Pilgrim’s Keyboard

December 27, 2012

Books I Read in 2012 …

Filed under: Annual Book Reading LIst — pilgrimskeyboard @ 8:30 pm




1.      Alone with God: Rediscovering the Power and Passion of Prayer – by John MacArthur | This book as the title indicates is about prayer. It is based on what is often referred to the Lord’s Prayer as found in Matthew Ch. 6. As with all of MacArthur’s works this book is informative, thorough, and an encouragement to those who desire to have a more effective prayer life. It is book that I would recommend to any who needs a light push in the right direction concerning their prayer life and the requirements of it. | 02/04/2012

2.      Are We Living in the End Times – by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins | I was asked to read this book by one of the older Christian men of church, of whom I have a great deal of respect. The book is dispensational in its core, pretribulational and premillennial in its genre. The book looks at the End Times from this viewpoint. Whether or not one is a dispensationalist, an amillennialist, or a historical premil – the book would prove to be profitable to read. Thus it is one that I recommend to anyone interested in eschatology. Agree with it or not will help one to sharpen their own doctrinal standing in these matters. | 02/18/2012


3.      Church Planter: The Man, The Message, The Mission – by Darrin Patrick | A good book. It lives up to its title in that it addresses church planting and helps to equip the type of person it takes to accomplish such a task that God has set before him. However, I did not fully agree with the last couple of chapters. I understand his concept of social service being used in sharing the gospel when the need is there. But, it appears to me that too much emphasis was placed on “culturalizing” than was on “gospelizing.”  Other than that it is a book that I would recommend. | 03/02/2012

4.      Feed My Sheep: A Passionate Plea for Preaching – Ligonier Ministries / R. Albert Mohler, Jr. … [et al.] | As the title indicates this is a book written for preachers by other preachers (11 in total). During seminary studies, as ministers, we were encouraged to read certain books at least once a year over and above any books or commentaries that were being used for one’s personal studies. This reading list was to include first and foremost the Bible (preferably a different translation each year), a systematic theology book, a book on Christian History or biographies, a book on today’s Christian culture, and a book on preaching. This is a good book for preachers to read. There is sound advice on the preacher’s ability to preach to their congregation. If you are a minister and have not read this book – spend the few dollars that it will cost. It will be a good investment for you as you go forth preaching the Biblical Gospel of Christ and the whole counsel of God’s Word. | 05/30/2012

5.      Is Hell For Real Or Does Everyone Go To Heaven? – R. Albert Mohler, Jr. … [et al.] | This booklet was written to discuss the biblical doctrine of hell. Is it fake? A fraud? Or is it real? In our culture hell is taught to be either non-existence or of-little-consequence for any or all of the individuals who have lived and died. However, the Bible teaches a great deal concerning the subject of hell and since it is a reality, according to the Scripture, it behooves us to understand the accuracy of the biblical teachings about it. This book will help with this evaluation. The contributors thoughtfully and carefully examine the end-game of whether there is a hell or if there is not a hell and the consequences of how the individual thus will respond. | 06/06/2012

6.      Implosion: Can America Recover From Its Economic & Spiritual Challenges In Time? – Joel C. Rosenberg | “Implosion will help you understand, through the lens of Scripture, the enormous economic, social, and spiritual challenges facing the United States in the twenty first century and explain how you can make a difference at this critical crossroads in our history” [back cover]. This summary from the book’s jacket is an accurate description of its contents. Rosenberg gives an adequate picture of the problems facing our nation today and of the possible scenarios we are facing if nothing is done to address these problems. The book also provides us with what he thinks must be the ultimate solution for us who claim to be Christians – i.e., we must return to living for our God and Saviour in our minds, hearts, and life before others so that: 1) God will receive glory and 2) that others may see their need of the Saviour, Jesus Christ. Can the “Implosion” be stopped? The author does not know. Can Christians return to their first love and serve our Lord? This he affirms wholeheartedly. I recommend the reading of this book. | 07/08/2012


7.      No Higher Power: Obama’s War ON Religious Freedom – Phyllis Schlafly and George Neumayr | “Freedom of conscience is the foundation of all our freedoms. […] this riveting account of Obama’s war on religious liberty is essential reading for all Americans who care about their country” (David Horowitz, back cover). [The authors] “ have nailed it – in its tyrannical arrogance, the Obama administration behaves as though there is no higher power than itself. It will allow neither the Constitution nor religious liberty to interfere with its agenda. In a second term, it [his administration] will be emboldened to do even more. If you want to know just how threatened our religious liberties really are, please read No Higher Power” (David Limbaugh, back cover). | 09/26/2012




8.      Romans: The NIV Application Commentary – Douglas J. Moo | I enjoyed this commentary. Though it is not an in-depth work (the commentary set style is not meant to be), he does however cover the major points of Romans and looks at the Greek words used in those passages. Douglas Moo claims to be a Calvinist (most likely a four-pointer, for he struggles with the doctrine of “Limited Atonement”). This book is a good warm-up read or introduction for further study in the book of Romans. It is a book that I would definitely recommend to a new or young Christian. I think his thoughts would be profitable for all.     

Bios – Anytime you get the opportunity to read about the saints of old – I highly recommend that – God’s people of the past are an inspiration to His people today.

9.      William Tyndale: A Biography – by David Daniell | This book is the second that I have read by author, David Daniell. This book, like the first, “The History of the English Bible”, will take some time to read. I asked a fellow minister concerning this biography and he told me that Daniell’s book was the definitive biography on Tyndale. I agree. William Tyndale was a giant in biblical history and so few today seem to know this or know of him. William Tyndale is the man whom God used to translate the Greek NT into English for the common man in England. It is estimated that approximately 80 % of the beloved King James Bible came from Tyndale’s labors in the 1500s. He was martyred in 1536 A.D., his crime – translating the Bible into the language of the common man. I highly urge the reading of this book. | 05/29/2012


10.  The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon: The long Line of Godly Men Profiles – by Steven J. Lawson | This is a small book (127 pages). Lawson looks at how “Spurgeon firmly held to the sovereign grace of God in one hand and the free offer of the gospel in the other.” I highly recommend that you purchase this book (Reformation Trust). It is an excellent book and is well worth your time and money to read. | 11/28/2012


11.  The Expository Genius of John Calvin – by Steven J. Lawson | This is a short read

( 131 pages). The book looks at Calvin and his ministry. It deals mostly with his style of preaching – i.e., expository. If you are a minister I would highly recommend this little book for you. It is interesting to read, but most lay-members would probably only glean from it. Charles Haddon Spurgeon wrote concerning Calvin: “Among all those who have been born of women, there has not risen a greater than John Calvin; no age before him ever produced his equal, and no age afterward has seen his rival. John Calvin propounded truth more clearly than any other man who ever breathed, knew more of Scripture, and explained it more clearly.” | 12/19/2012



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