I’m a little late on the bandwagon, but I wanted to share my favourite books I read over the past year. Books have shaped my entire life, from being an avid reader of science fiction and fantasy as a student to being born again and developing a love for doctrinally sound non-fiction books on a variety of topics. It was really hard to rank these books, so they are in order of when I read them. These are my top 5 favourite 2018 reads that I absolutely recommend. To see the full review of these books click on their titles.
This book completely changed the way I engaged in apologetics. To say this book has helped me is an understatement. It hasn’t taken the shyness out of my personality, but it has removed a significant amount of the fear I had in engaging unbelievers about the faith. This is not a book I received a free review copy for, it’s one I felt so strongly about reading that I just had to share how much I loved this book.
This is definitely one I wish more people would read. In his book “Holy Sexuality and the Gospel,” Christopher Yuan delivers one of the most theological rich, practical, and loving books on sexuality I’ve seen. He is both understanding of what it’s like to struggle with same-sex attraction and able to deal with the topic so soundly. This book will be incredibly helpful for many, especially for those struggling to respond to a loved one coming out as LGBT. But it is not only for people who struggle with same-sex attractions, it has so much to offer any person who picks it up as “Holy sexuality” is for everyone.
Was this book groundbreaking? Probably not. Does a book need to be groundbreaking to have a profound impact on the Christian life? Definitely not. Reading this book was simultaneously pleasant, informational, and convicting. In ways I had never even considered I was (and unfortunately still find myself at times) breaking the commandments given to Moses at Sinai. This book is great for spiritual growth, recognizing one’s own sin, and as a study of the ten commandments.
Josh Hamon blends wit and history in this humorous biography of Martin Luther. The first book in a series that I very much look forward to continuing, “The Real Martin Luther” is both hilarious and informative. It creates an excellent balance between light-hearted banter and genuine historical fact. There are many images in the book, among which can be found some of my favourite words “Phase one: collect nuns” which I still giggle at. There’s a lot for everyone to enjoy, from the 10 year old who loathes biographies to the lover of
A much longer read than the others, Allert’s book is from IVP Academic. In addition to being the longest, this book is also likely to be the most controversial of the five. I really enjoyed this book for a variety of reasons, such as it spends an appropriate amount of time explaining both why the early church fathers matter to us and how we should read them. Many will mine the works of the church fathers for quotes to use as ammunition in a debate they knew nothing about. This book addresses that sort of disrespect of the fathers and then devotes the latter half of the book to actually reading some of them.
These are just five of the total books I enjoyed in 2018. Bonus #6 is Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount and His Confrontation of the World by D. A. Carson, which I thoroughly enjoyed learning from and being convicted by.
Have you read any of these before? Are any of these on your to-be-read list? Let me know in the comments!