Pastor Matt’s Best Books of 2014 (So Far)

by Matt Rawlings

Hello.  My name is Matt and I am a book addict.  I read whenever I can and I don’t understand those who don’t.  Oh, sure you may have your fancy “friends” and “social life” but what’s that worth?

Anyway, it is halfway through 2014 already (ugh! Does someone have a Delorean with a  flux capacitor I can borrow).  So here are my five favorite books of the year so far and the others I have read in the hopes that it helps you spend your time and money wisely.  Blessings,

The Five Best Books of the Year so Far:

Let’s start with Contradict: They Can’t All Be True by Andy Wrasman (WestBow Press 2014) who has done as well as anyone in presenting the exclusive nature of truth.  Be sure to visit Andy’s webpage and pick up one of his bumper stickers and other cool stuff.

You will also do yourself a favor by reading Joy for the World: How Christianity Lost Its Cultural Influence and Can Begin Rebuilding It by Greg Forster (Crossway 2014).  It is insightful, well-written and has a simple but powerful premise–Christians need to engage the culture from a Gospel centered; Spirit-filled joy!  A fine book.

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Speaking of the good folks at Crossway, you will not find a handier or more creative tool for discipleship than What’s Your Worldview?: An Interactive Approach to Life’s Big Questions by James N. Anderson (Crossway 2014).  Professor Anderson has constructed a “choose your own adventure” style work to help seekers and believers uncover their worldview and analyze whether it coheres with the Christian faith.  Every pastor and committed evangelist should have several copies of this book on hand.

I am attending Houston Baptist University in the fall to earn an master’s in apologetics and, as such, have been re-reading a lot of C.S. Lewis as HBU looks like it wants to be Narnia in Texas.  Along with the original material, I am so thankful for all the great work professor Alister McGrath published last year on Lewis with his fine bio and insightful analysis of the Oxford Don’s intellectual context.  Now he has added  If I Had Lunch with C. S. Lewis: Exploring the Ideas of C. S. Lewis on the Meaning of Life (Tyndale 2014).  This little gem is as good a popular introduction to Lewis as has or probably ever will be written.

My favorite book of the year so far is…


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