My guess is that just about every preacher has an Internet-connected computer very close at hand and is likely to have a smartphone and tablet along for the ride in almost all circumstances. On the other hand, preachers continue to be uniquely committed to the printed word, the word that arrives printed on paper and bound between covers. Although we may not join with other preachers in City Field in order to warn of a precipitous loss of learning, we should remind ourselves why we read books and why we believe reading matters.
The publishing year of 2013 included the release of thousands of volumes. The good news is a far greater number of worthy volumes was released than any single reader ever could read—or merely appreciate. The bad news is the good books are vastly outnumbered by those that are unworthy of the slightest attention. However, if you are like me, you need someone to recommend a few books that rise to the top of the stack.
My intention in this article is to suggest 10 books that deserve any preacher's careful attention in the next several months. Each one has appeared in the past year or so, and all of them represent a contribution worthy of our time and priority.Here are his 10 books:
- Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Christian Belief - John Frame
- Living By Revealed Truth: The Life and Pastoral Theology of Charles Haddon Spurgeon - Tom Nettles
- The Question of Canon: Challenging the Status Quo in the New Testament Debate - Michael Kruger
- The King in His Beauty: A Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments - Tom Schreiner (an absolutely fantastic book - my favorite from 2013)
- Can You Believe It's True: Christian Apologetics in a Modern and Postmodern Era - John Feinberg
- Galatians (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) - Doug Moo
- Pilgrim Theology: Core Doctrine for Christian Disciples - Michael Horton
- Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven - John Gardiner
- A History of Future Cities - Daniel Brook
- Reading for Preaching: The Preacher in Conversation with Storytellers, Biographers, Poets, and Journalists - Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.