Has anyone asked you what you want for Christmas? I’m sure that many people are not excited about the whole idea of Christmas lists that are given to those who ask. This can keep people from spending the time thinking about you and creatively blessing you. On the other hand, it can also make it easy to give a gift someone really wants.
We’re not going to develop a theology of gift-giving here (although that would probably be worthwhile to do). Instead, I’m going to put a couple plugs out for some books that you may want to read or give to someone else. If you’re not sure what to ask others to give you when they ask or if you’re thinking about what to give someone else, here are couple great books that are well worth the read:
Tim Keller | Counterfeit Gods
It’s always a dangerous thing to recommend a book you haven’t read. Although I have yet to read it, I’ve heard Keller teach on the material in this book in several different places. Knowing that he was going to put it into writing, I’ve been eagerly expecting this book to be released – my copy came in the mail a few days ago. This book exposes how prone we are to turn good things (like money, sex, and power) into ultimate things, setting them in the place of the only One who will truly satisfy us.
CJ Mahaney | Living the Cross Centered Life
I read through this with a group of guys from Kerdos last year. The goal of this book is to help us become passionate about the gospel. In his words, “And I don’t mean passionate only about sharing it with others; I mean passionate in thinking about the gospel, reflecting upon it, rejoicing in it, allowing it to color the way we look at the world and all of life.” This book is a shorter read, but is very helpful in explaining that the gospel isn’t just for those who don’t believe it yet; its for every day of the believers’ life.
Vaughan Roberts | God’s Big Picture
This book is one of clearest shorter books to help you get a handle on the story-line of the Bible. We can sometimes tend to view the Bible in a fragmented way as a series of unrelated events. This will help you see that the Bible is not just 66 books with many authors, it is one book with one Author about one story. Roberts’s book helps us understand what Luke means when he wrote, “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, [Jesus] interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself” (Luke 24:27).
What would you recommend?