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!

Prayer by Timothy Keller Prayer by Timothy Keller - There’s no shortage of good books on prayer. Martin Luther’s Simple Way to Pray, Answers to Prayer by George Müller, CH Spurgeon’s The Pastor in Prayer, A Call to Pray by J.C. Ryle… These are some of the finest books on prayer I’ve read, and Christians would be doing themselves a disservice in not reading […]
crossway-d-martyn-lloyd-jones-collection A brief look at the Martyn Lloyd-Jones Collection (5 volumes) - There are only a few preachers who I hold in very high esteem. Martyn Lloyd-Jones is one of them. His book, Preaching and Preachers, is essential reading for any prospective preacher (even if you disagree with some of it), but this is not his most essential work. Lloyd-Jones was first and foremost a gospel preacher. During […]
3D_RisingAbove_NoLBT-400 Rising Above a Toxic Workplace - I have a hard time imagining what it’s like to work in a “healthy” workplace. I mean, I know they exist. I even have friends who work in places they absolutely love. But I’ve worked in more unhealthy ones than not. And some have been downright toxic. Like, hearing the owner of a company I worked for […]
BeatGodToThePunch_TC1 Beat God to the Punch - I’ve got to hand it to Eric Mason: Beat God to the Punch may be the most provocative title I’ve seen in ages. In fact, that’s is what made me take notice when I first learned of it, and when it eventually arrived in my mailbox. When I cracked the tiny book open, I immediately saw how well suited it was. […]
you-and-me-forever You and Me Forever - If you’ve read more than one or two Christian marriage books, you may have noticed they tend to follow a pretty standard template. For a marriage to be successful, husbands and wives need to: Understand how God has intended them to be (with some sort of discussion of Genesis 2); Have frequent sex; See how […]
9781629950877 The Pagan Heart of Today’s Culture - Nature abhors a vacuum. A bit cliché, perhaps, but true nonetheless, especially as we consider the cultural landscape of the West. As Christianity’s influence in wanes, something else is rising to take its place. But what? According to Peter Jones, it’s paganism, or Oneism. In The Pagan Heart of Today’s Culture, the latest in P&R and Westminster Theological […]
can-i-really-trust-bible-cooper Can I Really Trust the Bible? - There are a lot of really great books out there on the trustworthiness of the Bible. Some of these tend to be on the academic side, demonstrating the historical reliability of the Scriptures, the formation of the canon and so on. Others are more devotional in nature, designed to edify and encourage believers as they […]
COMPANY-COLOR-BIG-300 The Company We Keep - “…What really matters is what you like, not what you are like… Books, records, films—these things matter.” With this one sentence, Rob, the grumpy, and broke protagonist of the Nick Hornby novel (and, later, John Cusack film), High Fidelity, perfectly captures the shallowness of our world’s understanding of friendship, a problem exacerbated by Facebook and other forms of social media. […]
FURT_9781601424563_jkt_all_r1.indd Crash the Chatterbox - How do we hear God’s voice? Are all negative thoughts really bad for us? My thoughts on these questions and more can be found in my review of Crash the Chatterbox: Hearing God’s Voice Above All Others by Steven Furtick over at The Gospel Coalition: First, let’s talk about the good of this book. Furtick builds his argument, or […]
replant-devine-patrick Replant - Can a dying church live again? It seems like such a simple question. As long as there are people present and the Bible is faithfully preached, there’s every chance. But even so, there is no guarantee. Conflict, turf wars, wounds from church splits, and numerous other challenges are very real threats attempts to revitalize, especially the dreaded seven words, “But […]
facing-leviathan Facing Leviathan - Influence. Leverage relationships. Eschew formal authority. Develop compelling values… this is pretty much what you see in all the best-selling leadership books. And while it’s not all bad (although not all good, either), it begs the question: if influence is the silver bullet, why isn’t it working?  Mark Sayers, senior leader of Red Church in Melbourne, Australia, may have […]
why-not-emergent 16 timely quotes from Why We’re Not Emergent - At the beginning of the year, I started what I called the re-reading project, an attempt to diversify my reading a bit in 2014 by re-reading one previously enjoyed book each month. A few weeks back, I decided to take a trip back in time to 2008, to the days when men’s capris were (strangely) […]
Proof by Daniel Montgomery and Timothy Paul Jones PROOF: Finding Freedom through the Intoxicating Joy of Irresistible Grace - The doctrines of grace have an image problem. It’s easy to understand why: Those who embrace them, those Calvinists are a shifty bunch. If they’re not limiting salvation to a tiny handful of people, they’re trying to take over your local church like stealthy ninjas. Or something. Regardless of the silliness you sometimes see, especially in the […]
The Pastor's Kid by Barnabas Piper The Pastor’s Kid - I’m not a pastor’s kid, but if I were, there are two things I know to be true: First, I’d want everyone in our church to stop using the term “PK,” and second, I wouldn’t want to be the kid of a famous pastor. Barnabas Piper didn’t have much of a choice on either count. Born three […]
titus-for-you Titus For You - I realize it’s probably a bad idea to have favorites when it comes to the Bible, but I kinda do. If I had to make a top five list for books of the Bible, Titus would be on it. For years, Titus has been one of my “go-to” reads—when I don’t know what to read, […]
everPresent everPresent - There’s a new trend in the gospel-centered publishing world: recovering a sense of locality. The time and place in which we live and minister—the physical location God has placed us—this really, really matters. Or, at least it should. Sometimes we struggle to see why we live where we do, what God’s purposes might be in […]
delighting-law Delighting in the Law of the Lord - “The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul” (Psalm 19:7). David wrote those words to describe the first five books of the Bible—Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy. These, he said, are “perfect.” These “revive” the soul. Do we see the Law the way David did? I’m guessing, probably not. We tend to view the Law in […]
The Gospel by Ray Ortlund The Gospel - It seems like  every few minutes there’s another book, article, or message being released with “gospel” in the title. Usually it’s followed by a hyphen: “The gospel-driven life,” “gospel-centered ministry,” “gospel-influenced driving…” It’s not that any of these are bad (well, except the one I made up), but sometimes I wonder if we’re in danger of turning the […]
Is It My Fault? by Justin and Lindsey Holcomb Is it My Fault? - As we sat in the school auditorium where our church meets, I could feel my wife seething beside me. Our pastor had come to a crucial text in one of the gospels—Jesus’ teaching on divorce. As we listened to our pastor strongly (and faithfully) teach on what the Bible says about marriage and divorce, Emily became […]
Know the Heretics by Justin Holcomb Know the Heretics - “Heretic” is one of those words we struggle to use well. Often times, you see it used in one of two ways—either liberally or ironically. One equates all disagreement with apostasy, the other pretends disagreement doesn’t matter at all. Both rob the word of its power. Justin Holcomb understands the seriousness of heresy and what it […]
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    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
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  • 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