At this time of year we have many top 10 review lists – of movies, sports highlights, news stories and books. What follows is my top 6 list of favourite books I’ve read in 2016 – although these books were not all written in this past year! I hope you are able to enjoy some of these titles in your 2017 reading
6. ‘Revival’ by Martyn Lloyd Jones.
Written by one of the great 20th century Bible expositors, this book contains a series of messages drawing principles from the lives of Old and New Testament characters, as well as lessons from some of the great prayers of the Bible. The author explains the circumstances which accompanied past revivals, why each generation needs to experience revival, and how God in His sovereign power can bring it today. For those hungering for God to revive his Church in an outpouring of His Spirit this is a must read!
5. ‘Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus’ by Nabeel Qureshi.
In this book the author describes his dramatic journey from Islam to Christianity with a description of his friendships, investigations and supernatural dreams along the way. It’s a powerful story of the clash between Islam and Christianity in the heart of one man and of his eventual experience of the peace of Christ.
4. ‘The atheist who didn’t exist: Or the dreadful consequences of bad arguments’ by Andy Bannister
This is an easy to read book by an author who is part of the Ravi Zacharias ministry team. It addresses some of the more popular atheist sound bites about the Christian faith and exposes the flaws in these arguments. This book will help the reader to think more deeply about the popular claims of atheism and equip Christians to begin a conversation with secular friends. It’s also a good gift for unbelieving friends as they address the big questions of life.
3. ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ by CS Lewis
I’m ashamed to say this was my first reading of what is a classic of children’s literature. It’s not only a great book to read with your kids but also a book for adults who can enjoy rich imaginative story lines and tremendous Christian symbolism. To step through the wardrobe in, ‘The lion, the witch and the wardrobe’ and to meet Aslan, the Christlike lion, is quite the experience for any reader. Make sure you read the 7 books contained in the chronicles in the correct order!
2. ‘What grieving people wish you knew about what really helps ( and what really hurts)’ by Nancy Guthrie
We desire to be there for the person we love who is grieving but are anxious that we do and say the right thing. The author writes from the experience of losing two small children. This book is practical and down-to-earth with real life examples and helpful tips from grieving people who have been helped and sometimes hurt by well meaning friends. This book will help equip you to come alongside those close to you who are hurting and going through loss.
1. ‘Knowing Christ’ by Mark Jones
Written by a fellow PCA pastor from Vancouver, this book is an incredible unpacking of truth about the person and work of Jesus Christ from a reformed tradition and especially grounded in the writings of the Puritans. It includes 27 short but rich chapters on Jesus Christ and will bless us as we explore with the author the riches of our Saviour.