50 One Sentence Book Reviews (Part 2)
As promised, here’s numbers 26-50 of the one sentence book reviews. Make sure you check out Part 1 if you haven’t read it yet.
26. Fish out of Water by Abby Nye – A must-read for any high school senior graduating from a Christian school who plans on attending a secular university. Wish I had read this before I went away to college.
27. Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray – A call to total dependence on God.
28. Thoughts for Young Men by J.C. Ryle – Another one that I wish I had read when I was younger; it might have saved me some pain.
29. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain – Hilarious!
30. A Place of Healing by Joni Eareckson Tada – What a testimony this woman continues to have as she enters a new stage of suffering in her life. Great example of dependence on God’s sovereignty, promises and character.
31. God Wins by Mark Galli – Christianity Today’s senior managing editor responds to Bell’s Love Wins. I recommend this one over Chan’s response (#41).
32. The Millenials by Thom S. Rainer & Jess W. Rainer – A report based on their research of the generation born between 1980 and 2000. Don’t be fooled, it is very engaging and quite informative. I recommend this over UnChristian.
33. Conquer Your Fear, Share Your Faith by Kirk Cameron & Ray Comfort – Who better to teach you to share your faith than the child star of Growing Pains and a Kiwi? There’s a lot of good tips on evangelism and street preaching, but I’m a little wary of Comfort’s insistance that you must always use the 10 commandments in personal witnessing.
34. The School of Obedience by Andrew Murray – Wanna feel convicted?
35. The Other Side of the River by Kevin Reever – First hand account of a guy who got burned bad by hyper-Charismania invading his church. His experience seemed almost archetypal to what I’ve heard from from friends who have encountered similar situations.
36. Knowing God by J.I. Packer – Seriously, go to amazon and buy a copy. This is just an EXCELLENT book on the attributes of God.
37. Found: God’s Will by John MacArthur – You don’t need to sit around and wait for a mystical voice to know God’s will for your life (he wrote it down already).
38. All of Grace by C.H. Spurgeon – Hey… that title sounds familier. Spurgeon explains in plain language (for his day) how the gospel, from start to finish, is all a work of God’s sovereign grace.
39. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – I WAS ON MY HONEYMOON! So give me a break. It was a fun read.
40. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins – Well, I couldn’t just stop in the middle of the series! Oh the shame.
41. Erasing Hell by Francis Chan & Preston Sprinkle – Another rebuttal to Love Wins. Some good content, but overall I thought it was pretty weak.
42. Ashamed of the Gospel by John MacArthur – The sacrifices we make in the name of pragmatism and engaging the culture betray something much deeper; we are ashamed of the gospel.
43. How Should We Then Live? by Francis A. Schaeffer – Interesting to read this work from today’s vantage point. Though mostly brilliant as far as cultural criticism goes, it helped me to understand why Schaeffer’s ideas are often pointed to as source of much of modern Evangelicalism’s mission-shift.
44. I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist by Norman L. Geisler & Frank Turek – One of the finest, most accessible and thorough apologetics works I’ve read.
45. Beautiful Outlaw by John Elderidge – The point of everything Jesus did was just to goof around with disciples—that’s honestly the gist of the book! This guy is literally insane. If you make the mistake of reading this, do me a favor and count how many times he says, “That’s sooo Jesus!”
46. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard – History has never been so exciting!
47. What is the Mission of the Church by Kevin DeYoung & Greg Gilbert – A persuasive and much needed defense of the gospel as the central mission of the Church.
48. Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung – In the same vein as #37. Worth a read.
49. The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards by Stephen J. Lawson – An edifying exposition of Edwards’ famous resolutions.
50. What is Faith? by J. Gresham Machen – Just an incredible book defining faith from the Bible. It’s my belief that a misunderstanding of just what faith is is behind much of the error in the Church today. Read it!
So there you have it. I hope that this list has been informative or at least humorous for you. Tomorrow, I will be writing a top 10 list of books I recommend and why.
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