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Now that I am an official student again I have to be more disciplined about what I read. That means I see lots of intriguing and excellent books being published that I won’t likely find time to read all the way through (at least not in the immediate future). I have a stack of nine new books on my floor that I’ve been wanting to read, but, alas, have to put on the shelf for the time being. I’ve thumbed through all of them and have heard good reports that they are books worth your time consideration.

Gary Millar and Phil Campbell, Saving Eutychus: How to Preach God’s Word and Keep People Awake (Mattias Media). This looks like a very practical book for preachers. It came highly recommended to me by Alistair Begg. I looked at the chapter on illustrations and found it very helpful.



John D. Currid, Against the Gods: The Polemical Theology of the Old Testament (Crossway). I will definitely read this before I return to the Pentateuch in my preaching schedule.



Brett McCracken, Gray Matters: Navigating the Space Between Legalism and Liberty (Baker). From what I read I’m pretty sure I would draw the line differently on some matters (especially when it comes to sex in movies), but on the whole it seemed a very thoughtful and balanced discussion.


David Murray, Jesus on Every Page: 10 Simple Ways to Seek and Find Christ in the Old Testament (Thomas Nelson). I’m excited about this book because preachers need to find Christ in the Old Testament, but they need to do it responsibly.



Heath Lambert, Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace (Zondervan). We need more good resources about pornography. I’ve heard this is going to be one of the must-haves.




Wayne Grudem and Barry Asmus, The Poverty of Nations: A Sustainable Solution (Crossway). A defense of the free market as an economic and spiritual good–students, pastors, and regular parishoners should read this before trying to speak above our pay grade about wealth and poverty in the world.



Matthew Barrett, Salvation by Grace: The Case for Effectual Calling and Regeneration (P&R). I’ve been excited about the books I see Barrett pumping. This one is supposed to be excellent.



Thomas R. Schreiner, The King in His Beauty: A Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments (Baker Academic). There have been a number of remarkable biblical theologies published in the last few years. Unfortunately, this is another one that I don’t have time at present to really digest.


Matt Chandler, To Live Is Christ, to Die Is Gain (David Cook). It’s harder than you might think to find solid, engaging, accessible books that take you through Scripture. I’d be surprised if this journey through Philippians is not a good example of one of those books.


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11 thoughts on “Books I Wish I Had Time to Read”

  1. mariep says:

    I would read your new book if I weren’t so crazy busy! ;-)

  2. Dave B says:

    How about some suggestions on recent books on ecclesiology?

  3. Greg Butler says:

    Just recently started reading “To Live is Christ,to die is Gain” highly recommend the book.

  4. Andrew says:

    I just wanted to put a bug in the ear of the gospel coalition about organizing a march on washingtonto help garner attention for our brothers and sisters being persecuted and murdered in the middle east. This issue needs attention and government involvement. You guys are powerful enough to do it.

  5. “Jesus on Every Page” is money, and one of the few books dealing with a Christo-centric biblical theology in a way that doesn;t just state a bunch of examples but actually helps you to read the whole of Scripture (particularly the OT) that way for yourself. You can read my own review here

    “Saving Eutychus” and “To live is Christ …” are also on my list as well.

  6. Dave B says:

    Thanks for the suggestions. Just finished Matt Anderson new book The End of Our Exploring. How affirming it was to my questioning. I no longer feel like the strange one. I highly reccomend it. Thanks Matt.

  7. Lamar Carnes says:

    A new book coming out is “Strange Fire” by John MacArthur. If any current minister deserves a hearing on this issue it is this man.
    I am not a cessationist nor am I in the cateogry of “all things go” in the area of gifts or miracle working. Actually, I fall down on the side of Martyn Llloyd Jones most likely the closest explanation to our difficulties in unraveling the issues as I have found. God is NOT IN A BOX and we can’t say ever that HE cannot do things like He once did. However, having said that, the Apostolic Gift abilities do not seem to have continued or are not being continued at this time. By that I mean “a person doesn’t have the ability to send a piece of cloth in the mail and it heal anyone, or speak a word into the air and a dead person comes alive or a person blind can be made to see with that word! However, nothing since the Apostles has changed in terms of the saints praying for a person to be healed and God heals them, and/or God does do miracles in many areas of life – not only healing, but more physical things one can see and observe. But those are different than the Apostolic direct action gifts being worked. Those always came to pass immediately just like Jesus’ miracles took place, but the Church saints today, may or may not see a answer to their prayers exactly as they requested. God may heal and He may not! But having said that, God can do anything He wishes to do at any given moment with any given person if HE so desires to do so. It is just that the modern day Pentecostal Charismatic movement is way off base on these subjects and can’t show evidence and/or proff they really have anything going on at all but much deceit and false things take place all over the world. Having said that also, don’t forget Satan can perform many things. 100% accuracy was required from a person if he or she was a prophet of God. I think the same is demanded with any person who claims they are like the Apostles in their mangement of a gift they claim they have! Prove it!! And also, the person had better be on line with major Doctrinal truths also.

  8. Andrew Hall says:

    Along with the “Finally Free” book–which looks good–I recommend David White’s book “Sexual Sanity for Men” (there’s also a women’s version) from New Growth Press (2012). I’ve been using it with a guys’ small group. It’s not as detailed about why-X-is-sexual-sin as, say, Every Man’s Battle. But it’s theologically rich and its content gives men a picture of what gospel-born sanctification within the life of the church looks like and how we are empowered to live it out. Really good book.

  9. Totally in the same boat. Love these references. I’d also recommend “Both-And, Living the Christ-Centered Life in an Either-Or World” by Rich Nathan and Insoo Kim, pastors and authors from Vineyard Columbus. Especially if Brett McCracken’s “Gray Matters” is one that intrigued you.
    Check it out at and read some of the reviews from people like Richard Stearns, Nicky Gumbel, Alec Hill, Craig Keener, and Richard Foster, to name a few.

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Kevin DeYoung is the senior pastor at Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, North Carolina. He is chairman of the board of The Gospel Coalition, assistant professor of systematic theology at Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte), and a PhD candidate at the University of Leicester. Kevin and his wife, Trisha, have seven children. You can follow him on Twitter.

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