Spring and Summer Book Reviews (Non-fiction)

I’ve read a handful of really helpful books over the last few months.  Here are some comments on why I liked them and how some of them may be beneficial reads for you.

Adopted for Life by Russell Moore

Julie and I have been in the adoption process for what seems like an eternity, but has really been 5 years.  I’ve logged over 40 hours of adoption/attachment training etc.  I’ve read several book or articles on adoption.  This is by far the best.  I’ve recommended it countless times over the last 6 months.  I would recommend it even if you’re not ever planning on adoption.  The gospel truths about our own spiritual adoption are worth the read of the whole book.

Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem by Kevin DeYoung

The chapter on technology is worth the price of the whole book. This book isn’t about being lazy.  It also isn’t just about how to be more efficient.  It’s more important than that.  It’s a good examination of our hearts and motivations.  This has been hugely helpful.  I will likely have to read it regularly.  PS – It is very short and easy to read.

The Explicit Gospel (Re:Lit) by Matt Chandler

Matt’s one of my favorite preachers.  This is a great book, especially if you have ‘religious baggage’.  He really does explain the Gospel and its implications explicitly.

Jesus, Justice, and Gender Roles: A Case for Gender Roles in Ministry by Kathy Keller

I didn’t realize what an exceptional thinker Tim Keller’s wife was.  This is one of the best books on gender roles I’ve ever read. Kathy’s life experience adds some serious gravitas to the content.

The Pastor’s Kid: Finding Your Own Faith and Identity by Barnabas Piper

I probably highlighted more passages in this book than any I can recall.  Barnabas has a pretty famous dad.  That doesn’t always equal perks.  Fortunately, the book is not about being a famous ‘preacher’s kid’, but just a regular PK.  I read this to hopefully avoid mistakes others have made in putting extra pressure on their children or by allowing a church to.  5 stars.  If you’re in any role where your children might be extra scrutinized (Coach, Principal, Politician etc.) this is worth a reads.

What Do You Think of Me? Why Do I Care? by Edward T. Welch

I really wish I had read this when I was twenty instead of discovering it at thirty-four. Insightful, helpful and easy read.  Struggle with identity issues? Read this. It’s designed for young adults, but I think it’s pretty easy to make application regardless of where you are in life.

Comeback Churches by Ed Stetzer and Mike Dodson

Church revitalization is a hot topic these days in ministry contexts.  This is a research book.  If you’re a church planter, or have a plateaued/dying church I recommend this.

Good to Great by Jim Collins (Re-visit)

Outside of the 21 Irrefutable Laws of leadership by John Maxwell this is the best leadership book I’ve ever read.  It was time to revisit it this summer, and it felt like I was reading it for the first time.  What sets apart great companies/organizations from the good ones? This book answers it well.  If you’re a leader of any kind or level – this is a must read.

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