Wednesday, December 16, 2015

My Favorite Books Read in 2015

(Not published in 2015, nor in any particular order of preference)

1. Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther by Roland H. Bainton (A fantastic book on a very fantastic character in the history of the church.)

2. Augustine of Hippo: A Biography by Peter Brown (A heavy tome that attempts to help us understand possibly the wisest person to ever write a Christian book outside Holy Scripture.)

3. A Grief Observed and Letters to Malcolm by C.S. Lewis (I read A Grief Observed in the wake of my Dad's passing and it was a treasured source of authentic dealings with the real God; Letters to Malcolm reminding me that prayer is the lifeblood of the human soul.)

4. Reread The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander with my children this time (If you have boys [or really any love of epic literature], this is an absolute must read collection of stories. Adventure, courage, virtue, and morality depicted with beauty and precision.)

5. George MacDonald: A Biography of Scotland's Beloved Storyteller by Michael Phillips (MacDonald is a brilliant writer and a controversial theologian; knowing his story helps to know his stories.)

6. Paul Faber, Surgeon by George MacDonald (the amazing sequel to the amazing prequel,
Thomas Wingfold, Curate, that shows a God who slowly but surely breaks us of pride to save us from sin.)

7. St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Francis of Assisi by G.K. Chesterton (one of the greatest writers of English contemplating on the lives of two significant figures in church history.)

8. The Divine Conspiracy Continued: Fulfilling God's Kingdom on Earth by Dallas Willard and Gary Black, Jr. (when I hear Dallas speak, I think I'm hearing Jesus; this book helps me walk with Jesus everyday.)

9. Reread The Way of the Heart by Henri Nouwen (a reminder that the substance of our heart is the substance of our lives.)

10. Walking with God through Pain and Suffering by Tim Keller (an excellent treatment of one of the most difficult realities we all face.)

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