Here's a round up of some of my favorite books from this past year.  They are NOT necessarily books that were written in 2015, though some of them are. They're just books I read in 2015. I tried to list them in order of how good I thought they were, but it was too hard. I argued with myself over every one of them.  (Also, I tried to stick with a "Top 5" but it turns out I couldn't. Technically, there are ten books represented here. 

1. The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson. This is a series we read together as a family this year. To be honest, we're on book four but we're close enough that I figured it should count. Andrew Peterson is a great writer, the story is a ton of fun, and it also sparked a whole host of great conversations with our kids about life, love, suffering, honor, and family. 

2. What Does The Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality? by Kevin DeYoung. Homosexuality was a big topic in 2015, and rightfully so. This is an area where Christians have so much to say, especially concerning our hope in Jesus Christ and the reason for the Gospel- redemption and forgiveness for sins. This book is a great introduction to the whole question. I would highly recommend this book to every Christian. 

3. The Pastor and Counseling by Jeremy Pierre and Dee Reju. These two guys are solid gold, and have meant an awful lot to me in my life. They are incredibly capable, gifted counselors, pastors, and thinkers. This book is distilled wisdom, and I have no doubt I'll come back to it many times as a pastor. I'd actually encourage church members to read this book to better understand and better aid their pastors in the calling of loving and caring for Christians in this fallen world. 

4. Amazing Grace by Eric Metaxas. An absolutely fascinating biography of William Wilberforce! I enjoyed every bit of this book, and found it to be so helpful to read. As with homosexuality, abortion came into the spotlight this year and Christians must respond with wisdom and clarity. We must respond biblically, and with Gospel truths. I found the story of Wilberforce and the slave trade to have a number of parallels. Not to mention, it's just a great story! 

5. From Embers To A Flame by Harry L. Reeder III. This was a great book for me since I moved to a church that fits the bill for what Reeder is talking about. I found this book to be biblical, humbling, encouraging, and very wise in many ways! 

6. The Conviction To Lead by Albert Mohler. Technically, I read this at the end of 2014, but since I didn't make a list then I decided to put it here. This is a great book, not just for leaders, but for everyone. Mohler's explanation of how conviction should drive us is excellent. Do you know your convictions? Do you act on them? Do your convictions motivate you? Do you know how they should? Read this book! 

 

Honorable mentions: "New Testament Theology" by Tom Schreiner; "One-To-One Bible Reading" by David Helm; "Walking With God Through Pain and Suffering" by Tim Keller; "How Sermons Work" by David Murray; "The New Pastor's Handbook" by Jason Helopolous; "The Secret Thoughts Of An Unlikely Convert" by Rosaria Butterfield.