Among the books that I have read this year, here are my favourites without any kind of ranking:
- The Pastor: A Memoir (Eugene Peterson)Eugene Peterson remains one of the biggest influences on my walk in Christ. Like Scott Sauls (another “hero” of mine) writes, Peterson’s pastoral ministry has inspired so many with ”his emphasis on ordinary faithfulness over a shallow pursuit of extraordinary experience, his repudiation of Christian celebrity, [and] his inspiration toward ‘a long obedience in the same direction’”. This book is filled with heart-warming stories of how God has shaped Peterson’s tender and affectionate heart that truly embodies grace as a Person.
- Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church (N.T. Wright)Wright’s writing sometimes seems to be unorganised for its readers, but this book articulates so well against the common misunderstanding of Christian faith being equivalent of “going to heaven when you die” whereas the reality is “heaven coming down to and on earth” m. In this case, we Christians have not lived as resurrected people.
- Waiting On God (Andrew Murray)A wonderful daily devotional by Murray on an active and hope-filled waiting on God.
- Letters from a Skeptic: A Son Wrestles with His Father’s Questions about Christianity (Greg Boyd)I am definitely not an “open-theist”, but it does not at all affect how much I appreciate this book. I have truly enjoyed this book and am thankful for its publishing. Boyd’s love and patience for his father is an inspiring pattern to all of us, not to mention he so eloquently articulates many things that I have tried to expressed in words, yet find it difficult. I think every believer should read this.
- All Is Grace: A Ragamuffin Memoir (Brennan Manning)Many modern-day Pharisees enjoy condescending Manning in either an out-there or a subtle way, but Manning’s life, as recorded in this memoir, exactly manifests “where sins run deep, Your grace runs deeper” (Romans 5:20).
- Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading (Eugene Peterson)See my book review here
- God’s Big Picture: Tracing the Story-Line of the Bible (Vaughan Roberts)Based on Graeme Goldsworthy’s work, Roberts summarises how the kingdom of God is the central theme of the Bible. I came across this book during my time in The Hookses with the brother and sisters in my local church.
- A Meal with Jesus: Discovering Grace, Community, & Mission Around the Table (Tim Chester)A refreshing read on sharing meals with non-believers by Tim Chester, one of my favourite authors of today (not that I have read many of his books).
- You Can Change: God’s Transforming Power for Our Sinful Behavior and Negative Emotions (Tim Chester)See my book review here
- The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness (Tim Keller)A great little book by Keller, even the non-habitual readers should read it! What we need most today are indeed messages like this: not I but Christ.
Some other books that I have enjoyed:
- Heaven Misplaced (Douglas Wilson)
- A Public Faith: How Followers of Christ Should Serve the Common Good (Miroslav Volf)
- Art & the Bible (Francis Schaeffer)
- Simply Good News: Why the Gospel Is News and What Makes It Good (N.T. Wright)
See my book reflection here
- Love That Lasts: How We Discovered God’s Better Way for Love, Dating, Marriage, and Sex (Jefferson and Alyssa Bethke)
See my book reflection here