I confess, I am a bibliophile. I love old books by dead people, and I love new books by young authors. I love my bookshelves, disorganized as they are. I love tattered books and the way a room full of books smells. (Secondhand clothing stores scare me, but I love used bookstores.) I even love the Kindle app and e-books, though not as much as paper books. I love books.
My question to you is, what are you going to read in 2017? Have you made a plan or given it any thought yet?
Yesterday, author Jared Wilson (you should buy his books) tweeted out a link to the top 100 “Christian Bestsellers” of 2016, as compiled and distributed by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. The top twenty-five included four adult colouring books and two books of jokes for kids. Just read that sentence one more time, slowly, and then ask yourself about the health of the church in North America. In fact, there aren’t many books in that top 100 I would wholeheartedly recommend. And to me, that is disturbing.
Assuming your adult colouring book collection is adequate, here are ten books to consider adding to your library, in no particular order:
Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis
Orthodoxy, G.K. Chesterton
The Cost of Discipleship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Basic Christianity, John Stott
The Pursuit of God, A.W. Tozer
The Prodigal God, Timothy Keller
Counterfeit Gods, Timothy Keller
Desiring God, John Piper
Knowing God, J.I. Packer
How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth, Gordon D. Fee