For several years I've compiled a list of the books I was able to read during the year. It's a way of recommending some good reads to others and to push me to read more and better books in the coming year. A couple of those lists from previous years are on-line here: 2005, 2006.
Here's the list for 2007 (reviews can be found for most of these books by searching on the title in the search window above).
- Called to the Ministry. Edmund Clowney. A short work full of challenging points to consider.
- Each for the Other. Bryan Chapell. A pretty-good, complementarian perspective on marriage. Most-lasting point: the self-sacrificing nature of love.
- Bringing the Gospel to Covenant Children. Joel Beeke.
- The Mortification of Sin. John Owen. The time-tested, definitive work on putting sin to death in your life.
- All of Grace. John Bunyan. Autobiograpghy.
- The Faithful Preacher. Thabiti Anyabwile. Re-introduced us to 3 faithful and theologically-sound African-American pastors.
- The Reformed Pastor. Richard Baxter. The time-tested and definitive work on shepherding your flock.
- The Best Sermons of Jonathan Edwards.
- No Place for Truth. David Wells. The first in a set of wise books on modernity.
- The Young Peacemaker. Carole Sande. Great for families with children in elementary school and up.
- The Freedom and Power of Forgiveness. John MacArthur.
- The Bruised Reed. Richard Sibbes. Classic, Christ-exalting, puritan exposition of Isaiah 42.
- The Life and Diary of David Brainerd. Edited by Jonathan Edwards. One man who reminds me what it means to live for God.
- The Cross He Bore. Frederick Leahy. A moving, short treatment of the sufferings of Christ.
- When People are Big and God is Small. Edward Welch. Helpful for fighting peer-pressure and fear of man.
- On the Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul. Philip Doddridge. A book-length evangelical track in the puritan style. Also provides good prayers.
- The Love of God. D.A. Carson. A great approach for daily Bible reading with a brief, daily commentary.
- The Heart of Anger. Lou Priolo. Very helpful ideas on preventing and overcoming anger in children and parents.
This list leaves out works of fiction that I read to the children as part of their homeschooling curriculum.