Must-Reads of 2018

Must Reads of 2018Ok, I admit it. 2018 hasn’t been my most memorable year when it comes to reading and writing (forty books shy of my reading goal, plus a goose egg’s worth of articles published). But I still came across a few books worth sharing. Here are my top ten reads of the past year.




39786763The Prodigal Prophet: Jonah and the Mystery of God’s Mercy, Timothy Keller

A fine companion while preaching through the book of Jonah a few months ago. True to form, Keller brings out so many gospel surprises from this pigeon-holed prophet. 




36544577Strength in What Remains, Tracy Kidder

A striking story of a refugee’s assimilation into the United States. It made me all the more eager to sit at the feet of such sojourners. 





35394313All Creatures Great and Small, James Herriot

By far my most laugh-out-loud read of the year. Although I never entertained veterinary medicine as a career, Herriot’s stories made me feel as though I should’ve. 





30753888The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery, Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile

A mostly light-hearted introduction for the new (and perhaps skeptical) Enneagram explorer. 





21841788Sonship Manual: 3rd Edition, World Harvest Mission (Serge)

The “textbook” for Serge’s Mentored Sonship, a 9-12 month discipleship program that’s worth far more than its $1120 enrollment fee. If you just want the consolidated content, I recommend instead, The Gospel-Centered Life: Study Guide with Leader Notes by Robert Thune and Will Walker. 




18857467An Enquiry into the Obligations of Christians to Use Means for the Conversion of the Heathens in Which the Religious State of the Different Nations of the World, the Success of Former Undertakings, and the Practicability of Further Undertakings, Are Considered, William Carey

William Carey’s classic that helped ignite the Modern Missions Movement. Yes, it has the longest title ever, but the content is brief–and still inspiring.



17623340Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon, Bryan Chapell

A much-needed handbook for the–ahem–wannabe preacher. 





15720447Lincoln’s Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness, Joshua Wolf Shenk 

A 370-page case study on strength through weakness, as evidenced throughout the life of Abraham Lincoln. This book gave me hope. 





944267Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life, Henry Cloud and John Townsend

After recommending this book for years, I finally found the courage to let it hit me square in the chest. It may have cracked my sternum, but at least I’m closer to functioning like a healthy human being. 




41541906The MarketSpace: Essential Relationships Between the Sending Church, Marketplace Worker, and Missionary Team, Larry E. McCrary

An important and unique contribution to the marketplace missions conversation. We bought a copy for everyone in our church. 





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