My Top 5 Books for 2010
I have listed below my top 5 picks of books that I read the past year (in no particular order). Four of them are from my favorite Bible teachers, John Piper and John MacArthur. I have also included my comments per book. I hope you find this post helpful as you make decisions on what books to buy and read for this year.
1. A Tale of Two Sons by John MacArthur. This book is a great exposition of Luke 15. It is a rich and intensive study of the chapter. MacArthur uses cultural, biblical, and sometimes historical references to explain the parable of the prodigal son. He makes a careful, word-for-word analysis of the parable. This book allowed me to further grasp the gravity of the prodigal’s sin, the depth of the father’s love, and the ugliness of the elder brother’s character. I have come to appreciate the father, the central character of the parable and the representation of Christ.
2. Desiring God by John Piper. This book talks about “Christian Hedonism” and I find it radically God-centered and mind-blowing. It invites people to intensify our longing for happiness, which is good and not sinful, and pursue it in God, to whom the deepest and most enduring happiness can only be found. Throughout the book, Piper expounds on Christian Hedonism and how it affects several aspects of Christian living, which include worship, love, money, marriage, missions, and suffering.
3. Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper. This is a book on, obviously, how to avoid a wasted life. Piper discusses topics such a boasting in the cross, magnifying Christ through death and pain, risks, making others glad in God, living to prove God is more precious than life, secular work, and missions and mercy. Piper had blown my mind again.
4. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell. This is the only leadership book that made my list. In this book, Maxwell gives 21 “laws” that helped me understand leadership more. This book is perfect for leaders or those who want to become one or those simply interested on leadership. The “laws” from this book is applicable to all fields, may it be in business, government, sports, church, and family.
5. The Truth War by John MacArthur. In this book, MacArthur writes on truth, postmodern thinking, the rise of postmodern evangelicalism, the flaws of the Emerging church movement, apostasy, and false teaching. The book also included a discussion of some portions of Jude’s epistle (actually, the author expounds on it all throughout the book), some brief historical accounts of false teachings that emerged and how faithful believers defended the truth, and a practical guide on how to respond to false teachings, false teachers, and those affected by it. This book opened my eyes to the reality of what is going on in the church. It calls every Christian to remain vigilant and prepared to defend the true faith.