Best of 2014: Books

Best-of-2014It’s time for my end of the year lists, and this first one covers my favorite books of 2014:

5. Batman, Vol. 5: Zero Year – Dark City by Scott Snyder

This was a fantastic story retelling the Dark Knight’s origin. The rise of the Riddler has meant the fall of Gotham, and the particular failure of Batman himself. The gripping tale involves twists, turn, and some beautiful storytelling. Combine that with the beautiful artwork of Capullo and you have one amazing collection of comics.

4. Transformissional Groups by Ed Stetzer and Eric Geiger

Stetzer has co-authored one of the best books on small groups I’ve read in a while. In particular he emphasizes the importance of small groups. Churches that just have them but don’t prioritize them will fail at them. But churches that prioritize small group ministry will see discipleship blossom within their folds. The book gives such great practical help on launching this ministry alongside its praise of their significance.

3. United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity by Trillia Newbell

I loved this book! One area the church needs to continue to grow in is most certainly the area of race. To help us understand not simply diversity in the church, but healthy community as a whole, Trillia has written this beautiful book. I loved both her personal anecdotes and her understanding and application of the Scriptures. This is a worthwhile book.

2.Made for More by Hannah Anderson

My friend Hannah has written a beautiful book that champions Biblical womanhood in a more balanced, nuanced, and comprehensive way. Rather than focus on the roles of women, this book reminds us that first and foremost women are bearers of the Imago Dei. She encourages us to view women chiefly through this lens and gives us some help in thinking about the long-term and diverse implications of this theological truth. I loved this book, not just for women, but for the church as a whole!

1. Scripture and Counseling ed. by Robert Kelleman and Jeff Forrey

This was a phenomenal work pulling chapters from a variety of voices. Dealing both with philosophical and theological foundations and practical application makes this an incredibly useful resource for Biblical counselors. It is not simply another book promoting the nouthetic approach, rather it is a philosophical defense of the approach. In many ways it’s the most intelligent and articulate argument for Biblical counseling. Once again, the Biblical Counseling Coalition has delivered a tremendous resource for all of us, regardless of organizational affiliation.

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