Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Top Book of 2009

Last December I announced my favorite book of 2008 and for 2009 there were no shortages of excellent Christian Books. In fact, I believe as Christians today we are exposed to some of the most edifying books both current and reprints than ever before.

Technology has also made the information available to Christians at an all-time high. Yes, there is a bad side to this and there is no shortage of very bad teachings but overall, if you compare your resources to the Bible, 2009 had some of the finest materials available in recent years.

This year's favorite book was a tough choice and while my gut tells me to call this a tie and move on, I just can't do that. There were two books that made a profound impact on me in 2009 and both were printed in 2009.

Honorable mention and in a close second place is a book by Randy Alcorn called "If God is Good: Faith in the Midst of Suffering and Evil." It is a wonderful resource on God and His role in suffering. At 494 pages, it is no small addition to the subject but I found it very good and a resource I will continue to go back for.

The 2009 Book of the Year is by Dr. Russell Moore and it is called "Adopted For Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families & Churches"

The title speaks for itself. It might be easy to ignore the book if you don't think ytou are called to adopt but the book is about so much more. The author states: “In this book I want to call us all to consider how encouraging adoption—whether we adopt or whether we help others adopt—can help us peer into the ancient mystery of our faith in Christ and can help us restore the fracturing unity and the atrophied mission of our congregation.” As Moore explains, “The gospel of Jesus Christ means our families and churches ought to be at the forefront of the adoption of orphans close to home and around the world.” It is the gospel that calls us to adopt but it is also the gospel that teaches us how to understand adoption. In fact, “as we become more adoption-friendly, we’ll be better able to understand the gospel.”

Let me challenge you to get a copy and find out how you as a Christian can play a role in this important work.

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