Top 12 Books of 2017

The best non-fiction Christian books of 2017. Who made the cut?

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As Kingfishers Catch Fire (Book Review)

Many Evangelicals have been positively impacted by the work of Eugene Peterson. One of the Church's modern sages, Peterson is the author of many books that occupy the shelves of pastors, church leaders, and laypeople alike. His Bible translation, The Message, has been read and used by many. His writing ministry's influence is pretty much undeniable.… Continue reading As Kingfishers Catch Fire (Book Review)

Immeasurable (Book Review)

Anyone with novice familiarity with Christianity knows the ins and outs of its origin story, whether five to ninety-five years old. We all easily recall to mind the show-stopping encounter between the serpent and the woman, Eve, as he lured her into breaking God's one commandment to avoid the forbidden fruit. What was it that… Continue reading Immeasurable (Book Review)

Encountering God Through Expository Preaching (Book Review)

It was not the beginning of the book, or the end of the book, that stopped me in my tracks, but the middle. Jim Scott Orrick, one of the writers of Encountering God Through Expository Preaching, tells a quick story of surveying audiences about what mode helped lead them to Christ: "How many of you… Continue reading Encountering God Through Expository Preaching (Book Review)

As You Go (Book Review)

I recently sat down one on one with a handful of pastors, serving in various ministry contexts, to have the proverbial kitchen sink thrown at me when it comes to student ministry. What is it? What works, and what doesn't? What do I need to know? What would they do with what they know now?… Continue reading As You Go (Book Review)

How Does Sanctification Work? (Book Review)

To try and succinctly describe what it means to live the Christian life in a few words is an impossible task. It's nearly just as impossible in only one hundred words. Most people would struggle to do so, in all reality, in only one hundred pages. That's because Christian growth is a tricky thing —… Continue reading How Does Sanctification Work? (Book Review)

Recapturing the Wonder (Book Review)

If we read enough, we are fortunate to find very few books that expound on problems we don't often experience ourselves, and offer advice we are already taking. Then there are many books that we draw wisdom from, though it is specially applied to our own context and situation; while we see the author's point… Continue reading Recapturing the Wonder (Book Review)

The Tech-Wise Family (Book Review)

As a new Student Pastor, one of the first things I've gotten the chance to do is visit the local schools and see some of the kids during their lunch period. I spent a lot of time observing the students, trying to pay attention to how, and why, they do what they do today. As I… Continue reading The Tech-Wise Family (Book Review)

A New Standard: A Review of the Christian Standard Bible

If you're like me, you already have a handful of Bibles with different translations on your desk or shelf or at the office. We've all got a KJV laying around somewhere, but we also have our ESV's, NIV's, NASB's, and not to mention the dozens more translations available on our Bible apps. So, why another translation? Haven't we… Continue reading A New Standard: A Review of the Christian Standard Bible