Books, and friends

I’ve been tagged by Ryan Jones with a book “meme.” Here goes.

1. One book that changed your life: “The Holy Bible, English Standard Version” (Read it in 90 days; I dare you! Okay, if you can’t do it in 90 days, at least do it in one year.)

2. One book that you’ve read more than once: “The Holiness of God” by R. C. Sproul

3. One book you’d want on a desert island: I’m with Chesterton: “A Practical Guide to Shipbuilding.” I’m an Eagle Scout; I can stay alive until I get the ship built.

4. One book that made you laugh: “The Complete Calvin and Hobbes” by Bill Watterson

5. One book that made you cry: "The Brothers Karamazov” by Fyodor Dostoevsky

6. One book that you wish had been written:“Systematic Theology” by John H. Gerstner

7. One book that you wish had never been written: “The Jews and Their Lies” by Martin Luther

8. One book you’re currently reading: “The Future of Justification” by John Piper

9. One book you’ve been meaning to read: “Systematic Theology” by Wayne Grudem

10. Now tag five people:

Augustinian Successor

LP Cruz

Stephen Newel


Debbie Kaufman

I just don’t want to stop there. Books I highly recommend, in order from highest to lowest:

The place to go before, during, and after:

“The Holy Bible, English Standard Version”

How to Get It:

“The Holiness of God” by R. C. Sproul
“Saved from What” by R. C. Sproul
“Christ Alone” by Rod Rosenbladt
“Faith Alone” by R. C. Sproul
“All of Grace” by C. H. Spurgeon

How to Give It Away:

“Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God” by J. I Packer
“Evangelism Explosion” by D. James Kennedy
“Powerful Evangelism for the Powerless” by C. John Miller
“Let the Nations Be Glad” by John Piper
“Don’t Waste Your Life” by John Piper

Why It is what It is:

“When Skeptics Ask” by Norman H. Geisler
“The Law of Perfect Freedom” by Michael Scott Horton
“Keeping in Step With the Spirit” by J. I. Packer
“One Holy Passion” by R. C. Sproul (this has recently been published under a different title that I can’t remember, it’s about God’s attributes)
“A Summary of Christian Doctrine” by Louis Berkhof
“Counted Righteous in Christ” by John Piper
“Reasons for Faith” by John H. Gerstner

Why you should be a Baptist:

“Baptist Beliefs” by E. Y. Mullins
“Baptism and Church Membership” by Errol Hulse

Some titles for those who want to go “off the deep end:”

Any and All Bible Commentaries by John Calvin
“Commentary on the Book of Galatians” by Martin Luther
“Wrongly Dividing the Word of Truth” by John H. Gerstner (great for 'recovering dispensationalists' like me)
“Systematic Theology” by J. P. Boyce
“Getting the Gospel Right” by R. C. Sproul
“Systematic Theology” by Charles Hodge
“Classical Apologetics” by Sproul, et. al.
“The Shape of Sola Scriptura” by Keith Matheson
“The Works of Jonathan Edwards” – Yale University Press Editions (Read the man himself, not just Gerstner’s or Piper’s interpretation of him, good though they may be. Good luck with the long sentences.)


Debbie Kaufman said...

Thank you for tagging me JK. I will have the post up for you in response in a few days, hopefully this storm we are having will not douse my electricity as it has so many others around the state.

Ryan Jones said...

Thanks for the list, J.K. No fair using the Bible though. That's a given for just about every question. Great answer for the book you wish had never been written.

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