The Prodigal God, by Timothy Keller – Ably walking the reader through the historical, cultural, and theological contexts of Jesus’ parable of the Lost Sons (or, more commonly, the Prodigal Son), Keller sheds new light of this cherished story and unlocks a depth of meaning that is often overlooked by contemporary teachers and scholars. Unpacking this rich parable, Keller calls his reader to redefine sin, lostness, hope, and salvation. Keller reminds the reader that at the heart of the gospel is a God who is lavish in grace – a must read!
Next Generation Leader, by Andy Stanley – Leadership is a stewardship. As such, Stanley exhorts young leaders to consider five components of effective and faithful leadership: competence, courage, clarity, coaching, and character. Stanley, a gifted communicator, draws from personal illustrations, professional experience, and biblical examples in order to compile this rich and insightful resource for young leaders.
God in the Flesh, by Don Everts – Despite Paul’s admonishment to “remember Jesus” (2 Tim. 2:8), our vision of Him is often blurred by outright lies, over-familiarity, and theological jargon. Everts explores the “stage directions” (narration of people’s responses to Jesus) of the gospels, which are often overlooked or skimmed. Here we find that people were seized by the presence of this God-Man. God in the Flesh offers a powerful reminder of the audacity and draw of Jesus, and the radical call of faith. A very challenging look at the untamable Jesus.
Blink, by Malcolm Gladwell – The human mind is hardwired for split-second decision-making. This “rapid-cognition” allows humans to act with limited information and time – almost as if by intuition. Gladwell explores the power of rapid-cognition, both its potential to serve us well (e.g. doctors and speed daters) and mislead us (e.g. racial biases and police shootings). Well-written and full of psychological insight, Gladwell’s work asks its reader to take seriously the power of rapid-cognition.
Axiom, by Bill Hybels – I’m looking forward to reading Hybels’ reflections on leadership, thirty years in the making!
Have you read anything good lately?