Ok, I picked eleven this year.
The Pastor’s Justification, by Jared Wilson. This book is must reading for every pastor or every man considering pastoring. It reminds pastors that Jesus is their justification, not their ministry.
The Missional Quest, by Lance Ford and Brad Brisco. If you have a consumer mindset when it comes to church, then you need to read this book. It lays out good steps for change.
The King in His Beauty, by Thomas Schreiner. Schreiner has been pumping out great books on biblical theology. It’s another gem from a humble and solid scholar.
Sensing Jesus, by Zack Eswine. A unique book. It’s difficult to explain the contents, but it basically comes down to living as a human before God in life and ministry.
Saving Eutychus, by Gary Millar and Phil Campbell. This is one of the best books on preaching I’ve read. There is a lot of helpful stuff in this book.
Galatians, by Douglas Moo. I’ve been waiting for this book for years. There are many helpful things in this book. This is another homerun by Moo.
Walking with God through Pain and Suffering, by Tim Keller. This is a typical Keller book: biblical, gospel-centered, and immensely practical.
Kingdom Come, by Sam Storms. This is the most thorough and up to date treatment on the Amillennial position. It deals well with a myriad of topics and issues.
Systematic Theology, by John Frame. This is a massive book. It’s heavy on the Doctrine of God and Scripture, but light on other parts. It’s still a good book though.
HT: Tim Brister
Here are my top ten reads of 2012.
Kingdom Through Covenant, by Steve Wellum and Peter Gentry. Both of these men heavily influenced me in seminary. Their new position is called progressive-covenantalism. The most important chapters are the first three and the last two.
The Hole In Our Holiness, by Kevin DeYoung. This is a concise and practical book on holiness. DeYoung never divorces holiness from the gospel; and despite its short length, he manages to cover the topic of holiness quite well.
Dangerous Calling, by Paul Tripp. A challenging book to read; not from a literary standpoint, but from a pastoral standpoint. Tripp holds nothing back in his book. I found myself agreeing and lamenting throughout this book.
Everyday Church, by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis. A follow-up to Total Church; Chester and Timmis exposit 1 Peter and lay out how the church is a community on mission. A lot of good and practical stuff in this book.
Christ-Centered Biblical Theology, by Graeme Goldsworthy. Although discernible in his past works, Goldsworthy has finally put together a volume in which he lays out his hermeneutical method. A very helpful book for thinking through issues of typology.
Church Membership, by Jonathan Leeman. A sorely needed book. Leeman manages to pack a lot into a little book. He uncovers the reasons why people object to membership, lays out the biblical reasons for it, and provides a lot of good practical stuff on membership.
Dictionary of the Old Testament Prophets, eds., Mark Boda and J. Gordon McConville. This is the final volume of the IVP OT Dictionary Series. Many solid contributors and an invaluable resource for anyone wanting to learn more about the OT prophets.
Gospel-Centered Discipleship, by Jonathan Dodson. Although this book is an expansion of his previous shorter work, Fight Clubs; Dodson identifies well the problems with most “models” of discipleship and provides some real depth and clarity to the topic.
Creature of the Word, by Matt Chandler, Josh Patterson, and Eric Geiger. This is a really helpful book on how the gospel must shape the theology, philosophy, and practice of the church. This is not just a book for church leaders, but all Christians.
Center Church, by Tim Keller. The format of the book is like a textbook, but it is far from boring. Keller lays out various dynamics of how to minister as a church in a post-Christian context. Although Keller serves in an urban context, the book is helpful for all.