Thursday, December 19, 2013

Top 20 Books of 2013

Top 20 Reads of 2013 (** =  my Top 10)

Long time, no blog. I know. Much of my time has been spent reading and studying some of these amazing books - all published just this year! So, here are my Top 20 of the year. I'm glad I own them all, even though several are still in the process of 'being read' to completion. I purchase most of my books from WTS Bookstore when they are first released for steep discounts. Sign up for their email newsletters to get notified when the latest and greatest titles come out. In the meantime, enjoy my list!


Academic/Scholarly


1. From Heaven He Came and Sought Her**: Definite Atonement in Historical, Biblical, Theological, and Pastoral Perspective. Gibson, Blocher, Ferguson, et al.
2. The King in His Beauty**: A Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments. Schreiner, Thomas R.
3. Covenantal Apologetics**: Principles and Practice in Defense of Our Faith. Oliphint, K. Scott and Edgar, William
4. Reformed Means Missional**: Following Jesus Into the World. Logan, Samuel, et. al
5. Thy Word is Still Truth: Essential Writings on the Doctrine of Scripture from the Reformation to Today. Lillback, Peter A. and Gaffin, Richard B.
6. Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Christian Belief. Frame, John M. (only about 100 pages in)
7. Can You Believe It's True:? Christian Apologetics in a Modern and Postmodern Era. Feinberg, John S.
8. Kingdom Come: The Amillenial Alternative. Storms, Sam.
9. Abraham Kuyper: Modern Calvinist, Christian Democrat. Bratt, James D.
10. Jesus on Every Page: 10 Simple Ways to Seek and Find Christ in the Old Testament. Murray, David.

Pastoral/Counseling

11. Resisting Gossip**: Winning the War of the Wagging Tongue. Mitchell, Matthew C.
12. Glimpses of Grace**: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home. Furman, Gloria
13. Extravagant Grace**: God's Glory Displayed in Our Weakness. Duguid, Barbara
14. Sexual Sanity for Women**: Healing from Sexual and Relational Brokenness. Dykas, Ellen.
15. Love into Light**: The Gospel, The Homosexual and The Church. Hubbard, Peter.
16 Risky Gospel**: Abandon Fear and Build Something Awesome. Strachan, Owen .
17. Found in Him: The Joy of the Incarnation and Our Union with Christ. Fitzpatrick, Elyse M.
18. Why Christ Came: 31 Meditations on the Incarnation. Beeke, Joel R. and Boekestein, William.

Commentaries

19. Galatians (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament), Moo, Douglas J.
20. Judges for You: For Reading, For Feeding, For Leading. Keller, Timothy.

3 comments:

Matt Mitchell said...

Deb, thanks for including "Resisting Gossip" in your top books list!

It's an honor, and I'm glad you liked it.

Blessings,

-Matt Mitchell

Deb W . said...
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Deb W . said...

Hi, Matt. Thank you for stopping by. And I'm honored to be able to recommend your book and hope that others will also benefit from your teaching.

Some topics seem to elicit automatic groans or knee-jerk retaliation. Gossip is like this. Whether it is because people have felt so condemned and powerless over the issue in the past, or because of teachers who have underlying agendas that come through in their messages, gossip has gotten a pretty bad wrap in our day.

Into the void, steps Matt Mitchell with his thoroughly biblical handling, pastoral care, and positively convicting message. Similar to books on prayer, there may be plenty to be found, but when one like "A Praying Life" comes along it makes a huge impact because of the depth, the Biblical foundation and the pastoral care by which the topic is handled. The same thing is true for your book "Resisting Gossip".
I pray that your book will gain as wide an audience as "A Praying Life" has found, because it deserves to have as profound an impact. Thank You!