Stetzer (Amazon)
  • The World We All Want by Tim Chester (Amazon)

Thank You

To all those who contributed these resources, thank you. They will serve me and my congregation well over this next year.

The Meaning of Marriage

Today I want to highlight a video webcast on Tim and Kathy Keller’s new book The Meaning of Marriage. In this book and webcast, Tim and Kathy tackle the preconceived notions people in our culture have about marriage setting those next to the Christian view of marriage, in order to provide today’s singles and married couples with the correct view of marriage. The book is excellent, as well as this video webcast. Check it out by clicking the code below, when you do another window will open with the full size video in it.

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Watch live streaming video from penguinbooks at livestream.com

Reading Encouragement

In my last post, I provided you with a list of books that have influenced me over the years. Today I want to provide you with encouragement to read more.

Justin Taylor Interviews Tony Reinke about his new book “Lit!” from Crossway on Vimeo.

Learn how to better read, what to read, when to read, and why you should read with this helpful guide from accomplished reader Tony Reinke. Offered here is a theology for reading and practical suggestions for reading widely, reading well, and for making it all worthwhile.

On his blog, Taylor provided this break down of the video:

0:14 – Tony’s desire for the book
1:22 – What kind of books should I be reading? (6 Priorities for determining what to read)
3:17 – Creating time to read
5:10 – Tips for growing as a reader
7:21 – The value of fiction
9:08 – The theological importance of reading

A Technique for Remembering What You Are Reading

(1) After you read a chapter or article, stop and allow yourself to absorb the content.

(2) Identify the main point of the chapter or article.

(3) Do not let the details bog you down. Your goal is to remember the main point.

(4) After you understand the main point, now rehearse to yourself the important parts of the chapter or article you just read. This could be anything from important facts or statistics the author uses, to the major points that support the main point. The point is that you want to be able to tell a friend the main point of the article, as well as how the author supports the main point.

New Book Recommendation Page

This week I have been working on a new Book Recommendation page. You can view it by clicking here. For the most part it is completed, even though it will always be a work in progress. I will be adding new books as I read them, so check back often.

The books I recommend on this page are ones that have influenced and taught me many things about the Christian faith, so I want to recommend them to you in hopes that they will teach you as much as they have taught me throughout the years. I have read almost every book on this page, so be assured it is not a page I put together off of a list somewhere. And I want to assure you the ones I have not read come highly recommended from friends whose lives have been touched as they have read these books. As a result, I felt comfortable recommending them, as well as placing them on my personal reading list. I just need to find the time to get to them.

When you go to the Book Recommendation page, you will be greeted by a bunch of book covers, which are broken down into categories. If you would like to learn more about a book, or purchase it, just click on it. When you do, you will be redirected to Amazon.com’s page for the book. There you can read reviews or add the book to your cart.

In order to get you started, I want to provide you with a quick list of my personal favorites. Of course, all the books on the Book Recommendation page are excellent and are highly recommended, but there are some that have resonated with me more than others. Here are those books:

Christian Living

  • Counterfeit God’s
  • Hard to Believe
  • Respectable Sins
  • Christ Formed in You

Marriage & Family

  • The Exemplary Husband
  • When Sinners Say I Do
  • What Did You Expect?
  • God, Marriage and Family

Evangelism & Missions

  • The Mission of God
  • Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God
  • Questioning Evangelism

Reading & Writing

  • How to Read a Book
  • A Classic Guide to Better Writing
  • The Craft of Research
  • How to Read the Bible as Literature

Culture & Society

  • Amusing Ourselves To Death

Theology

  • The Existence and Attributes of God
  • Theology of the Reformers
  • The Potter’s Freedom
  • Putting Amazing Back Into Grace
  • Systematic Theology

Biblical Theology

  • God’s Glory In Salvation Through Judgment
  • Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church
  • According to Plan

Preaching

  • Preparing Expository Sermons
  • Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture
  • Using Illustrations to Preach with Power
  • Preaching with Variety

The Church

  • Ashamed of the Gospel
  • Nine Marks of a Healthy Church
  • The Shepherd Leader
  • The Deliberate Church

Hermeneutics

  • Gospel Centered Hermeneutics
  • The Meaning of the Pentateuch
  • 40 Questions About Interpreting the Bible

Philosophy & Apologetics

  • Love God with All Your Mind
  • The Francis Schaeffer Collection
  • The Reason for God
  • Does God Believe in Atheists?
  • Defeating Darwinism

Biography

  • Spurgeon: A New Biography

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