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I highly recommend you to get a free copy of The Truth of the Cross by R.C. Sproul for the Kindle. This book is a wonderful book that explores the depths of the cross. It is a book that each disciple should read in preparing for Resurrection Sunday as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. However, before we can celebrate the empty tomb, we should tremble at the cross as we recognize what our Savior did for our salvation (Galatians 1:4).
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I use to think that reading fiction was a waste of time. Why read books that are not real? Why get into a story that has been made up in the minds of fallen flesh? This was my mindset. I would read only my Bible and mainly theology books with a few historical books sprinkled in there just for fun reading.
However, I now enjoy a few fiction books here and there.
It’s not that I have embraced fully fictional books. I still would rather read something that is true such as the Bible (which is the inerrant and infallible Word of God) or theological works above a fictional book but I have found fictional book to be fun reading. Fictional books can bring a little spice to your reading. I will admit that sometimes my theological reading is more discipline than fun. There are only a handful of books written by theologians that I have actually loved reading and, like a fiction work, could not put them down. Robert Picirilli’s Grace, Faith, Free Will was such a book. Roger Olson’s Arminian Theology: Myths and Realities was another. John MacArthur’s The Gospel According to Jesus and his book, Charismatic Chaos, were such books. Jack Cottrell’s What the Bible Says About God the Ruler was the best book I have ever read from an Arminian viewpoint on the subject of the sovereignty of God. Dr. Vic Reasoner’s commentaries on Romans and Revelation are both books that I devoured. R.C. Sproul’s The Holiness of God and J.I. Packer’s Knowing God were likewise excellent books. Iain Murray’s books on revival are also books that I have enjoyed from a historical-theological point of view.
Fiction books are to be read like all other books besides the Bible and that by allowing Scripture to be our guide. We are to test everything in comparison to what God has said in His Word (1 John 4:1). Since the Bible alone is the God-breathed Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16) and only the Bible is written by men of God under the direction of the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21), we are to test all books (and everything else) through the lenses of Scripture. Scripture faithfully reveals the mind of God. When Scripture speaks, God speaks (see Galatians 3:8 where in Genesis 12:3 it is Yahweh who is speaking).
Why is fictional reading so fun? Why does our flesh enjoy it so? I think the reasons would vary of course but in my own life, fiction is a good break from the norm. Fiction takes us into world’s that we create in our own minds. Fiction creates people in our own minds who are not real and we can make them appear as we would like them to appear. Fictional works (especially mysteries) take twists and turns that we would not be aware of. That is how fictional authors keep your focus.
My general rule is that I read about 80% of my time from either God’s Word or theological books. I spend another 10% reading history books. I spend the final 10% reading a fictional work. Typically I enjoy a good mystery or thriller.
One of the best books I have ever read on personal holiness for disciples of Christ is the book by Dr. Michael Brown called, Go and Sin No More. The book has recently been re-released and I want to encourage you to get this book. Dr. Brown writes from a solid, biblical and Arminian perspective on the issue of personal holiness and hating sin. This book will challenge you to be holy as God Himself is holy (1 Peter 1:15-16) and will confront your comfort level with sin. His first two chapters called, “Twenty Reasons Not to Sin” is worth the price of the book.
I want to point out that Dr. R.C. Sproul’s excellent book, Abortion: A Rational Look at An Emotional Issue, is free from Amazon.com currently. I encourage you to get this book for your Kindle and allow Dr. Sproul to build a strong case from Scripture not only about life and it being precious to God but also why abortion is sinful and wrong.
You can find the book here.
The following are the top ten books that I read in 2012. While I may or may not endorse all that is written in the books, the books are chosen because of how well written, the amount of intrigue that they produce while reading them, and the value of the book itself for me.
Really enjoy this book on the gospel and how the gospel makes all the difference in our lives as we live in submission to Christ as Lord. The mix of sound doctrine and humor were excellent.
An excellent biography of perhaps the most prominent President in the history of the United States. It was interesting to read of Lincoln from a historian position who seemed to avoid trying to fit Lincoln into his own political, social, or religious views.
This is a book written to explore and defend the libertarian free will view from a moral government perspective. Morrell keeps you interested in the subject by having hundreds of proof texts and interacting with other viewpoints about free will.
This book covers eschatology from a Wesleyan viewpoint. Reasoner argues from a post-millennial perspective but as usual, Dr. Reasoner interacts with other viewpoints and offers counterpoints. He argues that the post-millennial view brings hope as Christians believe the gospel will transform our world no matter how bad things may seem.
I have not read much about JFK so I was intrigued to read this book. The book covers JFK’s life in-depth and exposes the man as a man. JFK was on the one hand a brilliant leader but on the other hand he was a very ungodly man.
This book explores William Miller and how this man captured the national attention in mid 19th century America by predicting that Christ would return in 1843-44. I was interested to see how Miller came to this view and then the aftermath following his failed predictions. Many have called Miller a false prophet but he actually never prophesied that Christ would return but he deduced it from his own studies of Scripture.
Flyboys is the story of World War II fighter pilots in the Pacific. These men faced constant danger from Japanese forces and were often shot down or simply ran out of fuel while flying. Their missions took them into the heart of Japan and into the face of the enemy. A very interesting story indeed.
Olson argues that the main reason he is not a Calvinist is that the Calvinist view of God is a God he cannot worship. He believes that the character of God as seen in the Bible as loving and good is maligned if you hold to divine determinism. Interestingly, he argues this by simply allowing Calvinists to speak for themselves in their view of God. I enjoyed this book much.
Dr. Reasoner made my reading list twice this year. He is a good writer. In this commentary, Dr. Reasoner writes perhaps the best Arminian commentary on Romans (although Dr. Jack Cottrell’s is excellent). He interacts with the text, teaches the text, and deals with Arminianism and Calvinism when he has to.
And the number 1 book of 2012 in my estimation that I read:
I first heard of this book while attending a conference with Dr. John MacArthur. He recommended the book. I must say, excellent book. This book has it all. From the beginning to the end, you’ll be captivated with the story. And it is all true! The will of man is very hard to break and sometimes, impossible.
Here are a few titles that I highly recommend on prayer to spark a passion in your life to pray. All true disciples of Jesus know that we should pray (Matthew 6:5) and that prayer makes a difference (Luke 11:1-13; James 5:16) but so few of us take the words of our Lord to heart (Luke 18:1). These books can help you see your desperate need for God and how wonderful it is to seek His face. The wicked are those who do not seek His face (Psalm 10:4). May that not be true of us!
Most of these titles are linked for the Kindle. They are all inexpensive but the Kindle formats are very cheap and worth purchasing. Again, I would urge you to get a Kindle. You’ll be amazed at the large amount of books that you will able to purchase for less than a dollar.
1. Why Revival Tarries? by Leonard Ravenhill.
2. Revival Praying by Leonard Ravenhill.
3. The Path of Prayer by Samuel Chadwick.
5. How To Pray by R.A. Torrey.
6. The Valley of Vision edited by Arthur Bennett.
7. Prayer by John Bunyan.
8. Soul of Prayer by P.T. Forsyth.
9. The Pastor in Prayer by Charles Spurgeon.
10. The Spirit Helps Us Pray: A Biblical Theology of Prayer by Robert Brandt and Zenas Bicket.