When I launched this site, one of the first things I started doing is reviewing books. There are two reasons for this:
- I love books
- 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:
- Thomas Nelson
- Tyndale House
- David C. Cook
- New Growth Press
- The Good Book Company
- Logos Bible Software
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!
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 - 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 […] A brief look at The Select Works of D.A. Carson (7 vols.) - If you’re a regular reader, you know one of the theologians I respect most (and quote most frequently) is D.A. Carson. Carson, the research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and co-founder (with Tim Keller) of The Gospel Coalition, is among the best theological minds of the last 30 years, writing or editing more […] Five Points by John Piper - What’s the stereotype of the Calvinist? Depending on who you talk to, you’ll probably hear something like this: he’s a grumpy, joyless, theological nitpick who obsesses over an acronym and secretly (or maybe not so secretly) relishes the thought of people spending eternity in Hell. But should this be the case? Should the so-called doctrines […] A Call to Resurgence by Mark Driscoll - Christendom is dead. Now let’s set aside our differences and get to work telling people about Jesus. If you wanted to sum up Mark Driscoll’s new book, A Call to Resurgence, in a sentence, that’d be the way to do it. And make no mistake, pronouncing Christendom, the age of cultural Christianity, dead is no […] Called to Stay by Caleb Breakey - Millennials are leaving the church in droves (or so some say)—they’re tired of the passionless, go-through-the-motions, infotainment form of Christianity that promises a good time but doesn’t change the world. So how do you get them to stay? Caleb Breakey offers Millennials a compelling reason in Called to Stay: if you’re fed up with playing […] To Live is Christ to Die is Gain by Matt Chandler - I remember my first thought after Jesus saved me: Now what? I’d been a Christian for all of 30 seconds and I knew I wasn’t going to be able to stay where I was, which is a good thing because I was a total mess (and not just in terms of the way I’d been […] Broken Vows by John Greco - If you want to kill a conversation, bring up divorce. Even though our culture treats it as no big deal, divorce is weighty. Something breaks within us when we hear that a friend or family member’s marriage is ending. And with good reason: Instinctively, we know divorce “shouldn’t” happen. It’s not remotely what God designed […] One Way Love by Tullian Tchividjian - Tullian Tchividjian’s a troublemaker—but that’s not a bad thing. He’s taken a lot of heat for the radical picture of grace he paints Jesus + Nothing = Everything and Glorious Ruin. He’s been accused of blurring the lines of justification (our position before God) and sanctification (the process of growing in holiness). It’s even been […] Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung - “Man, I’m so busy right now.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve started a conversation or an email like this. I really hate doing it, but there it is. It’s even worse when a friend or family member opens up a conversation saying, “I know you’re busy, but…” When it comes to busyness, compared […] Clear Winter Nights by Trevin Wax - Clear Winter Nights is not an ugly book. I’m glad I’ve got that off my chest. Now, let me explain what I mean by that. A few years back, the Christian blogosphere went insane when a certain book hit the shelves. It was all anyone could talk about—the book’s message, its author, heaven, hell and the […] Boring by Michael Kelley - We Christians seem to have a love/hate relationship with “ordinary.” We look at the world around us, and want to do something significant, something grand and amazing. To do something “big and great for God.” But there are dishes to do. Bills to pay. Bums to wipe. When our bookshelves and our RSS feeds repeat […] Jesus on Every Page by David Murray - In the first Bible study I ever led, I did something stupid: I took the group through the book of Daniel. It wasn’t a complete disaster, but in hindsight it wasn’t something I could call good. Why? Because someone kind of important was missing: Jesus. At the time I was a far newer believer than […] Death by Living by N.D. Wilson - I have this friend, John. He’s got many wonderful qualities (as good friends should). But one of my favorite things about John is when he’s working out an idea. When we’re trying to come up with a hook for a sales piece or batting around ideas for how to start a presentation, a comment or […] Judges for You by Timothy Keller - Some books of the Bible are incredibly inspiring… others are downright disturbing. Judges definitely the latter. It’s a painfully honest look at the fruit of spiritual decline and the depths of human depravity. This isn’t a book you read to get a warm-fuzzy or for moral examples. Instead, writes Tim Keller, Judges reminds us that the […] The Promises of God by R.C. Sproul - We’re a culture with severe trust issues. Politicians have long struggled with this thing called honesty. Employers break their word when it’s in the apparent best interests of the bottom line. Spouses break their vows in the pursuit of “happiness.” So it makes sense that we’d take our trust issues and put them on God, […] Is God anti-gay? by Sam Allberry - Let’s be honest: many Christians have done a poor job of showing love to the homosexual community and to those among us who deal with same-sex attraction. Far too many have used particular verses to hammer people into submission, rather than explain the Bible’s position on sexuality as a whole. That’s why we need books […] Letters and Life by Bret Lott - Writing is tricky business. Everyone writes things throughout their day, so everyone thinks they can be write (as the staggering number of abandoned blogs testify). And because everyone thinks they can do it, they have a hard time appreciating the work of a writer (even when they like that writer’s work better). For the writer, […] The End of Our Exploring by Matthew Lee Anderson - Christians don’t really know what to do with questions. Some of us seem afraid to ask anything; others seem terrified to receive answers. But questions were never meant to be a source of angst nor a mask for unbelief. In his new book The End of Our Exploring, Matthew Lee Anderson challenges us to examine […] The Big Story by Justin Buzzard - Why am I here? What is the meaning of life? Do I have a purpose? Answers to such questions make up our worldview, and our worldview drives the course of our lives whether we’re aware of it or not. For many of us, however, the stories of which we’re a part are simply inadequate to […]