25 MOST INFLUENTIAL BOOKS

I have read about half the books on this list and am at least familiar with the rest of these books and I agree wholeheartedly.

Veritas et Lux

Often I am asked, “What are the most influential books in your life?”  While the Bible is obviously the most influential book in my life, I offer twenty-five more that should be required reading for every Christ-follower.  Some titles do not include reviews, since I read these before my blogging days.

# 1 THE DOCTRINE OF GOD – John Frame

The most influential book in my life, outside of Scripture

# 2 TOTAL TRUTH – Nancy Pearcey

One of the most important books of the 21st century.

# 3  THE PLEASURES OF GOD – John Piper

This book taught me above all that God is delighted to be God.

# 4  THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD – A.W. Pink

An absolutely foundational book that deserves to be read and re-read.

# 5  DESIRING GOD – John Piper

See my review

My introduction to Christian hedonism.

# 6 – FOUNDATIONS OF GRACE…

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Daily Roundup

Desiring God recently did an interview with Kevin DeYoung on his new book The Hole In Our Holiness.  I’ve included all 7 parts as links below.  I encourage you to watch them because personal holiness (sanctification) is very important and one of the least taught doctrines in the Church today.

To purchase the book from Amazon, click on this link.

 

Daily Roundup

Chopping Down Error Can Be Costly – Listen to what Charles Spurgeon says about faith, error, and the cost.

12 Reasons Why Public Worship is Better Than Private Worship – If you had the choice between private Bible reading and prayer, or going to church, which would you choose?  The Puritans would choose church contends David Murray.

Lutheran Church Missouri Synod on 2011 NIV – The findings of the LCMS on the inclusive language found in the 2011 NIV translation.  Bully for them!

The Hole In Our Holiness – I have not read this book as it just came out and I wasn’t one of those chosen to get an advanced copy, but I have listened to a few of the semons that this book is based on.  I think it is well worth your time to order and read it.  Holiness, both the understanding of what it is, how it works in our lives, is something we know little about.

Reading Scripture Publicly – One of the specific admonitions Paul gave the younger pastor Timothy about his ministry was this one.  ”Devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture” he told him (I Timothy 4:13).

Ligonier $5 Friday Sale – Check out the deals of the week at Ligonier Ministries.

Quote:

While the church as the community of believers is the context within which the Spirit’s testimony is confirmed, Scripture’s authority is not granted by the church’s decision. The opposite is true: Scripture founded the church. Through the gracious work of the Holy Spirit, Scripture is self-authenticating. ~Herman Bavinck

I think this might be a good book to read.

The Reformed Reader

This is quite the book: Losing Our Virtue by David Wells.  In it, he explains how many aspects of modernity and postmodernity have crept into the church to the point where any talk about sin is avoided and talk about self is central.  From watered down emotional praise songs to therapeutic sermons to the loss of reverence and awe in worship, Wells calls out the sins of the modern church.  This book is a sort of trumpet call for churches to repent of their worldliness and reform according to the word (rather than culture).  I appreciated these paragraphs near the end of the book.

“The wisdom common to many of our marketers is that, if it wants to attract customers, the Church should stick to a positive and uplifting message.  It should avoid speaking of negative matters like sin.  Not only so, but what has distinguished the Church…

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Banner of Truth Booksale

Monergism, along with The Banner of Truth is having what is known as the 8th Annual Banner of Truth Mega-Sale.  You can find out more about it by clicking this link.  They have a lot of books by Puritan writers for sale at a pretty good price.  There is even an additional 10% discount if you follow these instructions:

            1) Sign in to your customer account. You must be a registered customer for your coupon to work. If you are not already registered, simply register with username and password before you place your order.

            2) Select at least $50.00 worth of books

            3) After you click “Check Out” a page will appear called “Your Shopping Cart”. Below the shopping cart type the text banner2012 in the “Coupon or Promotional Code” box. Click “APPLY”

            4) 10% of your total will automatically be removed from your order.

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Offer good everywhere and ends Wednesday July 25th 2012 at 11:59 p.m. and does not apply to any previous orders.

Daily Roundup

The Power of the Gospel’s “Already” and “Not Yet” – Great post on the Gospel causing us to look back and also forward.

You Might Be Envious If… – Well, the link says it all!

Is Your Leadership Driven by Ability or Jesus? – Joe Holland gives some pointers on leadership.

Jesus’ Diary – Barry York asks if you would read Jesus’ diary if it were to be published.

Husbands Test Your Wives – Kind of a tongue-in-cheek title, but an interesting article geared towards men by Mark Lamprecht.

How Can A Pastor Help His Children Appreciate His Work, Not Resent It – Brian Croft of Practical Shepherding fame has more helpful advise for Pastors.

Killing Calvinism – Frank Turk’s review of the book.  I’m planning on buying this one, but not because of the review, just because I think it would be a good read.

You Cannot Live The Gospel – An excerpt from “What Is The Gospel” by Voddie Baucham.

 

 

The Dead Still Speak

What Is the Church’s Main Task?

There are other agencies in the world which can deal with many of the problems of man kind. I mean by that, things like medicine, the State, even other religions, and cults, and psychology and various other teachings and political agencies. These are all designed to help, and to relieve somewhat, the human condition, to ease the pain and the problem of life and to enable men to live more harmoniously and to enjoy life in a greater measure. They set out to do that, and it is no part of our case to say that they are of no value. We must observe the facts and grant that they can do good, and do much good. They are capable in a measure of dealing with these things. But none of them can deal with this fundamental, this primary trouble at which we have been looking.

Not only that, when they have done their all, or when even the Church coming down to that level and operating on that level alone, has done her all, the primary trouble still remains. So I would lay it down as a basic proposition that the primary task of the Church is not to educate man, is not to heal him physically or psychologically, it is not to make him happy. I will go further; it is not even to make him good. These are things that accompany salvation; and when the Church performs her true task she does incidentally educate men and give them knowledge and information, she does bring them happiness, she does make them good and better than they were. But my point is that those are not her primary objectives. Her primary purpose is not any of these; it is rather to put man into the right relationship with God, to reconcile man to God. This really does need to be emphasize at the present time, because this, it seems to me, is the essence of the modern fallacy. It has come into the Church and it is influencing the thinking of many in the Church– this notion that the business of the Church is to make people happy, or to integrate their lives, or to relieve their circumstances and improve their conditions. My whole case is that to do that is just to palliate the symptoms, to give temporary ease, and that it does not get beyond that.

~Martyn Lloyd-Jones~


Preaching & Preachers (Grand Rapids, MI; Zondervan; 2011) p. 40-41