RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Are We Together?: A Protestant Analyzes Roman Catholicism

Author: R.C. Sproul

Review By: Jeremy Twombley


As we approach the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in 2017 we find ourselves amidst a swirling controversy within evangelicalism regarding whether the Reformation was really necessary after all. With high profile evangelical leaders, churches, and organizations declaring that Protestants and Roman Catholics believe the same gospel, the rank and file is left wondering what Luther, Calvin, and Zwingli were making such a big deal out of anyways. R.C. Sproul is an evangelical Protestant scholar who has thought through these matters in great depth. In this book He provides a concise but accurate summary of the issues at stake in the Reformation and demonstrates that they continue to be at stake down to the present. Sproul argues that the Reformation was necessary because whether or not you are Protestant or Roman Catholic is a matter of whether or not you believe the true and saving gospel. 

Fundamentalism And The Word of God

Author: J.I. Packer

Review By: Jeremy Twombley


The doctrine of Scripture, that is, what the Bible teaches about itself, has come under attack in every generation of the church. It is no different in our day. Truths such as the Bible's inspiration and inerrancy are constantly in danger of being eroded by the acid of human skepticism. Many evangelical pastors and scholars have written in defense of the Bible but few match the combination of power and brevity that you find in Packer's little book.

How Long O Lord?: Reflections on Suffering and Evil

Author: D.A. Carson

Review By: Jeremy Twombley


One of the most difficult subjects Christians can ever consider is the reality of evil and suffering in a world created and ruled over by a perfectly good and all-powerful God. Very few issues are more deeply practical for Christians around the world and in every generation than this one. In this book Don Carson does an excellent job of unpacking and synthesizing what the Bible teaches on this important matter. He deftly weaves together in-depth exegesis of the most important texts as well as helpful treatments of knotty theological and ethical issues. While this book is heavy, it is a must read for any Christian wrestling with how to think about suffering and evil in their lives and the lives of others.

Slave

Author: John MacArthur

Review By: Mike Foran


This book examines the truth about our identity as Christ's slaves. Looking more closely at the reality of some core truths from scripture like, "We have been bought with a price", "We belong to Christ", "We are His own possession ." This book will show you the true riches of your salvation in a total new way.

What’s Best Next

Author: Matt Perman

Review By: Craig Johnson


Review Does the gospel really have anything to say about the way you get things done? The premise of Matt Perman’s book, What’s Best Next, is that the gospel transforms productivity. In this book he makes the point that productivity matters and has gospel implications. The ultimate end of gospel-driven productivity is serving others.


The strength of Perman’s book is in the area of productivity structures and practices. Perman structured his book around the acronym DARE: Define, Architect, Reduce, and Execute. I found him most helpful in the later three portions, when he described how to create a flexible structure to your routine (Architect), how to Reduce what you are doing to be more effective, and how to manage your work and projects (Execute). Leaders and leaders in training will benefit most from these areas of his book.