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Top Ten Books of 2009

December 29, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Here are my top ten reads from 2009.

Counterfeit Gods, by Tim Keller.  Keller has a unique ability to take biblical truth and make it accessible to people through his preaching and writing.   Keller’s new book is no exception.  His book is thought provoking and sets Christ and the gospel before us as our only hope.

Why Johnny Can’t Preach, by T. David Gordon. A hard-hitting critique at why preaching is done so poorly in our day.  I thought Gordon’s analysis was fair and found myself pondering the challenges he sets forth in the book. 

A Praying Life, by Paul Miller.  With so many books on prayer it would be hard to find something new on the subject, but Miller has managed to make an inspiring contribution to the subject.  Miller does a good job teaching us about prayer, its importance, and practical ways to live a life of prayer. 
Heralds of the King, ed. Dennis Johnson.  A compilation of sermons in honor of the late Edmund Clowney.  These sort of books are always helpful, because they show pastors how to responsibly preach Christ from the Scriptures.  There are many good contributors to this volume (Tim Keller, Charles Drew, Harvie Conn, Iain Duguid, Dennis Johnson, et al). 
The Acts of the Apostles, by David Peterson.  Peterson’s commentary is an excellent contribution to the study of Acts.  Peterson’s commentary is very insightful and accessible.  I found myself agreeing with him again and again.  Along with Bock’s commentary, Peterson’s commentary has become the evangelical standard for Acts.
From Age to Age, by Keith Mathison.  A massive contribution to the study of eschatology in which Mathison seeks to show that eschatology is at the core of the biblical storyline.  Although, I don’t agree with everything Mathison writes, he has a lot of good things to say in his book. 
The Whole Counsel of God, by Richard Gamble.  Gamble’s book is the first of three in which he seeks to do biblical theology while incorporating historical and systematic theology.  I found this book helpful on many fronts, but believe the future volumes will do a better job of sustaining Gamble’s thesis.
Just Do Something, by Kevin DeYoung.  A helpful little book on understanding and doing God’s will.  DeYoung’s basic thesis is pursue Christ, be faithful, serve others and whatever you do will be according to God’s will. 
Why We Love the Church, by Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck.  DeYoung and Kluck have written a perceptive and clear book about the importance of the local church and why believers need to care about it.
The Trellis and the Vine, by Colin Marshall and Tony Payne.  I’ve recently started reading this book and have been encouraged.  Although the message of the book is simple (gospel based ministry), it is a necessary reminder.
Categories: Recommendations
  1. graydayncoffee
    January 5, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    I just placed my Amazon.com order, even though none of these were published by Pendant Publishing. 😦 LisaQ

  2. caryn
    January 7, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Thanks! I like reliable books suggestions, and I’d been wondering whether DeYoung was a good read since I saw them at monergism.com.

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