For 5 years I was the pastor of Trinity International Church in Strasbourg, France. I created this blog with those people in mind. In mid-November 2018 I will become the Senior Pastor of Word of Life Church in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. The focus of this blog will therefore shift, but I pray that people from the blogosphere will continue to find it helpful wherever they might be found.
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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Top Books I've Read in 2017

I read a lot. Don't tell my wife, but there are over 500 books on my Kindle! I've always got a bunch of books going. Some books are so good (Tozer's Pursuit of God) that I read them almost every year. Others I re-read less frequently. Still other "books" are collections like The Complete Mark Twain (which I have finished) or the Life and Works of John Owen (55 excellent volumes that I may never finish).

None of these were considered for my Top Books List.

To make the list I needed to both start and finish them in 2017. Here are my six favorites:

D.A. Carson - Praying with Paul. Carson is a solid biblical scholar but this book reveals that he is much more than that: he is a man of prayer. This look at Paul's prayer will inspire and instruct your prayer life.

John Piper - Reading the Bible Supernaturally. This book is one of the best books I have read on the Bible and the supernatural thing that occurs as we read it. Challenging and informative.

Tom Doyle - Killing Christians. A sobering and faith-deepening look at what is happening in places where being a follower of Jesus can cost you your life.

J.D. Vance - Hillbilly Elegy. Do you want to know how Donald Trump became President of the United States? This book, while not about President Trump, will tell you why. A look into a world you won't see on television, Vance tells a personal story of a forgotten America.

Tom Challies - Do More Better. Simply one of the best productivity books I've read. Written from a Christian perspective, it gives many insights into the whats, whys, and hows of getting things done.

William Manchester and Paul Reid - The Last Lion. This trilogy covers the life of Winston Churchill, one of the last century's most influential men. Well-written and full of surprising events and facts.  Entertaining and well-written, these books are well worth reading.

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