Well, hasn’t it been an interesting year. Off the back of my November post, this will be the final ‘Top Reads’ post of 2017 – and so it includes a range of things.
- The Best Books I Read in 2017 – Sheridan Voysey, an author and social media person I follow online, has written an interesting look back at what he read in 2017. I’ll probably take some recommendations off of this list for next year.
- Being Disciples by Rowan Williams – I’m late to the party on this book (it came out in 2016!) but this is a great little book on discipleship.
- No, the Bible doesn’t command we ‘stand with Israel – contentious, but presented without comment. An interesting article on one of this world’s hotspots.
- Piper’s Best Tweets – a light hearted summary that points to some serious things. This is a collection of Tweets by John Piper, which (if, like me, you like JP and are active on the internet) is well worth mulling and giggling over.
- Why Marriage is Increasingly for the Royals – and the Rich. This is a provocative but potentially really important Spectator article about how marriage is gradually becoming an unobtainable luxury…
- Book Review: Sin, Grace and Free Will. This new book by Matthew Knell is a brilliant introduction to some vital topics – rooted in historical sources.
- Spine: Mark Read & Toxic People – I love it when my colleagues do awesome stuff and get recognised for it. As well as this, this is a fascinating insight into the creative process of book cover design.
- The Babylon Bee’s Top Ten Books of 2017 – this is a bit of Christian satire that I found very amusing.
- Why Charismatics and Calvinists need each other. This is a great article from The Gospel Coalition recognising the importance of unity and dialogue between two tribes in the Church that I strongly identify with.
- ‘A Spiritual Battle:’ How Roy Moore tested White evangelical allegiance to the Republican Party. This incisive piece by Sarah Pulliam Bailey is a fascinating look into the complexities of ‘evangelical’ as a label in the USA, and offers some provocative things to think about in terms of Christianity and politics. Watching a range of friends argue on the internet (And, to a lesser extent, in real life) about ‘evangelical’ as a label makes me think I’m probably going to be writing about it a lot in the next year.
At some point in January I’ll probably distill all these top tens into one post – I’ve read some interesting things!