Monday, December 26, 2011

Top 10 Reads Published in 2011

Top 10 Reads for 2011
Here is my list of favorite books published in 2011:
1.    The Glory of God in Salvation through Judgment, by James M. Hamilton, Jr.,  Crossway Books, hard copy and Kindle edition.
2.    A New Testament Biblical Theology: The Unfolding of the Old Testament in the New by G.K.Beale, Baker Academic, hard copy.
3.    For Calvinism, by Michael S. Horton. Zondervan. Kindle Edition.
4.    Tempted and Tried: The Temptation and Triumph of Christ, by Russell Moore, Crossway, hard copy.
5.    The World-Tilting Gospel: Embracing a Biblical Worldview and Hanging on Tight, by Dan Phillips, Kregel Publishing, hard copy and Kindle edition.
6.    Tie:
How the Gospel Brings Us All the Way Home, by Derek W.H. Thomas, Reformation Trust Publishing, hard copy.
Red Like Blood: Confrontations with Grace, by Joe Coffey and Bob Bevington, Shepherd Press. Kindle Edition.
7.    Greener Grass Conspiracy: Finding Contentment on Your Side of the Fence by Stephen Altrogge, hard copy and Kindle Edition.
        8.    Getting Back into the Race, by Joel Beeke, Cruciform Press, Kindle edition.
9.    Get Outta My Face! How to Reach Angry, Unmotivated Teens with Biblical Counsel, by Rick Horne, Shepherd Press. Kindle Edition.
10. Finally, tied at 10th place, two books on a similar topic:
a.     The Next Story: Life and Faith After the Digital Explosion by Tim Challies, Zondervan, Kindle Edition.
b.    From the Garden to the City: The Redeeming and Corrupting Power of Technology, by John Dyer, Kregel Publications, Kindle Edition.

Honorable mentions:

- Smooth Stones: Bringing Down the Giant Questions of Apologetics, by Joe Coffey, Cruciform Press, Kindle Edition.
- Innocent Blood: Challenging the Powers of Death with the Gospel of Life, by John Ensor, Cruciform Press, Kindle Edition.
- Awaiting a Savior: The Gospel, The New Creation and the End of Poverty, by Aaron Armstrong, Cruciform Press, Kindle Edition.
- But God: The Two Words at the Heart of the Gospel, by Casey Lute, Cruciform Press, Kindle Edition.
The four above "honorable mentions" come from Cruciform Press. Each is well written and concise -- slightly over 100 pages. Cruciform Press makes these books available through subscription at a very low cost.  


Aaron Armstrong said...

Great list! I've been looking forward to reading Dr. Hamilton's book, so this gives me extra incentive to purchase.

Also, thanks for including Awaiting a Savior and a number of my fellow Cruciform authors among your honorable mentions.

I hope you had a blessed Christmas!

Deb W. said...

Thank you very much Aaron for visiting the blog and commenting!! I almost made this list my "Top 15" becuase I wanted to include your book and the other Cruciform authors!

Btw, Dr. Hamilton's book is available on Kindle through Amazon for only $7.69! It's a great deal at that price, if you don't mind reading it on your PC or Kindle.
Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year.

DJP said...

Thanks for mentioning mine, and GREAT pick for #1. Isn't that a terrific book?

Deb W. said...

Hi Dan! It's my pleasure to recommend your book again and again.
I loved Dr. Hamilton's book, too. What an excellent, excellent work that is.

Anonymous said...

Deb, Why isn't Horton's The Christian Faith listed?

Deb W. said...

Hi, I didn't put Dr. Horton's The Christian Faith on my list, because even though I purchased it when WTS Bookstore had it on sale, I haven't been that interested in it. I read the first two chapters and one of the later ones but just couldn't get motivated. I struggled with some of his attempts to engage postmodernism and was particularly turned off by some of the inaccuracies. For instance, since when is a metanarrative a story that pretends it isn't one?? Postmodernists hate metanarratives particularly BECAUSE of the overarching theme and storyline inherent in a metanarrative.... So he has to invent "meganarrative"?? Why not giga or tera-narrative then, cause that's a lot "bigger"? Silly.

I like his movement from drama to doctrine to doxology to discipleship. That resonates. But all through the first chapter, he is specifically engaging modernist and postmodernist philosophers in very pecular ways. We are just to accept his thousands and thousands of assertions about what each of those philosophers meant? He didn't work hard enough to build his case and simply made unsubstantiated statements about their beliefs. While I agreed with some of what he said, his argument seemed strained and unnecessarily bogged down in secular philosophy -- especially for book on a systematic theology.
It just didn't keep me engaged the way I expected. Perhaps I will return to the book this year and find that I love the rest of it. We shall see... à tout à l'heure

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