We’re about half-way though 2019, and I’ve enjoyed some good books this year. Here are the top 5 I’ve read so far. Maybe you’ll consider adding one to your summer reading list.
5. Jonathan Haidt, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
I’ve never considered myself a political man. I don’t engage in many of the common conversations, probably because I don’t know many of the facts. However, I have noticed (as if anyone could miss this) that there is big difference in the way conservatives and liberals think. This book try to show us why that’s the case. I found it though-provoking and helpful as we try and answer the question of why people see the world, and consider important issues, so differently.
4. Erik Larson, In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin
If the title alone doesn’t perk your interest, I don’t know what will. Erik Larson’s novelistic style of writing history allows readers to enter his stories and feel like we’re actually there. I’ve always found WWII history fascinating, but I’ve never considered what it would have been like to live in Germany while Hitler was slowly, but surely, gaining power. Larson’s detailed accounts, full of first-hand stories pulled out of his research, shows how both individuals and nations failed to see the sickness growing in Berlin in the mid 20th century.
3. Francis Schaefer, True Spirituality: How to Live for Jesus Moment by Moment
This will not be the last book I read by Francis Schaefer, but it was the first. Reading Schaefer for the first time felt like suddenly discovering the writings of C.S. Lewis. I can’t believe I’ve missed this guy for so long! His writing is fresh, interesting, and deeply compelling. True Spirituality is Schaefer’s effort to help us shake the cobwebs off of our faith and enjoy close, vibrant fellowship with our Savior. As I read, I sensed that this was not only the kind of life Schaefer wanted for others, but the kind of life he lived.
2. Jonathan Edwards, The Religious Affections
A classic is a classic for a reason, and there’s a good reason that Edwards’ Religious Affections has attained “classic” status. Few books will make you look with more scrutiny at the validity of your own faith. So, prepare yourself to feel challenged. Yet, at the same time, few books will make you feel more thankful for God’s miraculous, regenerating work on your heart. So, prepare yourself to feel encouraged.
1. Peter J. Gentry & Stephen J. Wellum, Kingdom through Covenant: A Biblical-Theological Understanding of the Covenants
I need to write whole post on this book. Probably several posts. But I’ll simply say that I cannot remember the last time a book helped me understand my Bible as much as this one. It was a category-shifting, position-solidifying, faith-nourishing read from start to finish. It’s long. But it’s worth it.