On average, we publish around 150 book reviews a year at The Gospel Coalition. Ecclesiastes 12:12 rings true: “Of making many books there is no end.” It’s impossible to read, let alone review, each one. But in addition to our steady line of reviews, we want to highlight other books you should know about. This is our monthly installment of brief book notices from Fred Zaspel. You can check out more book notices, reviews, author interviews, and book summaries at Books At a Glance.
Delightful instruction for new and old Christians alike on how to read Scripture most profitably and rewardingly. This is “Bible Reading 101,” but it contains important reminders of Scripture’s uniqueness, importance, and value for us all. An ideal little book for church-wide distribution.
Baker Books, 2019
An excellent new book from Matthew Barrett on the greatness and perfection of God. It’s a must-have book on the subject. You’ll find your mind expanded and your heart stirred. A book of deeply informed theology, and some of the best devotional reading you’ve read in a long time. Really excellent.
Matthew Barrett, ed.
This is the new “go-to” resource—a superb collection of essays on the doctrine of justification and related matters. I can’t commend this highly enough. And again I have to say it: a must-have book.
Christian hymnody and hymnology have long been an interest of mine, but this book is a bit different. It’s not your “stories of great hymns” kind of book but a brief analysis of 40 great hymns—their poetry, content, musical setting, and so on. A guide to better-informed hymn singing and a great devotional read. I bought several copies to give away. Highly recommended.
Armand P. Tiffe
Focus Publishing, 2019
Romans 6 is a pivotal chapter for the Christian’s pursuit of practical godliness, and Tiffe provides a brief but helpful pastoral exposition and application of the chapter as it relates to the believer’s struggle against sin. Guided questions follow each chapter for closer personal application. Really good for discipleship and personal use and for small group study and discussion.