12 Books We Recommend While Social Distancing
We've been holed up and social distancing for a few weeks now. If you're going stir crazy and needing something to get you through these next few weeks, have no fear: we have a few recommendations for you.
Listed below are a handful of books we'd recommend, with a little blurb about why we're recommending them. You can click right thru on each title to purchase. Let us know if you buy them—we'd love to hear your thoughts on any of them that you read!
Ryan: "This book was written in 2018 - enough time to document how 'outrage culture' has become the norm since the 2016 presidential election. Stetzer shows how being a Christian often means that we must navigate through nasty rhetoric from both sides of the political aisle to offer a better solution than our preferred candidate every four years."
Justin: "This is an great book to learn about the importance of worshiping God in a family setting—a great practice, especially during quarantine. It's very practical and has helpful applications for all types of family situations. It's a short book, and it's very easy to read."
Cody: "This book is likely the one that has shaped my theology of the church the most, outside of Scripture. It's a must-read for anybody who wants to take church seriously."
Corey: "We have to be careful with historical fiction, but this book is an exception to the rule. Steal Away Home depicts the friendship between Charles Spurgeon and American slave Thomas Johnson and their love for Christlike unity in a divided time."
Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible by Brandon J. O'Brien and E. Richards
Ryan: "We all bring our ideas of what it good and what is right into our reading of scripture. But what happens when we speak with Christians from different cultures who have vastly different understandings of what a passage means or how it is appropriately applied to our lives? O'Brien and Richards combine their years in academia and the mission field to show that hard work is necessary when trying to discern what the Bible actually says."
Justin: "This book does a great job unpacking the doctrine of the Trinity and its implications for the Christian life. I think it's an especially helpful resource to provide further context and encouragement during our Christology series."
What Is a Girl Worth?: My Story of Breaking the Silence and Exposing the Truth About Larry Nassar and USA Gymnastics by Rachael Denhollander
Cody: "This is the book that has had the most impact on me in the last year or so. Though the title may not seem like it has immediate theological implications, the Denhollanders have been advocates for those abused within the church—and the problem runs deeper than we often admit. They are a wonderful family, and Rachael has written an insightful and significant book."
Corey: "The Whole Christ is marvelous book for us to read anytime, but is especially helpful during this Easter season. Ferguson carefully walks through Christology and gives great perspectives—always pointing back to Scripture."
When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert
Justin: "This book shines a light on the ways we can best help our neighbors in need. It covers a range of topics from finances to missions, and it can provide a helpful perspective when so many around us are hurting and in need of assistance."
Cody: "Jared is one of my favorite writers. Everything he publishes is soaked in the gospel, and this might be his best work yet. Practical, honest, and biblical."
The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why It Matters by Tom Nichols
Ryan: "Though this book is not written from a Christian worldview, it does help explain why much of Western culture doesn't trust those who are experts in their field. Much of this comes from the advent and explosion of the internet where anyone with a few clicks of the mouse believes they are just as qualified to render opinions as those who have given their lives to the study of their field."
Corey: Conversion is the best book I have read on this topic. Lawrence is thoughtful in how he describes what happens when the slave of sin becomes a believer in Christ.