Here are some quick book reviews of some of the books I have read recently.

Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands: People in Need of Change Helping People in Need of Change by Paul Tripp

This is by far the best book on pastoral care I have read. Tripp seeks to put forward a model for how to Biblically counsel someone. The examples he gives are relevant, the material biblical and practical and in the end it will help you help people by helping them see their saviour in greater relief. Buy it and read it especially if you are in ministry.

Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back by Todd Burpo

This is a book that almost every Christian has heard of. There were some amazing things that happened in this boys life but my fear is that people are reading this book and adopting it almost as scripture without being discerning. The book and it’s theology can be seriously critiqued and so read with some discernment.

Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin

There are a few authors that I will buy anything they write and read it. Seth Godin is one of those guys. He is a business and leadership guru whose unorthodox ways of looking at things always sparks thought. Tribes is a book about leadership that is not “another book on leadership” but is truly inspirational. If you are a leader and need some inspiration to truly lead buy it and read it!

What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done by Matt Perman

Perman has written a brilliant book. He shows you how the gospel is vital to getting things done. With this groundwork established, he then takes you through how to set up systems and structures to get things done. My only critique, and it is a large one, is that Perman’s emphasis on doing good in this age, while being a good one, totally overshadows the preaching of the gospel. If hell is real and Jesus is the only saviour (two things Perman and I agree on) then our eschatology changes our ambitions. Because of the gospel we want to see a flood of people become Christians as well as do good to all. Perman seems to put these around in the other order so that doing good is the main thing whereas sharing the gospel is not given a priority. I would love to hear what Matt would say to this critique. Despite this critique the books practicality and gospel centerdness is so useful so that no matter who you are you will find this book useful.

Visioneering: God’s Blueprint for Developing and Maintaining Vision by Andy Stanley

Andy Stanley is the pastor of one of the largest churches in the world and his writing and speaking on leadership is gold. In Visioneering, Stanley seeks to walk us through how to get a vision for our lives, churches or organizations and then takes you through how to take it public and helps you deal with some of the hardships of pioneering vision. If you have not thought much about vision casting this would be a good place to start.

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