I have recently come back from three weeks paternity leave and so I had more time to read. Here are the books I have read (or finished) in the last month:
What is Reformed Theology?: Understanding the Basics by RC Sproul
I have a rule when it comes to RC Sproul and here it is: if he writes a book buy it and read it. Yes he is that good! This book is a brilliantly accessible and yet tightly argued book outlining the basics of Reformed Theology. I read it with some young leaders at Resolved and they greatly profited from it. Buy this book if you want a solid introduction to Reformed Theology or you want a refresher.
Work Matters: Lessons from Scripture by R. Paul Stevens
From 1999 until 2005 Stevens was the David J. Brown Family Professor of Marketplace Theology and Leadership at Regent College, Vancouver, Canada and this book is the fruit of his thinking into how the Bible interacts with work. In this book he outlines how different books of the Bible contribute to our theology and practice of work. There are some gems in this book but a lot of the time I had issues with his exegesis and application. There are better Christian books on the subject of work that you can buy before this one.
This is one of the best books I have read this year. In this book, Belsky, outlines his method for turning ideas into reality. The book is divided into three sections:
- Organization and Execution
- The Forces of Community
- Leadership Capability
And Belsky shows how you need all three aspects to have a culture of execution. The system that Belsky uses is straight forward and all his ideas are ready made to be used. This is a book that all leaders and leadership teams need to buy, read and apply.
Work: A Kingdom Perspective on Labor by Ben Witherington
Ben Witherington has written a easily digestible book on the theology of work that is theologically rich. Witherington comes from a distinctly Arminian perspective and so I do take issues with some of his exegesis and theology. That being said, here is a book that will make you think hard about how the gospel impacts your work.
Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin
I always find Godin’s stuff inspiring and Linchpin was no different. The thesis of this book is that a Linchpin emotionally engages with the work he or she does and does work that matters. Work that matters is work that touches people and that is done one time. If you need an inspiring read in relation to your work buy this book and read it.
Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem by Kevin Deyoung
I never have read a book by Deyong that hasn’t been extremely helpful. This book clocks just over 100 pages and is brilliant in thinking through the causes for our crazy busyness as well as the way we are connected all the time as well as the crazy way we parent nowadays. Deyong has loads of helpful application throughout this small book too. I want everyone in my church to read this book. It is that good!
I was disappointed by this book. Not because it wasn’t biblical or wasn’t helpful in some areas. I was disappointed because I thought the treatment of business was quite shallow. Each chapter is over and done with after a few pages and follows a repetitive pattern. We await a longer treatment on the gospel and business from Grudem in future which we are assured will have more depth.
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