Books I’ve Read Recently

brunoThe Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses by Chris Bruno. The title of this book alone captures my attention. How can someone condense the entire story of the Bible by using just 16 verses? I have to admit I was a bit skeptical. However, Bruno has done a great job in this book at tracing the grand redemptive narrative of the Bible by pointing and explaining just 16 verses. Each verses builds upon the one before and hits major points in the storyline of Scripture. I really enjoyed reading this book and would recommend to anyone who wants to be reminded of what the Bible is all about. It’s not a book made up of random stories that don’t really relate. It’s a book that unfolds God’s plan of redemption from start to finish.

51cBGPNUqFL._SX317_BO1,204,203,200_You Are What You Love by James Smith. After seeing a lot a people praise this book I decided to grab a copy of it and read it for myself. The basic premise of this book seemed to be that discipleship is more about your heart than your head. In the opening chapter, Smith says, “Discipleship is more a matter of hungering and thirsting than of knowing and believing” (page 2). Smith doesn’t argue knowledge is not important, but that Christian discipleship is a journey of retraining our hearts to love and worship the right things. Throughout the book Smith explains how that looks and even spends a few chapters talking about how that looks in local church worship, the home, and in raising children. This book was one of those books that forced me chew on what was said and argued even after I was done. It was an excellent read and would recommend it to anyone who wants to be stretched in their view of discipleship.

0801065593What is Reformed Theology? by R.C. Sproul. This book have been around since the late 90’s but it has been a go to book for people who want to get basic understanding of Reformed theology. I personally lean towards Reformed theology pretty heavily myself. I’ve been influenced over the years by many Reformed preachers and writers. However, I did attend Bible college at a school that was dispensational in their theology (even though it had a hint of Reformed theology due to a few professors). Even though I consider myself pretty reformed in my theology I have always had lingering questions about certain points. This book helped answer those questions and made me even more confident that Reformed theology (although not perfect – no theological system or framework is) is very Biblical and interprets God’s Word well. The book in broken down into two major sections. In the first section Sproul explains what Reformed theology is based on. The second section walks through the TULIP (total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement, irresistible grace, and perseverance of the saints) which is the basic outline and framework of Reformed theology. This is a great book for anyone who wants a basic understanding of Reformed theology.

Two other books I’ve recently read that I chose not to review are Adopted for Life by Russell Moore and Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis.

Published by Austin McCann

Austin is the student ministries director at Redemption Chapel in Stow, OH. He has a BA from Piedmont International University and a Master of Arts in Religion with a Christian leadership focus from Liberty University School of Divinity. Austin enjoys reading, writing, playing basketball and golf, and spending time with his family.

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  1. Sad to see you turning your back on truth. I went to the same Bible college. I am amazed to see what happens when supposed men of God get out from under good scholarship.

    1. Hi James,

      Thanks for taking the time to read this post and see my reviews. It’s also great to hear from someone else who graduated from Piedmont. I’m very thankful for that school and the Biblical knowledge I gained while I was there. However, I do believe the phrase “turning your back on truth” is a bit too much. I’m assuming you are referring to my thoughts on R.C. Sprout’s book on Reformed theology. Someone turning their back on truth is much different than someone leaning into Reformed theology. It’s a theological system (like Dispensationalism is) that has it’s strengths and weaknesses. To claim one system is the right one and believe all others are not considered in the “truth” camp is a bold belief. Also, claiming I’m not a “man of God” because I may be Reformed is another bold stance I’m surprised you took.

      All in all, Reformed theology (in my opinion) seems to be the most Biblical theological system. It does contain points I’m not 100% sold on but that doesn’t mean I’m willingly to throw out the whole system. I’m sure one day we will enjoy the new earth and God will explain to us how all our theological system where a bit off. I look forward to that day.

      Thanks again for the comment.

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