As we are all racking our brains trying to think of presents to buy for family, friends, and acquaintances, I thought I’d lend a suggestion. As the associate pastor of our church, I do all the book ordering, so people will often ask me to recommend books for different people in their lives. Without knowing much more than the fact that a person professes to know Jesus Christ, I’ve been asked to make suggestions. So, if you are shopping for Christian people you don’t know very well, here are a few books I would consider.
- The Transforming Power of the Gospel by Jerry Bridges – This book covers the span of what Bridges has learned about the continuing effect the gospel should have on believers. Since believers should never stop studying the gospel and repeating it to themselves, this book is at the top of the list. Accessible, theologically sound, and practical.
- Note to Self: The Discipline of Preaching to Yourself by Joe Thorn – I’ve found that not many believers I know have read this book or have even heard of it, and that’s a shame. It’s a book about learning to distrust your heart and actively replace the lies we often believe with God’s truth. Short book, short chapters, big help.
- The Greener Grass Conspiracy: Finding Contentment on Your Side of the Fence by Stephen Altrogge – What Christian doesn’t struggle with thoughts of “If only I had_______ I could be happy”? Altrogge shows that contentment is not tied to circumstances, money, or people, but rather who we are in Christ. Funny, accessible, yet rich and deep.