I read more than 30 books from various genres last year, but here are my favorite five books related to theology and Christianity and one unrelated fave:
1. One Way Love by Tullian Tchividjian
A refreshing reminder of God’s grace, not just to save, but to sanctify. You can find more of my thoughts about it in my prior post: Confessions of a Law Addict.
2. The Mormonizing of America by Stephen Mansfield
This book is an excellent introduction to Mormon history as well as the differences between Mormon and Christian theology. And there are crucial differences to be aware of. It also takes a look at how Mormon theology has led to the group’s political success and national prominence.
3. Another Jesus Calling by Warren Smith
I think Jesus Calling is misguiding millions, as I’ve said before. That’s why I appreciated this in-depth look at the book by Warren B. Smith. He exposes the book’s unbiblical views and shows how Sarah Young’s description of her own experiences parallel with occult/New Age practices and accounts.
4. Taking God at His Word by Kevin DeYoung
Reading this reminded me how much I like Reverend Kevin DeYoung’s writing style. Taking God at His Word is a layman’s guide to the principle of biblical sufficiency and more.
5. Women of the Word – Jen Wilkin
Jen Wilkin doesn’t just challenge us to study the Bible for ourselves, but she shows how to do it properly and warns of various styles of “study” that lead to error. A useful tool for any Christian.
Poirot and Me – David Suchet
I’ve been reading Agatha Christie novels since my teens, possibly earlier. I’ve also been watching television adaptations of her novels and was particularly pleased with David Suchet’s portrayal of her famous Belgian detective: Hercule Poirot. This year the final series of Poirot movies aired completing the canon of Poirot stories, which Suchet began in 1989. In this book, Suchet tells the story of his acting career as well as his deep friendship with the fictional character he portrayed for 25 years. It is a beautiful tale.