Pastor Vocab’s “Top Ten” Most Influential Books 

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By Vocab Malone aka John-Mark Rieser

I mainly include books that are, in some way, paradigm shakers – even if it’s only one big idea I takeaway. My list has books that have strongly shaped the way I think about things; “big picture” books (no, not books with pictures).

 

1. The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God by John M. Frame
Good biblical introduction to epistemology and other philosophical issues, all from a theological persepective.


2. Competent to Counsel: Introduction to Nouthetic Counseling by Jay E. Adams
Sparked a revolution in pastoral care. Still the most plain, most straightforward, and most convicting introduction to biblical counseling.


3. Let the Nations Be Glad! The Supremacy of God in Missions by John Piper
Will ignite a passion for missions in the Christian’s soul! Provides a biblical and God-centered view of missions and evangelism.


4. Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine by Wayne Grudem
Clear, user-friendly and fun-to-navigate. A resource to turn to again and again. Fair, balanced, and based on Scripture.


5. Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions by Gregory Koukl
Equips the Christian for wisdom and effectiveness in conversational evangelism. Learn how to ask questions to make people think about what they are saying.



6. Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon by Bryan Chappell
No other approach to preaching has influenced me as much as this one. Biblical, practical, pastoral, gospel-centered, and Christ-focused.


 
7. One Race, One Blood: A Biblical Answer to Racism by Ken Ham and A. Charles Ware
Genesis, creation, history, Adam and Eve, the imago dei, DNA, biblical anthroplogy and more – this book brings it all to bear on the question of racism, unity, and humanity.


 

8. Rhythms of Grace: How the Church’s Worship Tells the Story of the Gospel by Mike Cosper
Why do we worship? How do we worship? How do we tie together creativity, church history, liturgical elements, and the gospel into our music and worship?

9. Love Your God with All Your Mind: The Role of Reason in the Life of the Soul by J.P. Moreland
Challenges pastors, congregations and all Christians to take seriously the life of the mind in relationship to Christian discipleship, growth and our sanctification.

10. The Case for Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus by Lee Strobel
This book shows how a skilled communicator can make important apologetic issues engaging and interesting for a wider audience. Covers all the basic categories about Jesus.

 


Note: 
I did not include Scripture in this list, as it stand in a different category altogether. The Bible has influenced me differently and more significantly than any book on the above list – by far.

 

All book covers are linkable to the respected book.

Original post: Roosevelt Community Church Blog

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