Five Books I Enjoyed in 2019

Around this time last year, I shared with you some of the books that I enjoyed reading during the year. Since a number of people expressed their appreciation for that list and since I read some great books again in 2019, I thought I’d do the same this year. I understand that not all of us are readers and that the busyness of life can squeeze out the time required for reading. I also understand that the sheer number of Christian books on the market can be overwhelming and make it difficult to know where to begin. But I am thoroughly convinced of the importance of reading for a Christian and I have found the following books thoroughly enjoyable and helpful, and I commend them to you.

Enjoying God: Experience the Power and Love of God in Everyday Life
by Tim Chester
What exactly does a relationship with God look like, and how is it even possible? This is the question that Tim Chester answers in this excellent book, and he does so with great clarity, profound insight, and helpful practical application. Highly recommended!

None Like Him: 10 Ways God is Different from Us (and Why That’s a Good Thing)
by Jen Wilkin
If you would like to know more about God, about who he is and what he is like, then outside of the Bible, this book is the perfect place to start. Jen Wilkin explores ten attributes of God that are unique to him and she explains how they impact our lives in powerful ways. This book will leave you in awe of God and more aware of his work in your life.

The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place
by Andy Crouch
Let’s be honest, technology has taken a prominent place in our homes and our lives at an alarming pace. I’m sure we’ve all questioned at some stage how much time and attention we give to our phones and TV’s. In this book Andy Crouch has provided a practical guide to help us get technology under control in our homes and lives. This is essential reading in our day and age.

God’s Big Picture: Tracing the Storyline of the Bible by Vaughan Roberts
If you’ve ever found yourself lost in the dense forest of the Bible, if you’re not sure how the different sections of the Bible relate to one another and fit together, this is the book for you. We worked through the material in this book as a staff team this year and it was an incredibly helpful and enriching experience.

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
While not strictly a ‘Christian’ book, this is a searing story of the fight for justice in the American criminal justice system. Bryan Stevenson’s example is inspiring and moved me to examine my own efforts at pursuing justice and speaking up “…for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute…” (Prov. 31:8).

Take up and read.

Grace and peace,