Top Ten Books I Read in 2016

I had the opportunity to read some great books throughout 2016. I read just over 100 books during the year, but there were certain books that stood out. Here are the top ten that I read. They are not in any particular order.

No God But One by Nabeel Qureshi – Islam is an important topic for people of every religion. I appreciate this book because it was written by an ex-Muslim and it is respectful toward Muslims, while disagreeing with their beliefs.

Biblical Authority After Babel by Kevin Vanhoozer – This author is quickly becoming one of my favourite theologians. The book looks at the effect of the five solas of the Reformation on how we interpret Scripture.

The Emotionally healthy Leader by Peter Scazzaro – It takes much more than sound leadership principles to be a good leader. This book offers leaders the tools to do the deep soul work to be able to lead not just their organization, but themselves.

Autopsy of a Deceased Church by Thom Rainer – What I love about Thom Rainer’s books is that they are extremely practical are planted in real life. In this book, Rainer does on autopsy on churches that have died so that we can learn from their experiences.

The Universe Next Door by James Sire – When talking to people about important questions, we cannot assume that they have the same worldview. This book looks at all of the major worldviews and demonstrates where they are similar and where they are different.

Kingdom Conspiracy by Scot McKnight – The kingdom was the central message of Jesus. But what is the kingdom of God? Scot McKnight provides a biblical foundation for understanding the kingdom.

Pauline Christology by Gordon Fee – Was the divinity of Jesus a later invention or does it go back to our earliest Christian texts? Gordon Fee examines every description of Christ in Paul’s letter and reveals the earliest Christology.

Five Views on Apologetics – There is not just one way to do Christian apologetics. This books provides both descriptions of and conversations between the five major apologetics methodologies.

C.S. Lewis: A Life by Alister McGrath – This is the best biography of C.S. Lewis I have read. While some of the details may be disturbing for those who see Lewis as a hero, the final result is that of a real person who can be respected in both his strengths and weaknesses.

The Gospel in the Marketplace of Ideas by Paul Copan and Kenneth Litwak – Paul’s experience in Athens in Acts 17 has long been a model for Christian apologists. In this book, the authors examine criticisms of Paul’s methodology, how it fits with Paul’s letters and what it looks like for us today.

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