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2006 Books (Christian)

TOP CHRISTIAN BOOKS 2006

I normally do a top ten, this year I appear to have read a lot of good books so I've changed the format slightly and collected books by type.... that leads to a top eight...


CHURCH/MINISTRY:
Instruments in the Redeemers Hands (Paul David Tripp).
A great book from the CCEF on applying the gospel to peoples lives. Also: The Transforming Community (Mark Lauterbach), Confessions of a Reformission Rev (Mark Driscoll), The Deliberate Church (Mark Dever), The Cross and Christian Ministry (Don Carson), The God-centred Life (Josh Moody), The Tide is Turning (Terry Virgo)



CHRSITIAN LIFE:
Glory Days (Julian Hardyman)
This practically shows us how to live all of life for Jesus and demolishes the traditional secular-sacred divide. Similar to this was The Busy Christians guide to Busyness (Tim Chester).



EVANGELISM:

Why Good Arguments Often Fail (James Sire)
A great new book on talking sense in apologetics, warm and thorough challenge that maintains the vital importance of the Holy Spirit in apologetics.




SPIRITUALITY:

Spiritual Depression (D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones)
This is a classic and was good to read whilst re-reading Future Grace (John Piper) this summer. Convergence (Sam Storms) was a welcome book on what it looks like to be Reformed and Charismatic. Late in the year I also enjoyed The Great Divorce (C.S. Lewis).


"DOCTRINE":
Putting Amazing back into Grace (Michael Horton)
A popular level introduction to reformed thinking with warmth and good humour. A counterpoint to this was Robert Picirilli's Grace, Faith and Free Will which I can't say I agreed with! The Word Became Fresh (Dale Ralph Davis) was a welcome book on Old Testament narrative. Always Reforming, Above all Earthly Pow'rs and Giving the Sense were three volumes of essays I've appreciated dipping into this year. This was the year I began to read The Institutes of Christian Religion (John Calvin) which is now way up there on my all time favourite books.


COMMENTARY:
Notes on Galatians (J.Gresham Machen)
This book has helped me get a better grip on Galatians. I've also valued a number of the Old
Testament BST volumes this year, though I wish they had more Biblical Theology. The Numbers BST was particularly helpful back in June. Both The Message of the Old Testament and The Message of the New Testament (Mark Dever) were very welcome additions to the bookcase - especially because they were freebies!


BIOGRAPHY:
Contending for our all (John Piper)
Lessons from the lives of Athanasius, Gresham Machen and John Owen. Men of whom the world was not worthy who stood for truth. Fallible heroes who point us to God.


PURITANS:
Overcoming Sin and Temptation (John Owen, eds Justin Taylor and Kelly Kapic)
A classic to read again and again. See also this year: The Life of God in the Soul of Man (Henry Scougal), The Pleasantness of Christian Religion (Matthew Henry), The Reformed Pastor (Richard Baxter), The Art of Prophesying (William Perkins). This has been a year of getting into the puritans. So often they are clearer and more weighty than most new books.


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