Another year, another stack of books. Some I highly recommend, others…well…you know. If you’re looking for an idea of ones I think you should read, drop me a comment. This is, for the most part, the order in which I read them.

  1. Genesis: A Commentary by Bruce Waltke — A great commentary. Not too technical, but technical enough to help you wade through the Hebrew intricacies. It’s evangelical, which is always helpful.
  2. Preaching Christ from Genesis by Sidney Greidanus — I found myself enjoying this book at times, and not liking it at other times. I love Greidanus’ approach to Christ-centered hermeneutics, but I differed with him on what the “main points” are of certain passages. Which is fine, I suppose.
  3. Start With Why by Simon Sinek — I really enjoyed this book. Many of the principles Sinek explores are helpful for how churches can better do what they do.
  4. That You May Prosper by Ray R. Sutton — This book changed my life. I’m not exaggerating. Absolutely incredible.
  5. What is the Relationship Between Church and State by  R.C. Sproul — It’s okay. Has some good content, but Sproul isn’t a Reconstructionist, so some of his application just isn’t there. He tries to light the fuse, though.
  6. Unconditional Surrender by Gary North — Easily one of my favorites from Dr. North. Highly recommended.
  7. The Potter’s Freedom by James R. White — Excellent treatment of the Doctrines of Grace. White definitely took Geisler to task in this one. Speaking of Geisler, has he ever responded?
  8. By What Standard? by R. J. Rushdoony — An earlier work of Rushdoony’s, and not my favorite of his, but still excellent nonetheless. Rushdoony helps us understand Van Til, which is no small task.
  9. Center Church by Tim Keller — I really liked this book. Keller has some great stuff on understanding the gospel and applying that worldview to church planting and urban ministry. A great resource for sure.
  10. A Serrated Edge by Douglas Wilson — LOL. Just yes.
  11. Principles of War: A Handbook on Strategic Evangelism by Jim Wilson — I really like this little book. Wilson takes the principles of war and fleshes them out with regard to evangelism and the church’s responsibility of proclaiming the gospel in the world.
  12. The Bounds of Love by Joel McDurmon — A pretty solid introduction to understanding theonomy and how God’s law applies today. I have some disagreements on some of McDurmon’s conclusions but that’s for another time.
  13. The Great Tribulation by David H. Chilton — This little book is just plain good. The nonsense perpetuated by the prophecy prognosticators is getting old. Biblical exegesis is far, far better and Chilton demonstrates it for us.
  14. Heaven Misplaced by Douglas Wilson — I read this last year and just had to read it again. One of my favorite Wilson books. You have to read this. Seriously. Click the link, drop it into your cart, and get some Prime shipping on it.
  15. Blood Bought World by Toby J. Sumpter — I really liked this book from Sumpter. I need to read it again, now that I think about it.
  16. Killing Calvinism by Greg Dutcher — Don’t let the Doctrines of Grace turn you into a cantankerous curmudgeon. Dutcher helps the young cage-stagers sit down, relax, and take the proverbial chill-pill.
  17. Write Tight by William Brohaugh — A wonderful book on writing. Highly recommended.
  18. God Vs. Socialism by Joel McDurmon — Socialism is built on greed, theft, and extortion. Hence why God hates it. Very good book.
  19. The Kingdom and the Power by Peter J. Leithart — Fantastic book. My uncle gave me his copy (thanks, Dain!)
  20. The Revolution by Ron Paul — Did you see the man from the Texas electoral college who gave his vote to Ron Paul instead of Trump? Good times.
  21. Our Threatened Freedom by R.J. Rushdoony — A great series of articles from Rushdoony. Going to keep this one handy for future reference.
  22. Faith Alone by Thomas R. Schreiner — It’s okay. Schreiner is right on this doctrine, but the book was…laborious. Yea, that’s it. Laborious.
  23. Contemporary Worship by Terry L. Johnson — A great little read. Johnson critiques some of the problems with idols evangelicals refuse to part with.
  24. Same-Sex Mirage by Douglas Wilson — Wilson doing what Wilson does best. That is, bashing in the door and burning the place down. An epic book, one that I’ll read again in 2017.
  25. The Reduction of Christianity by Gary DeMar and Peter J. Leithart — A very, very good book. Well worth the time.
  26. The Law by Frederic Bastiat — I got this as a recommendation from some people, but I’m not sure what the fuss is all about.
  27. Resistance to Tyrants by Gordan Runyan — A great intro to a much-needed topic. It’s a smaller book, well worth more than what it costs.
  28. Papa Don’t Pope by Douglas Wilson — It wasn’t what I thought it was going to be, but it’s still a very good critique of Papism.
  29. The Dude’s Guide to Manhood by Darrin Patrick — The last chapter should have been dispersed throughout the entire book. Still a helpful book nonetheless.
  30. You Are What You Love by James K. A. Smith — Had some fantastic points throughout. I particularly enjoyed the concept of not being simply “thinking” people, but “feeling” people, too.
  31. What is Spiritual Warfare? by Stanley D. Gale — A fantastic little booklet on a largely misunderstood topic.
  32. Satan Cast Out by Frederick S. Leahy — EXCELLENT!
  33. The Real Lincoln by Thomas J. DiLorenzo — I read this and thought several times, “Wow. The Lincoln I thought existed never did.” The Statism we experience today can be traced back to this tyrant.
  34. Dominion and Common Grace by Gary North — I need to read this again. It was excellent the first time around, but I know I may have missed some things throughout. I really think North is on to something in this one.
  35. Taking Men Alive by Jim Wilson — Short and sweet. A great little book on evangelism.
  36. Daddy Tried by Tim Bayly — A solid, solid book on fatherhood. Highly recommend.
  37. When Justice is Aborted by Gary North — !!!!!!!!! This book… oh man… It was amazing. Why this isn’t required reading for every person with breath in their lungs, I don’t know.
  38. Covenantal Apologetics by K. Scott Oliphint — A great book on a much-needed topic. It’s fairly accessible to the lay person.
  39. The American Revolution by Robert J. Allison — A neat little book in a series of books put out by Oxford University Press. It’s a great little intro to some of the key stuff regarding the Protestant Revolt. (See what I did there?)
  40. Key Biblical Principles for Civil Government by Robert Fugate — Probably the single best book on the subject. It’s concise, but well documented and well thought-out.
  41. God’s Royal Law by Robert Fugate — Same author as the previous book; same review. Very good.
  42. A Defense of the Christ State by Stephen C. Perks — A fantastic exposition/application of Kuyper’s Sphere Sovereignty.
  43. The Establishment and Limits of Civil Government by James M. Willson — It’s old, so some of the English is rough, but it’s very good.
  44. A Primer on Worship and Reformation by Douglas Wilson — Excellent. Worship and Reformation go together, believe it or not.
  45. Lasting Impact by Carey Nieuwhof — Outside of my stream, but well worth the read. Nieuwhof asks some tough questions for the Church in America; questions we need to be able to think through and answer.
  46. The Martian by Andy Weir — Great movie, great book. Laughed out loud several times.
  47. Hidden Christmas by Timothy J. Keller — I really liked this book by Keller. I like most of his stuff, but this one was fun.
  48. Empires of Dirt by Douglas Wilson — An absolutely brilliant book. Once again, Doug has given postmillennialism some teeth. Which is good, because some of us are tired of gumming around.
  49. Contours of Post-Maturity by Douglas Wilson — Wilson reviews three different books and gives Intervarsity Press a punch in the nose.
  50. The Other Worldview by Peter Jones — This book is amazing. I haven’t dealt a ton with how the Enlightenment impacted Western Culture, but Jones traces it and left me wanting more. I couldn’t put it down.