Hey there people, the end of the year is coming and everyone is publishing their lists of the best books of 2014 so I thought I would too.To be clear, I am not posting a list of the best books published in 2014 but merely a list of the best books I read in 2014. And so here we go:
Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon by Bryan Chapell
This is the best book I have ever read on preaching. It is very practical and it comes from a distinctly reformed perspective where grace is emphasized. This book helped me see (again!) how, in every sermon, grace needs to be flowing through it and how I can do this and still apply the Bible in creative and engaging ways. A must read for anyone who preaches.
This is a book which really helped me understand my people better and also helped me understand pastoral ministry in a new a fresh way. Underlying this book is a very biblical view of man as created in the image of God and yet fallen. What we need, Tripp argues, is to come grips with the ways that sin mars everything and see how the gospel restores us. Buy and read this book if you are a christian leader.
Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem by Kevin Deyoung
Kevin Deyoung has written a book that I hope everyone at my church, Resolved, buys and reads. He talks about the problem of busyness and shows how sin and idolatry my be underlying our crazy busyness. He also casts his discerning eye to issues around parenting, the use of the internet and rest in theologically helpful and practical ways. Buy this book and read it!
Ever have issues with getting things done in a work or team environment? If you have answered yes this is a book for you. Belsky breaks down making ideas happen into three sections; an execution method, community and leadership and shows how each of these components are vital in getting ideas to happen. Buy this book if you are a leader!
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck
This book is inspirational! Dweck is is the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University and so, even though this books may sound like a trashy self help book, it is in reality far from that! Dweck argues that there are two mindsets; the fixed mindset which says that things like intelligence, abilities, and other aptitudes are inbuilt and you can not become better at them with hard work. Whereas the growth mindset says that through hard work and determination you can learn, grow and become better in any area no matter if it is in the academic or sporting fields. This is a great book if you are a counselor, pastor, teacher, coach or parent.
The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to The Sports Guy by Bill Simmons
If you are a basketball nerd like me you will love this book. It is huge (almost 1000 pages) but it is a great fun read. Simmons goes into detail about things like, what would have happened if the Orlando Magic never traded Chris Webber? Or if there were aliens that were going playing a basketball team of the best players from earth in a game for the whole earth who would be on the earth team and why? Or who would be in a list of the top 100 players of all time? If you are not a basketball fan why are you still reading this review? But if you are, go out and buy this book, you will not be disappointed!
What about you, what were your favourite books that you read in 2014?
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