Summer Books

100 Cupboards – Nate Wilson // Original yet Lewis-esque children’s fiction. A fun introduction to a promising trilogy.

Atonement – Gabriel Fluhrer (ed.) // An edifying collection of theological giants humbly and expertly writing about some of the facets of this jewel of Christian faith. Includes essays by Sproul, Boice, Gerstner, Ferguson, and others. Boice’s and Gerstner’s contributions are especially powerful.

Christian Librarianship – Gregory Smith (ed.) // Helpful essays on integrating faith into the library profession. Thought provoking especially on First Amendment issues and the librarian as fulfilling the cultural mandate.

Crunchy Cons – Rod Dreher // Fun book on a loosely defined movement centered around common sense, simple living, ecological awareness, and family responsibility. Not a manifesto, but a collection of stories about how “Crunchy Cons” are living crunch-ily and conservatively.

Disappearance of Childhood – Neil Postman // Though not my favorite Postman work, still prescient and insightful. After a brief definition and history of childhood, Postman does what he does best: deconstruct the American obsession with technological advancement and entertainment.

The Good News We Almost Forgot – Kevin DeYoung // I would love to see this get half as much publicity as Why We’re Not Emergent. A great, entry-level study of arguably the greatest Christian treasure not named the Bible: the Heidelberg Catechism.

How Did You Do It Truett? – Truett Cathy // Interesting first-hand account of the founding of Chick-fil-A. Fairly self-focused, which hurts the overall message.

In Defense of Food – Michael Pollan // Eat food, not too much, mostly plants. That’s the thesis of this look at America’s dysfunctional (evil?) food industry. One of my favorite books of the year, it has contributed to drastic changes in our eating habits.

Is This a Great Game, or What? – Tim Kurkjian // A fun look at America’s pastime. Kurkjian relates decades’ worth of knee-slapping stories from stars, umpires, managers, and reporters from his years on the beat.

The Jesus You Can’t Ignore – John MacArthur // Review here. A decent book that shows Jesus in a more accurate light than postmodern writers who have formed Jesus in their own image.

The Millennium – Loraine Boettner // I’m a wholehearted historic postmillennial after reading this book. He lays out the biblical evidence for an optimistic view of history, systematically and logically debunking dispensationalism, historic premillennialism, and amillennialism. Dated at times, but still very solid.

A Quest for Godliness – J.I. Packer // Review here. A great, balanced look at the oft-misunderstood Puritans, who were consumed with the glory of God, the pursuit of holiness, and the exaltation of Christ.

Sailing Alone Around the World – Joshua Slocum // A classic sailing narrative. Equal parts fun, fascinating, and suspenseful. Learned more about sailing than I ever thought I would.

The Wages of Spin – Carl Trueman // Not as potent as Minority Report, but still vintage Trueman: biblically dependent, historically accurate, culturally conversant, militantly witty.

Why Johnny Can’t Sing Hymns – T. David Gordon // Fantastic followup to Why Johnny Can’t Preach. Gordon examines why the church is obsessed with the New, especially with worship music. He argues that the banality of pop culture has so infiltrated the church that we don’t even know what good, God-honoring music is anymore.

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