Books Read in 2014


So, here are all the books I have read in 2014, including a very short summary of each one (excerpt from description section found through Amazon).

Btw, not all books are Christian, and not all I recommend for the casual reading.

In no particular order…

  • Slaves, Women and Homosexuals by William Webb – Webb attempts to “work out the hermeneutics involved in distinguishing that which is merely cultural in Scripture from that which is timeless”.
  • Who do You Think You are? by Mark Driscoll – Driscoll explores the question, “What does it mean to be ‘in Christ’?” In the process he dissects the false-identity epidemic and, more important, provides the only solution—Jesus.
  • Give them Grace by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson – Helps Christian parents raise their children with grace and the gospel, addressing topics such as the law, God’s forgiveness and love, and true heart obedience.
  • Overcoming Sin and Temptation by John Owen – Three classic works on sin and temptation that are profoundly helpful to any believer who seeks to become more like Jesus Christ.
  • Simple Church by Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger – Simple Church calls Christians to make a clear return to the simple gospel-sharing methods of Jesus.
  • Introducing Logic – This book follows the historical development of logic, explains the symbols and methods involved and explores the philosophical issues surrounding the topic in an easy-to-follow and friendly manner.
  • The Question that Never Goes Away by Philip Yancey – There are reasons to ask…the question that never goes away: Where is God when we suffer? And Yancey…leads us to find faith when it is most severely put to the test.
  • The Lord’s Prayer by Paul W. Meier – Building around God’s desire for unity among all creation, each petition is explored to reveal internal, external, literal, metaphorical, and mystical treasures common to the Aramaic language
  • Renovation of the Heart by Dallas Willard – Renovation of the Heart lays a biblical foundation for understanding what best-selling author Dallas Willard calls the “transformation of the spirit”—a divine process that “brings every element in our being, working from inside out, into harmony with the will of God.”
  • You Lost Me by David Kinnaman and Aly Hawkins – Discover why so many are disengaging from the faith community, renew your hope for how God is at work in the next generation–and find out how you can join in.
  • How (not) to Speak of God by Peter Rollins – With sensitivity to the Christian tradition and a rich understanding of postmodern thought, Peter Rollins argues that the movement known as the “emerging church” offers a singular, unprecedented message of transformation that has the potential to revolutionize the theological and moral architecture of Western Christianity.
  • The Phenomenon of Man by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin – Visionary theologian and evolutionary theorist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin applied his whole life, his tremendous intellect, and his great spiritual faith to building a philosophy that would reconcile religion with the scientific theory of evolution
  • Quantum Physics and Theology by John Polkinghorne – From his unique perspective as both theoretical physicist and Anglican priest, Polkinghorne considers aspects of quantum physics and theology and demonstrates that the two truth-seeking enterprises are engaged in analogous rational techniques of inquiry
  • The Book of Acts by Kevin Connor – In these days of renewed outpouring of the Holy Spirit, God’s people are looking once again at the book of Acts. This insightful text unlocks the keys to the success and impact of the early Christian Church.
  • Basic Christianity by John Stott – In this book world-renowned scholar and preacher John Stott clearly defines both the fundamental claims of Christianity and the proper outworkings of those basic beliefs in the daily lives of believers.
  • The Prayer of the Lord by R.C. Sproul – In The Prayer of the Lord, Dr. R. C. Sproul writes, Jesus intent was to give His disciples a model prayer, an example to follow, one that would teach them transferrable principles for conversation with God.
  • Sexuality in Greek and Roman Culture by Marilyn Skinner – Covers a wide range of subjects, including Greek pederasty and the symposium, ancient prostitution, representations of women in Greece and Rome, and the public regulation of sexual behavior.
  • The Bible Unearthed by Neil Asher Silberman and Israel Finkelstein – In this iconoclastic and provocative work, leading scholars Israel Finkelstein and Neil Asher Silberman draw on recent archaeological research to present a dramatically revised portrait of ancient Israel and its neighbors.
  • A Walk through the Bible by Lesslie Newbegin – Lesslie Newbigin, one of the most legendary theologians of the 20th century, uses simple storytelling to guide us through an accessible understanding and reorientation of the biblical narrative.
  • 4 Views of Divine Providence – This book introduces readers to four prevailing views on divine providence, with particular attention to the question of who Jesus died to save (the extent of the atonement) and if or how God determines who will be saved (predestination).
  • 4 Views of The Historical Adam – Four Views on the Historical Adam clearly outlines four primary views on Adam held by evangelicals, featuring top-notch proponents of each view presenting their positions in their own words and critiquing the positions with which they disagree.
  • The Gospel in a Pluralist Society by Lesslie Newbigin – A highly respected Christian leader and ecumenical figure, Newbigin provides a brilliant analysis of contemporary (secular, humanist, pluralist) culture and suggests how Christians can more confidently affirm their faith in such a context.
  • Sex and the Single Savior by Dale Martin – Avoiding preconceptions about ancient sexuality, he explores the ethics of desire and marriage and pays careful attention to the original meanings of words, especially those used as evidence of Paul’s opposition to homosexuality.
  • What is Reformed Theology by R.C. Sproul – In thoroughly expounding the foundational doctrines and five points, Sproul asserts the reality of God’s amazing grace.
  • The Moral Vision of the New Testament by Richard Hays – A leading expert in New Testament ethics discovers in the biblical witness a unified ethical vision — centered in the themes of community, cross and new creation — that has profound relevance in today′s world.
  • Strange Fire by John MacArthur – In Strange Fire, bestselling author and pastor John MacArthur chronicles the unsavory history behind the modern Charismatic movement. He lays out a chilling case for rejecting its false prophets, speaking out against their errors, showing true reverence to the Holy Spirit, and above all clinging to the Bible as the inerrant, authoritative Word of God and the one true standard by which all truth claims must be tested.
  • Who is the Holy Spirit? by R.C. Sproul – He shows that the Spirit gives new life to unbelievers, then sanctifies, strengthens, teaches, and anoints them for ministry.
  • Introducing Quantum Physics – Scientists such as Planck, Einstein, Bohr, Heisenberg and Schrödinger uncovered bizarre paradoxes in the early 20th century that seemed to destroy the fundamental assumptions of ‘classical physics’ – the basic laws we are taught in school.
  • You and Me Forever by Francis and Lisa Chan – Marriage is great, but it’s not forever. It’s until death do us part. Then come eternal rewards or regrets depending on how we spent our lives.
  • Surprised by Suffering by R.C. Sproul – R.C. Sproul provides biblical answers to the questions all of us ask about suffering and addresses some of the many unbiblical conclusions that are put forth today
  • Death by Living by N.D. Wilson – In this astoundingly unique book, bestselling author N.D. Wilson reminds each of us that to truly live we must recognize that we are dying.
  • Four Views on Hell – The interactive Counterpoints forum allows the reader to see the four views on hell—literal, metaphorical, conditional, and purgatorial—in interaction with each other. Each view in turn is presented, critiqued, and defended.
  • Four Views on Genocide and Mercy – This book explores, in typical Counterpoints format, the Old Testament command of God to exterminate the Canaanite population and what that implies about continuity between the Old and New Testaments.
  • The Politics of Jesus by John Howard Yoder – Using the texts of the New Testament, Yoder critically examines the traditional portrait of Jesus as an apolitical figure and attempts to clarify the true impact of Jesus’ life, work, and teachings on his disciples’ social behavior.
In the future, I intend to post a review on each book I have read in 2014 and going forward. If you’ve read any of these books, I’d like to hear your opinion about it.
What have you read in 2014 that is worth sharing? What do you plan on reading in 2015?
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