Six Books I'm Looking Forward to Reading in 2016

January 5, 2016

With the New Year upon us and a litany of resolutions being made, I though I would tell you about 6 books I’m looking forward to reading in 2016. Some of these I have purchased, others I’m waiting for the price to drop a bit, but all of them are on my ‘must read’ list for 2016. They are not in a particular order:

Family Worship – Donald S. Whitney – I have read two of Whitney’s books previously, ‘Simplify your Spiritual Life’ and ‘Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life’. Both were extremely helpful and insightful, so I am hoping that this new one may be equally if not better than these two in this area of worship in the home.

Church in Hard Places – Mez McConnell and Mike McKinley – knowing Mez fairly well, being enthusiastic about the 20 Schemes initiative and rejoicing at all God is doing at Niddrie Community Church means I am so excited about this new book. Mez is an expert in this field and I love Mike McKinley’s writing style also, especially in his Church Planting for Wimps.

Why Bother with Church? – Sam Allberry – These little books by The Good Book Company are becoming a marvellous series looking at a wide range of aspects of the Christian Life. This is the latest offering in the series and am excited to dive in, Sam is a great writer and his prior contribution to the series Is God anti-Gay? was tremendously helpful.

Zeal Without Burnout – Christopher Ash – The longer I am involved in church work the more one hears about burnout and so to benefit from Christopher Ash and his great wisdom under the subtitle sustainable sacrifice will be a joy and hopefully a help to myself and others.

Do More Better – Tim Challies – I love reading the blog challies.com, it is such a good gathering point of the best of the Christian web. His new book on productivity looks excellent and as someone who manages to spin a lot of plates simultaneously I look forward to gleaning his pearls of wisdom.

Fools Talk (Recovering the art of Christian Persuasion) – Os Guinness – This book made it onto the Desiring God best of 2015 list and Os is someone who stands right at the cutting edge between sacred and secular debates, discussion and interaction and therefore this looks like an exciting tome.

6 others to look out for. The Fellowship: literary lives of the inklings – P. & C. Zaleski, C.S Lewis: A Life – A McGrath, J.I. Packer – Leland Ryken, We Cannot Be Silent – Al Mohler, A Charlie Brown Religion – Stephen Lind, & Stop Your Complaining – Ronnie Martin.