The end of 2018 is approaching and marks the beginning of a new reading calendar. In this post, I would like to highlight some of the most stimulating, challenging and thought-provoking books I’ve read this year. These books are a combination of theological, practical, social and devotional reads that have truly left an impression and I wish to share them with you all. The list is in no particular order and a quote is pulled from each book.
Happy Reading in 2019!
Romans For You – Timothy Keller
“Notice that in 16:25 Paul does not say “is able to save you”; rather, he says God is powerful to “establish” us through the gospel. This reminds us that the gospel is not only the entry point into the Christian life; it is also the way we continue in, grow in and enjoy life with Christ. Paul has shown in Romans how the gospel not only saves us (chapters 1 – 5), but also how it then changes us (chapters 6 – 8; 12 – 15). If we believe the gospel, God is working powerfully through it, in us. We need never move away from it.” The Mortification of Sin – John Owen
“He can make the dry parched ground of my soul to become a pool and my thirsty barren heart as springs of water. Yes he can make this habitation of dragons this heart which is so full of abominable lusts and fiery temptations to be a place of bounty and fruitfulness unto Himself” Christian Thought: A Historical Introduction – J.B. Stump
In regards to the Abrahamic covenant: “Justification is the mark that you are one of those people.” Atonement: A Guide for the Perplexed – Adam J. Johnson
“The task of the Church, I suggest, is not to determine which is the theory of the atonement, or which theory of the atonement has pride of place among others. Rather, following Thomas (who stands clearly in line with the majority position of the history of theology), we ought to witness to the fittingness of the atonement: to demonstrate how the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ brings together a wide array of benefits for the sake of the reconciliation of all things to God, that we might have as full an understanding as possible of the work God accomplished in Christ.” Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive Through the Dangers of Leading – Ronald A. Heifetz
“Exercising leadership is an expression of your aliveness… But when you cover yourself up, you risk losing something as well. In the struggle to save yourself, you can give up too many of those qualities that are the essence of being alive, like innocence, curiosity, and compassion.” Empowerment Ethics for Liberated People – Cheryl J. Sanders
“The resources needed to end poverty are readily available, but the will to end poverty is non-existent.” On The Incarnation – Athanasius of Alexandria
“I believe that many who find that “nothing happens” when they sit down, or kneel down, to a book of devotion, would find that the heart sings unbidden while they are working their way through a tough bit of theology with a pipe in their teeth and a pencil in their hand.” The Next Worship: Glorifying God in a Diverse World – Sandra Maria Van Opstal
“Multiethnic worship, for me, means worship that acknowledges and honors the diversity of people in God’s global and local church, and teaches local congregations to understand and honor that same diversity.” Strength To Love – Martin Luther King Jr.
“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” Christus Victor – Gustaf Aulen
“It is precisely the work of salvation wherein Christ breaks the power of evil that constitutes the atonement between God and the world; for it is by it that He removes the enmity, takes away the judgment which rested on the human race, and reconciles the world to Himself, not imputing to them their trespasses.”