Book Reviews

Book reviews

When I launched this site, one of the first things I started doing is reviewing books. There are two reasons for this:

  1. I love books
  2. I want to help you find good books that will help you grow in your faith

With that in mind, I’ve compiled a list of all the reviews I’ve completed to date. Some of these books are excellent, some okay and others are ones that I’ve read to save you the trouble of doing it yourself. I hope you’ll find them helpful in your quest to read good books.

Publishers I review for include:

  1. Thomas Nelson
  2. Crossway
  3. Tyndale House
  4. Waterbrook/Multnohmah
  5. David C. Cook
  6. Zondervan
  7. New Growth Press
  8. The Good Book Company
  9. Logos Bible Software

Recent reviews

As of this writing, I’m coming up on nearly 250 reviews. As you can imagine, if I showed you all of them here, that’d be a lot of scrolling. So rather than showing you everything, below you’ll find a list of my most recent reviews. Enjoy!

raised-3d Raised? by Jonathan Dodson and Brad Watson - Oftentimes Christians are accused of being too confident in their beliefs, or using “faith” as a way to shut down questions or concerns from those exploring Christianity. There’s no room for questioning. No room doubt. Jonathan Dodson and Brad Watson get this. They don’t want to scare off doubters or make people shy away from […]
deyoung-taking-God-at-his-word Taking God at His Word by Kevin DeYoung - The Bible is the most important—and most controversial—books ever written. Its message of world destroyed by human sinfulness and redeemed only through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is an affront to our modern sensibilities. So it’s no wonder this book is constantly under attack, is it? For centuries, skeptics of all stripes have […]
The Social Church by Justin Wise The Social Church by Justin Wise - The first time I heard Justin Wise speak on social media I was impressed. It was the first session—actually the pre-conference workshop—at a conference for Christian creatives in Canada. Wise was speaking on how churches need to embrace their websites as their new front-door. And as he laid everything out, with tons of practical examples, […]
the-adam-quest The Adam Quest by Tim Stafford - Some time ago, an excellent article appeared online reminding us that “pixels are people.” Behind every podcast, blog, and book we consume, there is a living, breathing human being made in the image and likeness of God. Including those with whom we disagree. Perhaps nowhere is this point easier to forget than in the origins […]
The Storytelling God by Jared C. Wilson The Storytelling God by Jared C. Wilson - Those of us who grew up in the 80s and 90s still remember the intensity of Zack’s confronting Jessie about her popping caffeine pills,1 or the time he got drunk at a party and totalled his dad’s car. The “very special episode” of our favorite sitcoms always served to drive home a moral lesson that […]
captivated_anyabwile Captivated by Thabiti Anyabwile - About a year ago, I bought a new laptop, and the first time I turned it on it was magical. Well, maybe not, but it was pretty slick. It went super-fast, did everything I needed it to do… Then, a few months later, my new work computer arrived. And I started feeling a little bit […]
the-gospel-at-work The Gospel at Work by Sebastian Traeger and Greg Gilbert - You know what I’m really thankful for? That there are people starting to write on the relationship between the gospel and work. This is a subject in which western Christians desperately need to grow in our understanding. Many of us, me included, really struggle to do our work in a Christ exalting fashion. Many of […]
9marks-series A brief look at the 9Marks series - There are very few organizations I get excited about, but one I absolutely love is 9Marks. I’ve been amazed at the quality of thinking on essential matters of the faith such as church discipline and discipleship, expositional preaching, and, of course, the gospel itself. The example set by many of the leaders involved with this […]
Invest-Book_v2 Invest by Sutton Turner - In ministry, it’s easy to think of certain gifts as being more valuable than others. We look at one man’s ability to handle the Scriptures and applaud. We look at another’s ability to manage an organization and… well, often times we’re not quite sure what to do. It’s not that we don’t appreciate those abilities. […]
evangelism sovereignty packer Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God by J.I. Packer - The mysterious “they” say the greatest fear of many people—even more than death!—is public speaking. Standing before an audience, whether it’s a group of three or three hundred, is absolutely terrifying for some. But you know something? I think there’s something else that’s far more terrifying, especially for Christians: Evangelism. So many of us seem […]
romans-for-you-Keller Romans 1-7 For You by Timothy Keller - Romans: it’s one of the most intimidating, confusing, and powerful books in the entirety of Scripture. In its 16 chapters, the apostle Paul casts a sweeping vision God’s redemptive purposes—”how God in the gospel makes sinners righteous, but also how this most precious gift of God is enjoyed in our lives,” writes Tim Keller in Romans […]
whats-your-worldview-anderson What’s Your Worldview by James Anderson - When I was a boy, I loved “choose-your-own-adventure” novels. There was one I especially loved in my school library, a Star Trek one if I recall correctly. Depending on how you answered a question, Captain Kirk could be romancing a lady with green-skin and low standards, or a Klingon warship could de-cloak and blow up […]
The_Screwtape_Letters Revisiting The Screwtape Letters - When I first came to faith, one of the first authors I read was C.S. Lewis. I’d loved Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as a child, and had read some of the other books in the series, so when I found out he was a Christian, I was pretty darned excited. The […]
gospel-transformation-bible A look at The Gospel Transformation Bible - The Bible market is a peculiar one, and not just because there’s such a thing as a Bible market. There are hundreds of different variations available today: Metal-ensconced Bibles. Kids’ Bibles. Women’s Bibles. Bibles showing you how to be a prosperity preacher. Interlinear Bibles. Klingon Bibles… I’m pretty sure there may even be a scratch-n-sniff version coming […]
Gospel-Centered-Teaching Gospel-Centered Teaching by Trevin Wax - From my earliest days as a Christian, bad Bible teaching frustrated me, but it was all around me. A steady diet of “how-to” sermons and “what does this mean to me” Bible studies left me feeling twitchy. I wanted to “go deeper”—even though I had no idea what that meant. Initially, I thought it was […]
jesus-religion-bethke Jesus > Religion by Jefferson Bethke - Every so often, I read a book that leaves me feeling conflicted. Jesus > Religion by Jefferson Bethke is one of those. Bethke, who shot into the spotlight two years ago when his video, “Why I hate religion, but love Jesus,” exploded online. Within three days it was seen six million times. Within two weeks, that […]
spurgeon A look at the Spurgeon Commentary on Galatians - One thing you cannot deny about Charles Spurgeon, the 19th century English Baptist preacher, is he was prolific. He wrote dozens of books, preached thousands of sermons, taught hundreds of students… but one thing he never did write: a commentary on Galatians. So if you wanted to find some thoughts of Spurgeon to share on […]
risky-gospel-209x300 Risky Gospel by Owen Strachan - In the whole “radical” Christianity discussion, there’s an elephant in the room. We know the goofy, “it’s a wonderful life” style of faith doesn’t work. We’re stressing ourselves out chasing the American dream, but we’re not really sure how to change it. So we hear the call to radical obedience, to take big risks in […]
RAP cover big Does God Listen to Rap? by Curtis Allen - I’m not a fan of rap music. I’ve never had a particular moral objection to it; it’s just that, outside of a song here and there, it really doesn’t appeal to me all that much. So it’s been fascinating for me to learn some Christian folks have got their britches in a bunch over whether […]
The Pastor's Justification by Jared C Wilson The Pastor’s Justification by Jared C. Wilson - Pastoral ministry is a strange animal. For many pastors, it’s good work—important work—but it’s easy to become discouraged. The burden seems too great and they’re ready to throw in the towel. Then there are pastors who seem to have it all together. They might’ve published a book or two that have gotten some attention, have […]
  • http://www.bringitoncommunications.com Arielle

    Good Morning,

    My name is Arielle and I work with a small publicity company that partners with christian authors trying to get their books off the ground. I read through many blogs to find the best possible readers for our authors. I am very eager to add you to my list of reviewers for our newest release, The Journey To Truth, written by George Garlick. You can check out the website at http://www.JourneyToTruthBook.com and see if it’s something you’d like to dig in to. I hope to be hearing from you soon.

    Arielle Roper
    arielle@bringitoncommunications.com
    Bring It On! communications
    http://www.BringItOncommunications.com

  • http://jimthornber.com Jim Thornber

    For four years I was an Assemblies of God minister and a monk with the Brothers and Sisters of Charity at the Little Portion Hermitage. I’m now a pastor of a small church in Kansas. I wrote a book about my experiences called, Taking Off My Comfortable Clothes: Removing Religion to Find Relationship. Excerpts from the book can be found on my blog. Would you be interested in reviewing it? If so, I’ll send you a copy.

    Blessings,

    Jim

    • http://hardwords.wordpress.com Aaron Armstrong

      That would be great, Jim – I’ll send you an email with my mailing address. Thanks!

  • StCelibartPress

    Hi Aaron. I enjoy your blog and find it thoughtful. I’ve written a book of fiction, The Job: Based on a True Story (I Mean, This is Bound to have Happened Somewhere), which is a modern and humorous retelling of the book of Job, in hopes of helping believers understand that book and the role of suffering in the world. If you’re interested in reviewing it, I’d be happy to send you a copy.

    Peace of Christ to you,
    Craig Davis

  • http://reformingstudent.blogspot.com/ scott mckenzie

    woahhh – sick. My buddy Josh and I are all about book reviews. Looking forward to reading some of these. What are you reading currently? I’m reading “What is the Gospel?” By Gregg Gilbert.

    • http://www.bloggingtheologically.com Aaron Armstrong

      Listening to Becoming Conversant with the Emergent Church by D.A. Carson and reading The Bottom Billion by Paul Collier. Just finished Counterfeit Gospels by Trevin Wax and Half the Church by Carolyn Custis James.

      What is the Gospel is terrific; Greg did a great job on the book.

  • Tom Payne

    I came to a saving faith in Jesus after many years of studying alternative paths. My familiarity with alternative faiths helped me to see how the Christian Way is unlike any other. I’ve also noticed, after twenty years of studying theology and history, how even the most spiritually mature Christians (D. L. Moody, C. S. Lewis, C. H. Spurgeon, etc.) felt lost for a time while walking on the Way. So I wrote a book called “The Path: A Guidebook For This Age of Upheaval” to help make sense of the confusing times God can lead us into and why they are necessary. To help the reader choose the correct path it begins with a diagnosis of our spiritual illness and looks at the various religions to see if they treat this problem or feed the disease: only the Christian faith treats the problem. It then shows how this Path is marked by guideposts. We start our walk with Passover, being marked by the blood of the Lamb through a saving faith. We then spend time in the bewildering wilderness, being emptied of self. This prepares us for the next phase of the Path marked by the feast of Pentecost wherein we are Spirit-filled and equipped for serving God in and through His power. This culminates in the seventh and final feast, Ingathering or Tabernacles, the celebration of the harvest of fruit. The purpose of the Path is to make us fruitful and thereby glorify God. If you are interested in receiving a copy of the book please let me know. Grace and peace.

  • Chad Williams

    Great, great blog man. Evereyone at resurgingreformation.com loves this blog!

  • http://twitter.com/JoshuaReich josh reich

    What plug-in did you use in this post?

  • Andrew Bernhardt

    Hello Aaron,

    I recently published a book on discipleship called “Seeing Jesus – A Disciple’s Perspective”. I was wondering if you would be willing to give it a read and review.

    Andrew Bernhardt

  • Alfred Chong

    Hi Aaron,

    The sub-headline of my press release reads, “Author Alfred
    Chong offers an important exhortation for the global Christian community in his
    book, ‘Raising the Alarm over False Conversion.’ He offers explanations as to
    why professing Christians are unknowingly clinging to false hope, and what the
    Christian community can do to seek true conversion.”

    Would you be interested in reviewing my book? If so, I can
    email you the URL so that you may download a free copy of the e-book.

    God bless & shalom, Alfred Chong

  • Pam Micca

    I would like to know how I can make a direct request to Aaron Armstrong about my new book, Come into His Fullness, Becoming a Whole Brain Believer. I understand that Aaron is willing to review new Christian books. Is it possible to obtain a direct email for him, so that I can make the request directly to him. Thank you.
    Pam Micca
    http://www.pammicca.com
    pam.micca@comeintohisfullness.com

  • Dr. Richard Spillman

    My book DWJD – Do What Jesus Did has just been released. You can learn more about it and see 2 min book trailer at DWJDBook.com. I would love to have you review it. If you are interested email me your address (my email is on the site) and I will send you a copy.

    May God Bless You,
    Rick

  • Carol Beck Round

    Hello Aaron,

    I discovered your website through RPM Ministries while searching for Christian book reviewers. Westbow Press, a division of Thomas Nelson, published my book, “Journaling with Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God,” last year. I have also released a companion workbook called “The 40-Day Challenge,” to help readers get started keeping a prayer journal to draw closer to their Creator. If you are interested in reading more about my book, you can go to Amazon.com or my website http://www.carolaround.com.

    Sincerely,
    Carol Round
    carolaround@yahoo.com