Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Ten Books I read in 2010 that You should Read in 2011

I know that my annual top ten books of the year list is a late in coming, but I still wanted to take some time encourage my faithful followers to pick up a book and read.  Here are my lists from 2008 and 2009 just in case there is a book on one of those lists that might peak your interest.

10. Liberalism: The Classical Tradition by Ludwig von Mises
I didn't find this book the easiest to read, but it did help sharpen my thinking in terms of liberty and freedom.  If you are interested in liberty this is a good book to read.

9. The Best of George MacDonald: 120 Daily Devotions to Nurture Your Spirit and Refresh Your Soul from Honor Books
Good devotional books are hard to find.  Most of the offerings out there are little more than cotton candy fluff and so it is exciting when you are able to find something different.  I liked this book so much that I also got The Best of Andrew Murray which I am currently reading through with my wonderful girlfriend.

8. God is Great, God is Good edited by William Lane Craig and Chad Meister and Contending with Christianity's Critics edited by William Lane Craig and Paul Copan
These are both collections of apologetic essays.  I like essay books when comes to things like apologetics because it gives you a piece from a wide variety of issues and if you get bogged down in one essay you can jump to the next one without missing anything.  These are good places to start if you are interested in apologetics and want to graduate beyond Lee Strobel's books.

7. Prodigal God by Timothy Keller
Keller goes through the the parable of the two lost sons (aka the prodigal son) and reminds us of the radical nature of God's grace.  Books like this are important to read, not because they will tell us something new, but because they remind us of a truth that begin to take for granted.

6. Satan and the Problem of Evil by Gregory Boyd
This book took the better part of the year for me to read.  While I don't hold to Boyd's open view of the future (Open Theism as it known), I do think it is valuable to read what he has to say.  I think too often we don't consider the part Satan is allowed to play in this world and so we either end up blaming God or ourselves for the evil that is in creation.

5. Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg
Gives a great over view on how Communism, Fascism, and the Progressive Liberal movement in the United States all come from the same root of socialism.  In other words Fascism is a left leaning ideology and not a right leaning one.

4. Simply Christian by N. T. Wright
A great simple book on what it means to be a disciple of Christ. Nothing more needs to be said.

3. The Spirit of the Disciplines by Dallas Willard
Willard does a wonderful job at explaining what we need to have spiritual disciplines as part of our lives. I would also recommend reading Renovation of the Heart by Dallas Willard as well.  I think the church has focused so much on sin management that we have missed the important thing: helping people become more like Jesus.

2. Humility and Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray
This was two books in a single volume.  I picked this book up by "chance" because I was looking to expand my reading to encompass some older disciples, men and women who lived faithful lives long before I was born.  I had never heard of Andrew Murray before, but the book was cheap so I bought it, and I am very glad I did.  Murray has been one of my spiritual mentors this past year, Absolute Surrender is a fabulous book and I think it is one all followers of Jesus should read.

1. The 5,000 Year Leap: Principles of Freedom 101 by W. Cleon Skousen
This book is a must read for those who are interested in freedom, liberty, and small constitutional government.  Americans are so badly educated about what liberty is and the principles that founded our country that we need know just how far off track we have come from our founders' vision.  Great book and one that I gave as a gift this year for Christmas.

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