This year, I set a goal to read 50 books. Yes, 5o. I’m not sure how far I will make it, but so far, the journey has been fun and full of great reading. (You can follow my progress on my Goodreads account. Add me!)
I wanted to highlight three books that I’ve read so far this year, giving a short review of each one.
The Doctrine of Repentance – Thomas Watson
This book is one of my first journeys into Banner of Truth’s Puritan Paperback series. My goal is to read one Puritan Paperback per month this year. It will be quite difficult for the rest of my reading to measure up to this book. Watson clearly defines and describes repentance in language that is clear to any reader. The book is, of course, full of biblical references, and Watson is very detailed in his definition of repentance. He leaves no stone unturned, and is sure to include warnings to those who do not repent. This work will be a mainstay on my shelves for the future, and I will surely come back to it time and again. For anyone struggling with repentance or seeking a clear, full, biblical definition of repentance, I would highly recommend. This goes on my “Must Reads” list for every Christian.
The Legacy of Luther – edited by R. C. Sproul and Stephen J. Nichols
Because 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses, I decided to read this new work from Reformation Trust, which chronicles Luther’s entire life. The list of contributors to this work is quite impressive, including Steven J. Lawson, Michael Horton, Sinclair B. Ferguson, and Derek Thomas. The book covers Luther’s life, theology, and his lasting legacy. I would highly suggest this book to anyone looking to discover more about the German reformer who changed the theological landscape of the world.
Look and Live – Matt Papa
Matt Papa is a talented musician and worship leader, but he displays his theological depth with this book. Papa writes about the importance of worship and discusses what worship really is in the life of a Christian: the glory of Christ. I devoured this book, not because I am a fast reader or anything, but because it is THAT good. Papa writes with fantastic readability , but on a deep, deep level. It is obvious through out the book that Papa is a songwriter, because he has a great way with words. Over and over again, Papa writes about glory and how it absolutely encompasses our lives. I highly recommend this book.