Friday, May 30, 2014

On Books...

I wrote a post a while back when I started building my library where I attempted to keep up with books as I purchased them. It quickly got out of hand, and I couldn't keep up with it. This got even more difficult when I started discovering the many Kindle deals one can find (and subsequently purchasing a Kindle).

What I want this post to be about are specific books that I feel are important to read, perhaps even re-read. These are books that have especially shaped or edified me in some way. I've tried not to include Bibles, commentaries or reference books in this list, but there are a few here that I'm sure some would consider reference material.

These are in no particular order.

Knowing God by J.I. Packer

Desiring God by John Piper

The Justification of God: An Exegetical and Theological Study of Romans 9:1-23 by John Piper

The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul

Everyone's a Theologian by R.C. Sproul

The Prayer of the Lord by R.C. Sproul

How the Gospel Brings Us All The Way Home by Derek W.H. Thomas

Saying It Well: Touching Others with Your Words by Chuck Swindoll

It Is Well: Expositions on Substitutionary Atonement by Mark Dever & Michael Lawrence

Entrusted with the Gospel: Paul's Theology in the Pastoral Epistles  Andreas J. Köstenberger (Editor)

Exegetical Fallacies by D.A. Carson

Basics for Believers: An Exposition of Philippians by D.A. Carson

Foundations of Grace (Long Line of Godly Men) by Steve Lawson

The Evangelistic Zeal of George Whitefield by Steve Lawson

The Heroic Boldness of Martin Luther by Steve Lawson

Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine by Wayne A. Grudem

The Lion and the Lamb by L. Scott Kellum, Andreas J. Köstenberger and Charles L Quarles

Christology: The Study of Christ by Danny Akin

Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church by N.T. Wright

A Treatise on Religious Affections by Jonathan Edwards

Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin

The Final Days of Jesus: The Most Important Week of the Most Important Person Who Ever Lived by Andreas J. Köstenberger, Justin Taylor and Alexander Stewart

An Approach to Extended Memorization of Scripture by Andy Davis

Pray LIke It Matters by Steve Gaines

And last, but not least:
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

I've only included books that I've read cover to cover. The only exceptions are Calvin's Institutes and Grudem's Systematic Theology (all though I'm very close to having read it cover to cover).

So, my question to you, is what should I read next? What is one book that is not on this list that has shaped you in some way that you would recommend?

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