And here are the others that wouldn’t fit into the other categories…
“Prayer” – This “massive” treatise on prayer delivers Keller’s extraordinary review of a huge amount of literature on the subject (his Endnotes extend to numerous pages at the back), approaching from a Protestant Christian perspective but encompassing a wide range of views on the topic. I was hoping for a book that would deliver what God says (i.e. starting from the Bible and building an understanding of everything He’s revealed on the matter); but the book never promises to be that. Instead, Keller considers what numerous people have written on the subject, giving inevitable precedence to Jesus’ teaching, but also considering the words of Christians through the centuries. It’s a great way of understanding more of what has been taught on the subject, but gives more of an ‘accessible academic look’, and it wasn’t until the end of the book that I actually found his writing motivated me to pray
“The Gospel at Work” is probably the best book out there on ‘work’ at the moment. Still a field in which Christian writing seems confused, this is a good contribution to the available literature.
“Inerrancy and the gospels” considers the inevitable challenge levelled at the gospels – the suggestion that they contradict, and therefore cannot be inerrant. Polythress approaches this from an unapologetically Christian perspective, which makes it a less suitable read for those looking in, but it does a sterling job of helping us to consider this important question simultaneously with integrity and a commitment to God’s word.
“What is the gospel?” by Greg Gilbert is excellent read, especially useful at introducing young Christians to our brilliant message (although has a brief, baffling foray into arguments about cultural transformation towards the end which – though important – may potentially confuse the less experienced reader). That doesn’t stop me wanting to heartily recommend it – it’s just that these next two impressed me even more.
Time for every thing? by Matt Fuller is the best book I’ve read on busyness. Rather than expounding a list of wise principles, Fuller starts with the things that the Bible chooses to say on the matter, and demonstrates the huge freedom that we are then afforded as Christians. It makes this book simultaneously biblical and practical, freeing and challenging.
Once again this was a book that I read an instantly started recommending.
Big God by Orlando Saer is probably the best book that I’ve read on God’s Sovereignty (not that I’ve read many!). I’d say it’s aimed primarily at a younger audience (e.g. those in their twenties), and does a great job of considering various ways in which the sovereignty of our big God works out in practice – working really hard to acknowledge the objections many have against this doctrine, and to hold up the Bible’s clear teaching on this topic.