The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses by Chris Bruno. The title of this book alone captures my attention. How can someone condense the entire story of the Bible by using just 16 verses? I have to admit I was a bit skeptical. However, Bruno has done a great job in this book at tracing the grand redemptive narrative of the Bible by pointing and explaining just 16 verses. Each verses builds upon the one before and hits major points in the storyline of Scripture. I really enjoyed reading this book and would recommend to anyone who wants to be reminded of what the Bible is all about. It’s not a book made up of random stories that don’t really relate. It’s a book that unfolds God’s plan of redemption from start to finish.
You Are What You Love by James Smith. After seeing a lot a people praise this book I decided to grab a copy of it and read it for myself. The basic premise of this book seemed to be that discipleship is more about your heart than your head. In the opening chapter, Smith says, “Discipleship is more a matter of hungering and thirsting than of knowing and believing” (page 2). Smith doesn’t argue knowledge is not important, but that Christian discipleship is a journey of retraining our hearts to love and worship the right things. Throughout the book Smith explains how that looks and even spends a few chapters talking about how that looks in local church worship, the home, and in raising children. This book was one of those books that forced me chew on what was said and argued even after I was done. It was an excellent read and would recommend it to anyone who wants to be stretched in their view of discipleship.
What is Reformed Theology? by R.C. Sproul. This book have been around since the late 90’s but it has been a go to book for people who want to get basic understanding of Reformed theology. I personally lean towards Reformed theology pretty heavily myself. I’ve been influenced over the years by many Reformed preachers and writers. However, I did attend Bible college at a school that was dispensational in their theology (even though it had a hint of Reformed theology due to a few professors). Even though I consider myself pretty reformed in my theology I have always had lingering questions about certain points. This book helped answer those questions and made me even more confident that Reformed theology (although not perfect – no theological system or framework is) is very Biblical and interprets God’s Word well. The book in broken down into two major sections. In the first section Sproul explains what Reformed theology is based on. The second section walks through the TULIP (total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement, irresistible grace, and perseverance of the saints) which is the basic outline and framework of Reformed theology. This is a great book for anyone who wants a basic understanding of Reformed theology.