My 2020 Recommended Reading List

Like I did last year, I want to give you a list of books that I would recommend reading for the year of 2020. Many of these books are directly related to where our church is heading in our vision and direction, however there is much that can be gleaned from these readings by all who take the time to dive into them. I have recommended 12 works to read for 2020. This gives you a full month to devote to reading one book, and I believe you will greatly grow in doing so. Some books are long some are short, some are very theological, some are very practical, and one is just a great entertaining read. I hope you enjoy these works as I have greatly!

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The Religious Affections by Jonathan Edwards

In one of the unsurpassed religious masterpieces produced by an American writer, Jonathan Edwards distinguishes between true and false religion by defining a believer’s correct affections and explaining their importance. This book can be a little harder to read, so take your time, reread chapters if needed, but I promise this book is so important to show you the nature of how Christ truly moves upon the hearts of believers. Also, if you have a Kindle you can also grab this work for only $0.99.

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Moby Dick by Herman Melville

One of my favorite books of all time! Every person should read this book, and it is filled with Christian allusions. Enjoy this masterpiece and think deeply on its symbolism. And if you want to chat about this book as you are reading it I am all for it! If you have Amazon prime this work is available for Free on Kindle Unlimited, and I would not be shocked if you found a free pdf of it online.

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Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret by Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor

This is a biography of one of the greatest modern Christian missionaries, Hudson Taylor. It is written by his son and daughter-in-law and is a powerful work on the heart of this missionary to China. You will be moved and emboldened to live a life on mission after reading this work!

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The Mystery of Christ, His Covenant, and His Kingdom by Samuel Renihan

One of the hardest things to do as Christians is explain the grand narrative of the Bible, and how God has been unfolding his plan of redemption from Genesis to Revelation. This book is the perfect book in helping you be able to better grasp the grand narrative of Scripture. It establishes a clear linear understanding of the biblical text in its purpose of driving the reader to see how faithfully God executes His purpose in creation. The covenantal framework from Adam to Christ, from creation to consummation is a most apt way of seeing the flow of the entire biblical text. One is lifted into the journey to see the entire scope of divine providence work out the divine decree from generation to generation, book to book, event to event, person to person. If you love biblical theology you will love this book.

Radical by David Platt

This book will transform your life in all the right ways as it shows what being a disciple is all about according to Christ himself. We all need this book!

Let the Nations be Glad by John Piper

What is a biblical view of missions? Why do we do missions? Piper has written one of the best works on missions there is. You will be so glad you read this! Also you can download the pdf of this for free by following the link.

The 1689 London Baptist Confession

This confession of faith is so important in helping us grow in our understanding of sound biblical doctrine. Read one chapter a day and you will greatly grow in your ability to explain the Christian Faith, and better understand Baptist distinctions. Make this a regular part of your Bible study and devotional life.

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Evangelism: How the Whole Church Speaks of Jesus by J. Mack Stiles

Evangelism is not about programs, it’s not about special techniques, evangelism is a way of life for the believer. In this book, Stiles gives excellent insight in helping Christians see their every day lives as a mission field. I could not recommend this book more.

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Andrew Fuller: Holy Faith, Worthy Gospel, World Mission by John Piper

Andrew Fuller brought balance in a time of extremes, and helped reestablish a theology that was both highly doctrinal and highly evangelical. Fuller is one of my favorite characters in church history, and Piper’s treatment of him is very well done and very accessible to even the teenage reader. This book is well worth your time, and also has a free pdf version.

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The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

This book is both magnificent and horrifying for the reader at times, as it will present situations very close to home. ” All at once this book is wildly comical, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters is one of the most engaging works that you will ever read on Spiritual warfare. Pick this up as soon as possible, you won’t be able to put it down.

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Expository Apologetics: Answering Objections with the Power of the Word by Voddie Baucham Jr.

Christian did you know that your greatest apologetic tool is readily available to you? It is the Word of God. So often we think we need to utilize sources outside of our Bible to try and defend the Christian faith, but such is not the case. The Word very much defends itself and the faith it puts forth, and in this work Voddie Baucham shows just how much that bids true. I know many of us struggle with how to answer objections without feeling like we need to do tons and tons of extra biblical research, and Dr. Baucham shows Christians that a strong knowledge of the Word is our greatest tool in apologetics. You will be very blessed by this book.

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The Disciplines of Grace by Jerry Bridges.

You’ve probably heard people talk about preaching the Gospel to yourself, probably heard them talk about the centrality of the Gospel in the Christian life and the Christian church. Well, many of those people are really downstream from Jerry Bridges and really this book. He shows how God means the Gospel to be central and I mean that can be cliché, there’s all sorts of ways that can go wrong. Bridges does it so, so well. Read that book, absorb that book, live out that book, you’ll be so much better for it.

 

I pray that you are able to read all these works, but more than anything read at a pace that works for you. Quality reading is better than quantity reading, especially in books like the ones above. I hope that you and yours have a wonderful New Year, God Bless!

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