As May nears its end, Father’s Day, just as quickly, approaches. To celebrate Father’s Day this year, we’ve created a book bundle to encourage dads with edifying books. As COVID-19 causes all kinds of concern and anxiety, we’ve chosen these books to help encourage men to trust in Christ.
For only $35, you can save 50 percent off the retail price ($70.94). Order the six-book bundle today from our TGC Bookstore and save—and see the bottom of the post for three additional parenting books you may want to add to your order. Ordering through our bookstore will ensure you avoid Amazon delivery delays.
1. Timothy Keller, The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness: The Path to True Christian Joy (10Publishing)
What are the marks of a supernaturally changed heart? Paul addresses this question as he writes to the church in Corinth. He’s not after some superficial outward tinkering, but instead a deep-rooted, life-altering change that takes place on the inside. In an age where pleasing people, puffing up your ego, and building your résumé are seen as the methods to “make it,” the apostle calls us to find true rest in blessed self-forgetfulness.
In this short and punchy book, bestselling author Tim Keller shows that gospel humility means we can stop connecting every experience and conversation with ourselves, and can thus be free from self-condemnation. A truly humble person is neither self-hating person nor self-loving, but self-forgetful.
2. Mark Vroegop, Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy: Discovering the Grace of Lament (Crossway)
Lament is how you live between the poles of a hard life and trusting God’s goodness. Lament is how we bring our sorrow to God—but it is a neglected dimension of the Christian life for many Christians today. We need to recover the practice of honest spiritual struggle that gives us permission to vocalize our pain and wrestle with our sorrow. Lament avoids trite answers and quick solutions, progressively moving us toward deeper worship and trust.
Exploring how the Bible—through the psalms of lament and the book of Lamentations—gives voice to our pain, this book invites us to grieve, struggle, and tap into the rich reservoir of grace and mercy God offers in the darkest moments of our lives.
3. Elliot Clark, Evangelism as Exiles: Life on Mission as Strangers in Our Own Land (The Gospel Coalition)
Suffering and exclusion are normal in a believer’s life. At least they should be. This was certainly Jesus’s experience. And it’s the experience of countless Christians around the world today.
No matter your social location or set of experiences, the biblical letter of 1 Peter wants to redefine your expectations and reinvigorate your hope.
Drawing on years of ministry in a Muslim-majority nation, Elliot Clark guides us through Peter’s letter with striking insights for today. Whether we’re in positions of power or weakness, influence or marginalization, all of us are called to live and witness as exiles in a world that’s not our home. This is our job description. This is our mission. This is our opportunity.
4. Matt Smethurst, Before You Open Your Bible: Nine Heart Postures for Approaching God’s Word (10Publishing)
We know the Bible is important, but many of us struggle with it. We’re not biblical experts—though we may have started enough reading plans to be really familiar with Genesis. If we’re honest, the Bible often intimidates us, confuses us, and reading it doesn’t always thrill us.
And yet, the Bible is where God reveals his loving character and incredible plan of redemption. In a practical and engaging manner, Matt Smethurst—managing editor of The Gospel Coalition—presents nine heart postures that will prepare you to unpack all that’s awaiting you in God’s Word.
Although there are many great resources on how to read and study Scripture, hardly any focus exclusively on how to approach it in the first place. That’s what Smethurst provides in this unique “prelude” to opening your Bible. For without the right heart postures, we’re not yet ready to start reading.
5. Collin Hansen and Jeff Robinson, eds., 12 Faithful Men: Portraits of Courageous Endurance in Pastoral Ministry (Baker)
Most pastors know when they enter the ministry that they will spend time helping others through times of suffering. What they usually do not realize, though, is that they too will suffer. Caught off guard, many of them end up deeply hurt and quit the ministry, deciding that perhaps they misunderstood God’s call on their lives or that they simply do not have what it takes. But church history is filled with compelling stories of men who were profoundly afflicted while they carried out their ministry and yet persevered faithfully until death.
Now the editors of The Gospel Coalition have collected inspiring stories of 12 faithful men who endured great suffering for the cause of Christ. The stories of the apostle Paul, John Calvin, Charles Spurgeon, John Bunyan, Wang Mindao, and others show that suffering in the context of ministry is expected–and it’s never wasted. Pastors and ministry leaders, as well as those who support them, will find in this collection encouragement to run the race with endurance.
6. Collin Hansen, ed., Lost and Found: How Jesus Helped Us Discover Our True Selves (The Gospel Coalition)
There are many paths to lose your way. And only one way to find it.
So said Jesus of Nazareth, the most compelling and controversial teacher of all time. This book aims to make sense of his counterintuitive claim: Unless we lose our lives for his sake, we will never discover our true selves.
Writers from around the world tell their stories of healing and hope amid many hardships. Joni Eareckson Tada, Sam Allberry, Christopher Yuan, Aixa de López, and many other contributors share how God found them amid many dangers, toils, and snares.
Note: You can also add the following titles on parenting, for 50 percent off each:
- Jon Nielson, Bible Reading With Your Kids: A Simple Guide for Every Father (10Publishing)
- Paul David Tripp, Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family (Crossway)
- J. C. Ryle, Duties of Parents (10Publishing)