Archive for December 27th, 2013


I have been able to read a lot of books this year at a larger scale than before (nearly a hundred thus far and the year isn’t quite over yet).  Most of the books have been reviewed here on our blog.  The following are what I consider the top 10 books that I have read in 2013.  It wasn’t easy picking out only 10.  These 10 books have greatly encouraged me to worship God more and/or gave me a better understanding of God, the Bible and the Christian worldview.

Enjoy the list and looking back at the reviews!

1.) Against the Gods: The Polemical Theology of the Old Testament by John D Currid

Against the Gods John Currid

So much debate today about the Old Testament and it’s relationship with the Ancient Near East backdrop.  This book is an important discussion of the polemical theology of the Old Testament as well as an apologetic for the likes of Peter Enns.

Purchase: Westminster | Amazon

2.) The Stone And The Glory by Greg Harris

The Stone and the Glory Greg Harris

An excellent work on a little known group of Messianic prophecies that’s part apologetics, deep devotional, biblical theology, and worship of Jesus.  Talk about a Christ-centered exposition that leads to a love of the Savior and doxological apologetics!

Purchase: Amazon

3.) Fearless: The Heroic Story of One Navy SEAL’s Sacrifice by Eric Blehm

Fearless Adam Brown

Gutwrenching.  An incredible book that gives insight of a life a Christian in Navy SEALS team six.  Made me appreciate so much more the guys who sacrificed so much in serving our country in Special Operations Forces.

Purchase: Amazon

4.) One Nation Under Therapy by Christina Hoff Sommers, Sally L. Satel

One Nation Under Therapy How the Helping Culture Is Eroding Self Reliance

Very insightful book that’s not a Christian book into the culture of ours and the problem with pop psychology and therapy.  There is so much in this book!

Purchase: Amazon

5.) God with Us by Scott Oliphint

God is With us Oliphint

I like the way Oliphint brought in philosophy, historical theology, Scripture and Van Til into this discussion of Theology Proper.  There’s something about the way we intergrate different field of study to nuance our theology that makes me want to worship God with all our mind!

Purchase: Westminster | Amazon

6.) Review: Is God Anti-Gay? by Sam Allberry

Is God anti-gay

This small work surprisingly turned out to be one of my favorite work for counseling on this subject.

Purchase: Westminster | Amazon

7.) Joel and Obadiah by Irvin Busenitz

Joel and Obadiah by Busenitz

I like this book because it’s what I like my commentary to be like–lexical insight, grammatical details that leads to implications and interacting with various interpretative issues and landing on a conclusion on the basis of exegetical reasoning.  Edifying!

Purchase: Westminster | Amazon

8.) What Every Christian Needs to Know about the Qur’an by James R. White

James White Quran

Excellent scholarly work minus the sensationalism one sometimes find with pseudo-apologist.  Dr. White is definitely the real deal when it comes to Christian apologetics addressing Islam.

Purchase: Westminster | Amazon

9.) Jihadist Ideology and the War on Terror by Mary Habeck

Knowing the Enemy Jihadist

One of the best work I’ve read on the ideology of Jihad.  Nuance and very very informative.

Purchase: Amazon

10.) The Man Christ Jesus by Bruce A. Ware

The Man Jesus Christ Bruce Ware

Excellent treatment on the topic of the humanity of Christ!

Purchase: Westminster | Amazon

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