I woke up from my nap yesterday afternoon (I’m getting over a cold) to a knock on the door. It was Abigail, my oldest.
“Daddy, you got a present,” she said. “Can I show you?”
I expected a picture or a craft, made with care. Instead, she opens the door carrying a box from my friends at Crossway with some of their latest and greatest titles. Here’s a look:
The Biggest Story by Kevin DeYoung (illustrated by Don Clark)
I actually read all yesterday, and it’s excellent. We’re taking a quick break from our regular Bible study material to share it with the kids.
In The Biggest Story, Kevin DeYoung—a best-selling author and father of six—leads kids and parents alike on an exciting journey through the Bible, connecting the dots from the garden of Eden to Christ’s death on the cross to the new heaven and new earth.
The Story of Everything by Jared C. Wilson
This book might automatically be my favorite of the year based on its subtitle alone—”How you, your pets and the Swiss Alps fit into God’s plan for the world”:
We’re all searching for significance—something deeper, richer, and bigger than what we can see in our unremarkable, everyday routines. The greatest news we can hear is that God has a very real purpose for everything in this life. In The Story of Everything, Jared Wilson explores the redemptive story that God is telling in and through the world, helping us see God at work in everything from cultures to creatures to commutes and play our part in his ultimate plan to make all things new.
The Imperfect Pastor by Zack Eswine
According to Eswine’s introduction to the book, this is a reimagining—rewriting and updating—of his earlier work, Sensing Jesus (which I gushed about in my review). Looking forward to seeing how this compares to the original:
Desire burns within you. You’ve trained and dreamt of doing large things in famous ways as fast as you can for God’s glory. But pastoral work keeps requiring your surrender to small, mostly overlooked things over long periods of time.
You stand at a crossroads. Jesus stands with you. You were never meant to know everything, fix everything, and be everywhere at once. That’s his job, not yours.
So what now? Let the apprenticeship begin.
Expository Apologetics by Voddie Baucham Jr.
The Bible is clear that all believers are called to defend their faith. However, if apologetics is the formal process that we have come to expect, this sounds like an impossible task. But what if apologetics could be part of natural, normal conversation–both from the pulpit and in everyday life?
Aimed at preparing you to clearly and confidently defend your faith, Expository Apologetics sets forth an approach to apologetics that is rooted in Scripture and eminently accessible. Filled with real-world examples and practical advice, this book will equip you with the tools you need to think biblically and converse persuasively–offering unbelievers “a reason for the hope that is in you.”
True Worshipers by Bob Kauflin
I’ve loved reading Bob’s thoughts on corporate worship on his blog over the last number of years, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how this book relates to what he’s been doing there:
In True Worshipers, Bob Kauflin, a seasoned pastor and musician, opens our eyes to the massive significance of being the type of worshiper God is seeking. Rooted in the gospel of grace and filled with practical application, this book aims to connect Sunday morning to the rest of your life–helping you fulfill your calling to be a true worshiper each and every day.