The pages linked here provide short reviews of the many of the books I have read during the year. I hope they might be of some interest.
Sex and the Supremacy of Christ – John Piper et al
The Music of the Primes – Marcus du Sautoy
Total Church – Tim Chester
Generous Justice – Tim Keller
Worth Dying For – Lee Child
The Trellis and the Vine – Marshall/Payne
GCHQ – Richard Aldrich
You Can Change – Tim Chester
All Roads Lead to Calvary – Jerome K Jerome
The King’s Speech – Mark Logue
The book of the film, but keeps going where the film left off. Very interesting indeed and well worth reading.
The Message of the Sermon on the Mount – John Stott
I read through this as part of trying to memorise the Sermon on the Mount.
The People’s Bible – Derek Wilson
A popular and interesting history of the King James Bible
A depressing example of what happens when the difficult, terrible but vital truths of the Bible clash with the culture of the day, and the truth loses. Nobody wins here.
A Sweet and Bitter Providence – John Piper
A brief survey of the book of Ruth. Typical John Piper and none the worse for that
King’s Cross – Tim Keller
Based on a sermon series on Mark’s Gospel, Tim Keller, pastor of the mega-Redeemer Church in New York, writes clearly, helpfully and thoughtfully. Strongly recommended
Scandalous – Don Carson
My Only Comfort – Death, Deliverance and Discipleship in the Music of Bach – Calvin R Stapert
A fascinating survey of some of Bach’s sacred music, including the Passions, the Mass in b minor and some of the cantatas, linking them to the foundations of the Christian Faith found in the Hiedelburg Catechism.
Why don’t Penguins’ Feet Freeze – New Scientist
Men of God – Richard Coekin and others
An excellent set of short chapters about what it means as a man to be a truly committed follower of Jesus Christ. This book was given out at the recent London Men’s Convention and would make a great foundation for a series of men’s bible studies perhaps.
Where else are you going to find a book with a chapter on the lost practice of Church Discipline? A very interesting account of nine areas which mark out a healthy church by the pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington DC. Many other equally essential areas omitted (worship, missions), but these nine look like good ones! I especially like his definition of what evangelism is not – it’s NOT the results, it IS the faithful proclamation that Christ came into the world to save sinners!
Jungle Book – Rudyard Kipling
Complete works of Kipling for £1.70 courtesy Amazon and my Kindle. Really enjoying them so far – I had never read the Jungle Book and it was so nice to read a good story, beautifully and memorably written.