Book Reviews and Notes

photo(1)A few years ago, John Piper, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, and John Stott helped me establish a regular plan for reading.  No, the three of us did not sit down together, but John Piper summarized the advice of these two great men in his book Brothers, We are not Professionals.  In the chapter, “Brothers, Fight for Your Life,” Piper begins by quoting Lloyd-Jones who told a room full of seminarians that a pastor had to fight for his life to protect his time to read.  Then he quoted John Stott’s advice for pastors about reading. “Many will achieve more. But the minimum would amount to this: every day at least one hour; every week one morning, afternoon or evening; every month a full day; every year a week. Set out like this, it sounds very little. Indeed, it is too little. Yet everybody who tries it is surprised to discover how much reading can be done within such a disciplined framework. It tots up to nearly six hundred hours in the course of a year.”

While I have not been able to follow Stott’s program fully, it gave me a framework for understanding how to set aside time to read.  Over the years, this has helped me read a lot of books, but I realize that I was not digesting books unless I took some time to write a few paragraphs about what I learned from them.

On this page, you can find my notes and reviews of the books that I am reading.    These will take several forms.  There will be both traditional books reviews as well as shorter posts where I give three takeaways from a book that I’ve read.

1. Date Your Wife by Justin Buzzard
2. The Art of Neighboring by Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon
3. Everyday Church by Steve Timmis and Tim Chester
4. The Heroic Boldness of Martin Luther by Steven J. Lawson
5. The Pastor’s Justification by Jared C. Wilson
6. Guerrilla Evangelism by Phil Spry
7. Sound Words by Jeremy Carr
8. Daddy Dates by Greg Wright
9. Jesus on Every Page by David Murray
10. God in My Everything by Ken Shigematsu
11. Finally Free by Heath Lambert
12. Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung
13. Why Christ Came by Joel Beeke
14. Innovation’s Dirty Little Secret by Larry Osborne
15. Preaching? by Alec Motyer
16. Reforming Pastoral Ministry edited by John Armstrong
17. Untamable God by Stephen Altrogge
18. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas
19. Romans 1-7 For You by Timothy Keller
20. Prophet on the Run by Baruch Maoz
21. Eternity Changes Everything by Stephen Witmer
22. The Inmates are Running the Asylum by Stephen Altrogge
23. The Storytelling God by Jared Wilson
24. Taking God at His Word by Kevin DeYoung
25. Titus for You by Tim Chester
26. What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality? by Kevin DeYoung
27. Romans 8-16 for You by Tim Keller
28. Ordinary by Tony Merida
29. 1 Samuel for You by Tim Chester
30. Blind Spots by Collin Hansen

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