My Ten Favorite Reads of 2007

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As you can see from the list here, 2007 was the year of books and book reviews for me here at Kingdom People. I can’t help but think about what an honor it is to live in an age when books are so accessible! 2007 has also been the first year that I have received books free from publishers in order that I might write about them on this blog. So, without further ado, here is my list of favorite books in 2007.

#1. THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV – Fyodor Dostoevsky

Pevear & Volokhonsky Translation of The Brothers Karamazov.
“…might possibly be… the greatest novel of all time… Provokes questions about God’s sovereignty, the place of suffering in our world, human depravity, and redemption through pain.” See my full review here. 

#2. A COMMUNITY CALLED ATONEMENT – Scot McKnight

A Community Called Atonement (Living Theology)
“…one of the most important Christian books of the year… [gives one] a wonderful sense of how big the atonement is and how great is God’s love for this fallen world.”
See my full review here.

#3. THE PREACHER AND THE PRESIDENTS – Nancy Gibbs, Michael Duffy

Billy Graham in the White House
“…tells the story of Billy Graham’s relationship with eleven presidents (from Harry Truman to George W. Bush)… a testament to Billy Graham’s legacy – both how and how not to mix politics and religion.”
See full review here.

#4. THE FUTURE OF JUSTIFICATION – John Piper

A Response to N. T. Wright
“…an important contribution to the current debates surrounding the ‘new perspective’ on Paul… Piper’s critique of N.T. Wright is gracious and even-handed… represents the way that theological debate should take place.”
See my full review here.

#5. NIGHT – Elie Wiesel

Night (Oprah's Book Club)
“…a short book describing Wiesel’s year in Auschwitz and Buchenwald…forces the reader wrestle with questions about human depravity, God’s sovereignty, the reason for suffering.”
See full review here.

#6. THEOLOGY OF THE REFORMERS – Timothy George

Theology of the Reformers
“…the place to start one’s study of the theology that drove the Reformation.”
See full review here.

#7. GREAT LEADER, GREAT TEACHER – Gary Bredfeldt

Recovering the Biblical Vision for Leadership
“Bredfeldt’s simple thesis comes as a breath of fresh air. Leadership effectiveness is maximized by great teaching ability…”
See full review here.

#8. THE APOCALYPSE CODE – Hank Hanegraaff

Find Out What the Bible REALLY Says About the End Times . . . and Why It Matters Today “… one of the better books on eschatology to grace the bookshelves of your local Christian store… The code to unlocking Revelation’s secrets is in understanding the Old Testament.”
See full review here.

#9. EVIL AND THE JUSTICE OF GOD – N.T. Wright

Evil And the Justice of God
“…an important work by arguably the most important Christian theologian of our day… worth reading, worth owning, and worth discussing.”
See full review here.

#10. DISCIPLINES OF A GODLY MAN – R. Kent Hughes

Disciplines of a Godly Man
“…a passionate plea for men to embrace a disciplined life of intentional discipleship… the book survey is by itself worth the price of the book.”
See full review here.

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