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Great Books I Read in 2013

December 17, 2013

Below is a list of great books I read this past year. Some new, some classic, all excellent!

8. Martin Luther’s Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians, this is actually free on Kindle, go get it! Luther does an awesome job of wrestling with the text and dealing with the Law/Gospel distinction that Paul so clearly lays out in Galatians.

7. Erwin Lutzer’s Hitler’s Cross, Lutzer does a great job shaping the philosophy behind the Third Reich’s choices. Lutzer wrestles with the question “Where was the church in Germany?” A great read for WWII history buffs.

6. Kevin Leman and William Pentak’s The Way of The Shepherd is a great book on leadership. Written in a story format it is easy to read, accessible and highly applicable.

5. Joel Manby’s Love Works. This is a good book on leadership in the marketplace. He wrote it after his experience on the hit TV show Undercover Boss. Anyone interested in being a better leader int he marketplace should pick up a copy of this book.

4. Ed. by Charles Spurgeon Smooth Stones Taken by Ancient Brooks. This is a great book of quotes from the puritan minister Thomas Brooks compiled by Charles Spurgeon. If you like quotes, this guy has many great quotes!

3. Thom Rainer I Am a Church Member. This book gives great insight into what it means to be a church member. It lays out the attitude we should have as church members that lead to actions!

2. Richard Swenson’s Margin Revised in 2004 this book deals with restoring emotional, physical, financial and time reserves to overloaded lives. Hopefully when I say we live in a crazy busy culture that isn’t news to you, if so, you live under a rock. Dr. Swenson speaks into the physical, spiritual and emotional ramifications of remaining in a margin less life.

1. Michael Mack’s Small Group Vital Signs. This book is the best book on groups that I have read. He addresses topics that most writers on the subject shy away from talking about. Rather than administration and functional aspects of group life, Mack speaks into Christ centered community and cares about the spiritual life of group leaders.


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