2017 was a good year for reading for me. By God’s grace I read 20 books this past year. Here are my top 5 in no particular order (too hard to rank):
1. “The Trellis & The Vine” by Colin Marshall & Tony Payne – This is a book that focuses on discipleship/discipling (helping people follow Jesus) within the community of the local church. This will be a discipleship book that I refer back to often (starting at the top of this year).
2. “Dangerous Calling” by Paul Tripp – Paul Tripp wrote this book to encourage pastors towards personal health – accountability, transparency, life-giving community, etc. He wrote this from his many conversations with pastors that revealed deep struggles, wounds, etc. This is a must read for pastors (IMHO).
3. “Among Wolves” by Dhati Lewis – I think the reason this book is so impactful to me is that I know that Dhati lives this book (it isn’t just theory). These chapters were embedded into my life when I was part of the BLVD cohort in the fall of 2015. It is a very practical book to mobilize a church towards creating a disciple making culture.
4. “Habits of Grace” by David Mathis – This is one of the best books on spiritual disciplines that I have ever read. I love how Mathis frames every habit within the context of the grace of the gospel. I have already begun taking others through this book. It is a very practical book on the disciplines, and includes discipling others, generosity, etc. – as other habits of grace.
5. “Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee” by Dee Brown – This book is a history of America from the perspective of Native Americans from many different tribes. It walks the reader through the chronological history of American settlers as they pushed from east to west. It is a sad and sobering read as time and time again we (American govt) lied to, stole from, and ultimately wiped out (it was genocide) Native Americans from this land. I definitely want to read more books on Native American history.
Honorable Mention: “Oneness Embraced” by Tony Evans, “Overrated” by Eugene Cho, “Gospel Fluency” by Jeff Vanderstelt, “Finding Faithful Elders & Deacons” by Thabiti Anyabwile, “Designed To Lead” by Eric Geiger, “What The Bible Teaches About Homosexuality” by Kevin DeYoung, “The Pastor’s Ministry” by Brian Croft, “The Gospel of the Kingdom” by George Eldon Ladd
What books impacted you this year?