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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Book Recommendation: Preaching with Variety

Today, on the blog, I want to recommend a book I have been reading, and will be reading for a long time, not because it is a thick book, but because its content is so rich. The book is Jeffrey Arthurs’ Preaching With Variety.

I know you are probably wondering, I am not a preacher, why is he recommending a preaching book to me? And I understand not all my readers are preachers, but I believe this book is not only helpful for preachers, but also for the average congregate. The reason is because Arthurs spends half of every chapter talking about the literary genre used in the Bible, then he spends the other half of the chapter talking about how to preach that specific literary genre, which, even if you are not a preacher, is helpful in understanding how the biblical text applies to your life.

So, if you have ever wondered how to interpret the Psalms, how to read an Epistle, how to get at the meaning in a Parable, how to understand the pithy sayings of Proverbs, what strategies are employed by the biblical author in the Narratives, which by the way make up about 70-80% of the Bible, or how to read Apocalyptic literature like Daniel or Revelation, then this book is for you.

You can purchase it on Amazon by clicking here.