It’s a bit late but here I go! My favorite reads last year that I enjoyed and had a lasting impact to me. I’ll roll call all the books I read then I’ll post my best reads at the end with a very short review. Some of the books here includes unfinished ones that I lost interest along the way and others I put down because I’m already sold out with the awesomeness of it. If you’re interested with this books click the link to read some of its quotes or book review before hitting Amazon or your favorite bookstore.
Graciousness by John Crotts
Ba’t Di Ako Rich? by William Girao
Love Your God With All Your Mind by J. P. Moreland
Affirming the Apostle’s Creed by J . I. Packer
Before Luther by Nathan Buzenitz
By Faith Alone by R. C. Sproul
What is Predestination? Radio Addresses on the Election of God’s People by J. Gresham Machen
Usapang God’s Will by John MacArthur (book review here)
Lies Pastor’s Believe by Dayton Hartman
The Art of Turning by Kevin DeYoung
A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Good Works and Rewards by Mark Jones
Reviving New England by Nate Pickowicz
The Truth of the Cross by R. C. Sproul
The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses by Chris Bruno
The Consequence of Ideas by R. C. Sproul
Usapang God’s Peace by John MacArthur
Good News: The Gospel of Jesus Christ by John F. MacArthur Jr
What’s Your Worldview? by James N. Anderson
Who Am I? by Jerry Bridges
Something More by Theron St. John (book review here)
Apologetics Made Simple by Jason L. Petersen
“The Potter’s Freedom” by James R. White
Is Christianity Good for the World? by Christopher Hitchens and Douglas Wilson
Faker by Nick McDonald (book review here)
Know the Creeds and Councils by Justin Holcomb
What It Means to be “Reformed” by Herman C. Hanko
Church History 101 by Sinclair B. Furgeson, Joel R. Beeke and Michael A. G. Haykin
10 Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health by Don Whitney
Rebels Rescued: A Students Guide to Reformed Theology by Brian Cosby
The Day of Worship by Ryan M. McGraw
Discerning Your Call to Ministry by Jason K. Allen
The Prodigal Prophet by Tim Keller
Advance! by Tim Challies
Always Ready by Greg Bahnsen
Climbing Out of Depression (Tagalog) by David Meengs
The Real Martin Luther by John Hamon (book review here)
Set An Example by Tim Challies
Out of 37 books, I’ll pick up 10 of the best books that I indulged last year. In no particular order here is my 10:
The Prodigal Prophet by Tim Keller – It’s a controversial book that shows not just how Keller is good in exposition on the Book of Jonah, but also his social justice stand (and also of TGC). Absolutely the most memorable one that I have read in 2018.
Advance! by Tim Challies– It’s a booklet but i got hooked on the premises on how Jesus prepared for his ministry years in those teens and early adult years that we all know the Bible is silent of. Yet Challies manage to teach us specially young people on how to gear up as we anticipate the right time for be involved in the ministry.
Usapang God’s Will by John MacArthur – It’s a superb translation of an excellent book by John MacArthur. What I loved about the English version is also found in this Tagalog version. Always solid stuff from MacArthur.
The Art of Turning by Kevin DeYoung – A not so popular title from DeYoung and I don’t know if this got of publicity. However this is a great book about the mystery of our conscience which is rarely tackled by Christian authors. In a brief book you get to taste some insights about the conscience and you can use this book as a springboard for more about this topic.
Know the Creeds and Councils by Justin Holcomb – A great primer on creeds, catechism and council. I think this book jump start my self-study on church history and inspired me to make a post on learning the topic online free.
Before Luther by Nathan Busenitz – Another on church history defending Sola Fide which has been accepted by the church from the very start. Allegations from the Roman Catholic Church that Luther’s doctrine only existed in the 1500’s is buried alive as Busenitz gives quotes from church fathers and other early sources that beyond a shadow of a doubt, by faith alone is were the church stands.
Apologetics Made Simple by Jason L. Petersen – I can’t get enough of talking about this short book by an unknown because its really good. I’ve interviewed the author and I wrote a short review on it. This is apologetics in simplest form. No confusing jargon or too much explanations, just enough stuff that can ignite a defense of the faith. And for a apologetics book, I think I’ll re-read it this year.
The Day of Worship by Ryan M. McGraw – An interesting and thought provoking book on Sabbath keeping. This is my first encounter of the subject and the author. Well written and point by point this book engages you thoroughly.
Discerning Your Call to Ministry by Jason K. Allen – A subject few authors would tackle and I’m glad Dr. Allen wrote it. Well known for his podcast, Dr. Allen looks at every angle on knowing if someone is called for ministry. Solid, biblical and air tight to bring a powerful book that wont get you to break your bank or even your heart.
What’s Your Worldview? by James N. Anderson – Love this book because of the unique way it presents the worldviews of different cults,world religions and secular beliefs. It’s sort of a “Choose Your Adventure” book. You can read it from start to finish without using it’s interactive part but it will confuse you a bit. It works better in e-book format.
There you have it. Books that I read and enjoyed in 2018. Tune to this blog for more book quotes, book reviews and author interviews. Till next time, here’s for a new year of reading books!