I know I am not the most prolific reader on the planet or in the realm of the Christian blogosphere. However because it is the end of the year I thought I would recommend the five books that I most enjoyed in 2009. If you haven't read them I would encourage you to. Not all of them are Christian books but they are interesting and provocative books nonetheless.
- Total Church - Tim Chester and Steve Timmis ~ If there is one book that has been a major influencer in my thinking this last year this was it. Chester and Timmis build a sound ecclesiology that has the Gospel at the core. I can't think of "doing church" any differently now.
- The Triumph of the Lamb - Dennis E. Johnson ~ In teaching through the book of Revelation at the end of 2009 I knew I had many good commentaries for the book on hand. My dad recommended this book however and it was a great benefit. Johnson also wrote the notes for Revelation in the ESV Study Bible and this volume was a sane, clear presentation of the teaching of the book and was very helpful.
- The Reason for God - Timothy Keller ~ I've found this book to be challenging in two ways. 1) It has helped strengthen my arguments for the Gospel and 2) it has called me to carefully dialog with those who do not believe in God's existence or might consider themselves agnostics.
- Freakonomics - Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner ~ I got this book in an airport because a friend recommended it to me. It is a book full of interesting questions like, "what does a school teacher have in common with a Sumo wrestler?" The answers are not what you would think and has caused me to think through data and numbers issues a little bit differently.
- Nehemiah - now you might object that reading the Bible cannot be a "best book" for a year since I'm supposed to read it every year. However in my reading and studying of Nehemiah this last fall was profound for me as I think about the spread of the Gospel and the public demonstration of the glory of God in my life.