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Book Log: September 2013

I’ve decided to start posting a monthly book log with brief description on each book I read that month. My motivations are twofold. One is as a record for myself. This is very bad, but sometimes when I’m asked what books I recently read it takes me considerable effort to remember; and sometimes I can’t remember all the titles. These logs will help me remember and track my reading by month. The other motivation is that it might help others choose which books to read. We can’t all be like Carson, Mohler, Challies and read a book a day. Those of who read slower must be much more selective about what we choose to read, for we won’t be able to read nearly as many books. I hope these logs will be a helpful aid for others in choosing what to read.

  1. Blood Work – Anthony Carter. This short book is a great primer on the atonement, giving a great overview of all that Christ’s death accomplished for us.
  2. The Joy of Calvinism – Greg Forster. This book is unique in its niche because it is not a theological book (in the technical sense), but rather, a devotional one. Instead of getting bogged down in details and theological analyses, this book shows why Calvinism should produce joy. For those of us familiar with the doctrines in our heads, this book can awaken fresh affections in our hearts. Calvinists should be the most joyful people, and Forster helps us along the way.
  3. Crazy Busy – Kevin DeYoung. At just over 100 pages, this is a book that the crazy busy can read. The book is mostly diagnostic, but even in the midst of telling us that we’re too busy and explaining the damages on our souls, there are many helpful insights. The final chapter, “The One Thing You Must Do”, is a familiar but important reminder. For my mercilessly long review of DeYoung’s mercifully short book, click here.
  4. Faith, Form, and Time – Kurt Wise. This is a rare book in the world of Christian origins literature. Most are either written by renowned academics who have compromised on Scripture and the gospel, or by non-academics who hold to correct views of Scripture and the gospel. Kurt Wise is a renowned academic (Ph.D. from Harvard under Stephen Jay Gould) who believes that Scripture is the inspired Word of God and is our epistemological foundation. In relation to science, this guy knows what he is talking about. And in relation to Scripture, he realizes that the Bible needs to be our epistemological foundation. From that foundation, he fuses observations from the natural world with the first few chapters of Genesis and presents a compelling case for Young-Earth Creationism.
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