Many of you have asked me to make suggestions for summer reading. Happy Reading!
If you are not acquainted with the works of John Piper (from Greenville, SC but ministering in Minneapolis) you would do well to be challenged by his two crowning works. This reformed Baptist preacher (senior minister at Bethlehem Baptist Church) has done much to revive the “spirit” of Jonathan Edwards’ teaching concerning God’s zeal for his own glory. He contends that the chief end of man is, “to glorify God by enjoying him forever.”
Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist, Multnomah, 1986.
The Pleasures of God: Meditations on God’s Delight in Being God, Multnomah, 2000.
You are gonna think I’m crazy because I am always suggesting works by Tim Keller the senior minister at Redeemer Presbyterian Church (PCA) in NYC, but he is simply the best at preaching the gospel through all of Scripture.
Keller has an amazing book for any who want to brush up on reasons for the faith – aka. Apologetics. In this work Keller tackles classic questions of the skeptic and masterfully takes a stab at them.
The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism, Dutton, 2008.
He also has a string of books good for the soul of every Christian (Keller’s goal is to release one book per year!):
The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith, Dutton, 2008.
Counterfeit Gods: The empty promises of money, sex, and power, Dutton, 2009.
Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just, Dutton, 2010.
There has also been a lot of talk about evangelism and mission in our church. It is important to know how to think about the gospel in order to begin to seek God in how to share it. I recommend the following:
Three books by Michael Horton, professor of apologetics at Westminster Theological Seminary:
Christless Christianity: The alternative gospel of the American church, Baker, 2008.
The Gospel Commission: Recovering God’s strategy for making disciples, Baker, 2011.
The Gospel Driven Life: Being good news people in a bad news world, Baker, 2009.
And two from Jerram Barrs of Covenant Theological Seminary:
The Heart of Evangelism, Crossway, 2011.
Learning Evangelism from Jesus, Crossway, 2009.