As I did last year I thought I would take a little time here at the end of 2010 and list out the best books that I have read in the past year. This year I read at a rate I don't think I've ever kept before and actually am pretty satisfied with it. All said and done I went through the majority of at least 40 books. Not all were theological books, I read a little war history and some baseball related books as well. Here are the books that I would call the "best reads" of 2010:
- Counterfeit Gods by Timothy Keller – Excellent book exposing our idols and how the gospel is the only remedy to our idolatry.
- Gospel-Centered Life by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis – Funny these guys made my 2009 list with their book Total Church. This book(let) nails down what it means to have the gospel as a core identity and what kind of life flows from that. I cannot recommend this book more highly.
- Doctrine by Mark Driscoll – Fantastic book outlining and dealing with the core beliefs of the Christian faith. Excellent book on Christian theology.
- J.C. Ryle: That Man of Granite with a Heart of a Child by Eric Russell – Fantastic biography of one of C.H. Spurgeon's contemporaries. Ryle is a solid, faithful evangelical example for the modern pastor. In front of his pulpit he had carved, "Woe to me if I preach not the gospel" just to remind himself every time he stood to preach.
- The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract by Bill James – "New" meaning now 10 years old, but certainly a great look back on baseball history. I enjoy picking this up from time to time just to look through the articles.
- The Letter to the Hebrews - This Bible book has been so helpful in moving me to see the glory of Christ and the good news of the gospel in all of life. I've seen with new eyes this year the power of the gospel through this book.