You have found Enriching Grace’s monthly book recommendations. This is not an exhaustive list of good reads and not all of these are devotional in nature.
Below is a list of material that our contributors have read, enjoyed, and or utilized in study.
Disclaimer: Not all the materials held within these books are the viewpoints of our contributors. Despite this, there is some wonderful materials to be gleaned and utilized for the enrichment of your spirit.
I hope you enjoy these brief reviews and that they become helpful recommendations.
Against Liberal Theology ~ Roger E. Olson
Against Liberal Theology is written by acclaimed Baptist theologian, Roger E. Olson. Olson has made his way onto this list before with his work, The Mosaic of Christian Belief. Olson does a great job of being thorough and properly addressing varying theological perspectives. In this case, he addresses the flaws of progressive Christianity without assaulting the character of people with a more liberal persuasion. He is fair, rational, and Biblical sound. I highly encourage this contemporary work.
The Preeminent Christ ~ Paul Washer
Personally (pastor Jacob), I have a love-hate relationship with the works of Paul Washer. I appreciate how hard-hitting Washer is and his fervor for the Gospel, two things that are on display within this work. For that I give this book a 7/10 suggestion. It holds a lot of value in depicting Christ’s preeminence and power!
A drawback I have about this work is his over fixation on the works of the church fathers. There has been a trend for many Calvinistic authors to go back to the church fathers and creeds as if the Holy Scriptures can not defend the preeminence of Christ on its own. There are a few lofty chapters within this work that I would not put value in, but beyond those chapters, this is an excellent work.
Evil and the Justice of God ~ N.T. Wright
N.T. Wright was regarded by TIME as, “one of the most formidable figures in the world of Christian thought.” Works like this support the claim as Wright does a spectacular job of answer practical questions in regards to evil and the functionality of God’s justice. I highly recommend this book.
Reservation: Although I appreciate many of Wright’s book, he is often mistakenly classified as a more conservative Christian author. I would dispute this and not label him as such because his dance around topics of inerrancy and Biblical gay-marriage sentiments.
Screwtape Proposes a Toast ~ C.S. Lewis
This collection of essays is notable for its epilogue to the infamous book by Lewis, The Screwtape Letters. It is a toast the analogical class of graduating demons from the first book. It would be wise to read these two books together. But many love this book for the additional essays included within the book (similar topics, but unrelated essays). This book was a collection formulated shortly before C.S. Lewis’s death therefore making it a staple read for C.S. Lewis enthusiasts!
12 Ordinary Men ~ John MacArthur
As a fan of John MacArthur’s works, I need to suggest this popular work. It is a deep dive into the lives and impact of the 12 disciples who although come from ordinary occupations like much of the lower and middle class of modern society. MacArthur stays true to Biblical interpretation but beautifully relates their lives to the reader as well. I highly recommend this book!
Enriching Grace Commentary of 2 Timothy ~ Jacob Harris
This book is my third work in Enriching Grace’s, Understanding the Faith, series. We delayed the arrival of this work, so that 1 Timothy could be rightly digested in preparation for Paul’s final work preceding his death. We pray you read this work alongside an open Bible and edified, able to stand and “teach no other doctrine.”
Although I may be slightly bias, I recommend this work highly!
This is Enriching Grace’s new compiled notes on Ephesians! It is the first published work by contributor Jacob Harris and is intended to be a very practical look into the epistle. This commentary is now available on Amazon. This is an exciting time in the ministry!
This is the second published work by Enriching Grace and its emphasis is on the epistle of 1 Timothy! It is the second work of contributor Jacob Harris and once again intends to take a look to practical applications of the letter while allowing it to remain within its proper context! Excited for this bit of our ministry to be shared!
This is the recommended read list for the month of September!
Lastly, I hope you were enriched in some way through these suggestions and leave a comment if you have read any of these books or have a comment to make!