Recommended Reading

Finding Hope in Hard Things: A Positive Take on Suffering by Pierce Taylor Hibbs

Taking his own life as a reference point, Hibbs shows how hard things in life actually can and do create the greatest growth in life. He uses three data points – his father’s premature death, his own ongoing battle with anxiety, and the intrusion of self-doubt. While such events often overwhelm us, Hibbs shows how they are used by a loving Father to further our knowledge of Him and fruitfulness in life. 

The New Creationism: Building Scientific Theories on a Biblical Foundation by Paul Garner

If you have ever wrestled with the issue of young earth vs. old earth creation, this book will be helpful. Garner takes as a starting point a literal interpretation of the various biblical comments regarding creation. He then examines these in light of scientific knowledge and theory, eventually proposing theories that support a young earth answer (which is heavily dependent on seeing God as the ultimate creator, and taking a worldwide flood as a genuine and significant catastrophic event). Good reading for those interested in this area.

Under the Apple Tree: God's Word on Love, Sex, and Marriage by Jon McNeff

If the Song of Solomon is a mystery to you, this book will be an immense help. In easy-to-read language, fittingly illustrated from real life, Jon will walk you through the Solomon’s guide to dating, sex, marriage and marriage relationships. Written with the skill of a scholar, but the heart of a pastor. Excellent material for marriage or those on the threshold.  

Pandemics, Plagues, and Natural Disasters: What Is God Saying to Us? by Erwin W. Lutzer

This book does not purport to give all the answers. But it shows many of the things that God says about difficult times, thus providing perspective, comfort and hope. This will help your faith grow rather than fade in the midst of trying times whether they are personal or global. Easy, short, but profound. 

The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self by Carl Trueman

This is a scholarly work which traces the philosophical and theological underpinnings of the move from general belief in a Transcendent Lawgiver, governing the attitudes and behavior of society, to the modern approach which makes “Self” the end-all when it comes to morality, behavior and even sexual identity. Fascinating study, but requires some expenditure of time to follow the logic. 

You’re Not Enough (And That’s Okay) by Allie Beth Stuckey

In a society that focuses intently on individualism and authenticity, it is easy to come up feeling short – and sometimes hard to put the various demands into a biblical context. Stuckey helps with that in a book written particularly for older girls and women. She organizes her book around five cultural myths:

·      You are enough

·      You determine your own truth

·      You’re perfect the way you are

·      You’re entitled to your dreams

·      You can’t love others until you love yourself

A solid biblical response is given for each of these, illustrated largely from personal experience. If you have found yourself assaulted by one or more of these myths, this book will be helpful.

Being a Dad Who Leads by John MacArthur

This is not a book about new techniques. Rather, it is a clear and challenging rehearsal of biblical truths that have eternal relevance when it comes to parenting and family life. For those who desire to be Godly leaders in their home, this book will be a great help.

Reflections on the Existence of God by Richard E. Simmons, III.

Do not miss this book. This is the best book I have read in years. In 56 short essays (2-3 pages each) arranged in ten sections, Simmons makes a logically reasoned case for the existence of God and the beauty and reasonableness of Christianity. The essays are filled with stories, quotations and simple but compelling argumentation. Very easy to read. Interesting on every page. You will not be disappointed. Excellent for anyone who is searching. Will strengthen the faith of believers.

Why Social Justice is not Biblical Justice: An Urgent Appeal to Fellow Christians in a Time of Social Crisis by Scott David Allen

This is perhaps the most important book I have read this year. All contrasts the social justice movement, which has appeal just from its name, with true biblical justice to show that there is a dramatic difference. We all want to see injustices righted and justice done. But this eye-opening book will show that worldview is all-important in determining how to go about fighting for justice without getting taken in by a counterfeit philosophy that is all about power and little about justice. If you have wondered what is going on in the world and how to engage biblically, you need to read this balanced, compassionate but revealing book. Highly recommended.

Heaven by Randy Alcorn

This is a life-changing book. Want to know where you are going as a Christian? Read this book. Want to encourage an eternal perspective in your life. Read this book. Got questions about heaven? This book has answers. Alcorn speculates in some areas and give his imagination credible rein. But this book is soundly biblical. You will find yourself checking out cross references constantly. You will also find yourself amazed at what you have read before and overlooked. Where is heaven located? Won’t heaven be a little boring? Will heaven be familiar? Will we know each other in heaven? Where will we live in heaven? Will there be music and art and culture in heaven? Will we eat and drink in heaven? What will our bodies be like in heaven? Are there animals in heaven? What does restoration really mean? These are just a few of the questions that the book addresses. Some of the answers will surprise you. Check it out.