Saturday, December 22, 2012

Top 12 Books of 2012

12. A Puritan Theology by Joel R. Beeke & Mark Jones.

I haven’t gotten to read all of this one yet only a little bit. But I think this will be a valuable resource for all of us Puritan nerds.


11. Kingdom Through Covenant by Stephen Wellum and Peter Gentry

Once again this is a book that is so big I doubt I’ll finish it before the return of Christ. What I have read though is phenomenal. For those that will not have the benefit of ever taking Dr. Wellum’s class on Hermeneutics that section of the book is worth the price.

10. (tie) Pastoral Graces by Lee Eclov and The Sacred Wilderness Wilderness of Pastoral Ministry by Dave Rohrer

These are the types of gritty and honest books on pastoral ministry that are shaping. Read my review of Pastoral Graces here and my review of Sacred Wilderness here.

9. Gospel Deeps by Jared Wilson

Gospel Deeps was a risky book.  But I’m glad that Jared Wilson took the risk.  He’s right.  Jesus is precious enough that you can just reflect on His awesomeness for 200 pages and still want more.  I wish more preachers, myself included, understood this.  Just telling people for 45 minutes how amazing Jesus and His gospel truly are, is abundantly practical. (Read my full review)

8. Sensing Jesus by Zack Eswine

By the time I finish this book it might have pushed its way into the top 5. I love Eswine’s book Preaching to a Post-Everything World. This one is another of those gritty and honest books on pastoral ministry. I can already feeling it shaping my heart.

7. Pursuing Peace by Robert D. Jones

This is now the book that I recommend for people going through relational conflict. It is very practical and easily accessible. Of all the books from 2012 this one might be the one that I refer back to more than any of the others. (My review)

6. Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes by Richards and O’Brien

Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien believe that “some of the habits that Western readers bring to the Bible can blind us to interpretations that the original audience and readers in other cultures see quite naturally”. This is their well-written and helpful defense of that statement. (My review)

5. Shame Interrupted by Ed Welch

If you think that you do not need this book you probably do.  I doubt there will be a large line at the bookstore of people waiting to purchase a book that will completely ravage your soul, but it is necessary.  Your shame needs to be exposed. It is exposed and healed through Welch’s book. (My review)

4. Killing Calvinism by Greg Dutcher

Every Calvinist needs to read this book, whether you’re a new member to club Calvin or you’ve been a Calvinist longer than Charlton Heston has been Moses.  Even those that are non-Calvinist ought to read this book and see the heart of many within the Reformed/Calvinistic movement.  We truly do want to live out the doctrines of grace as Greg Dutcher describes in this book.  When we don’t it’s not a fault of the “system” but of our own hearts. (My review)

3. Wordsmithy by Douglas Wilson

It is a phenomenal help to any writer.  Just reading Wilson’s writing style will make you a better writer.  For as inexpensive as you can get this book you’re slightly crazy if you want to write but you can’t find the time to read through this book. This book helped me write much more gooder. (My review)

2. Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball by R.A. Dickey

Looks like the “wherever” is going to be Toronto. I was hoping the Royals would snag him. This book was very formative for me. I love baseball and I love redemption. This book is about both. (My review)

1. Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp

This book may be The Reformed Pastor of our day. It is weighty and necessary. If you are a pastor you really ought to purchase this one. (My review)

Honorable Mentions:

The Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler (My review)
Creature of the Word by Chandler, Geiger, and Patterson
Center Church by Tim Keller
The World-Tilting Gospel by Dan Phillips (My review)

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