My Top 25 Christian Books of 2008

Well, here it is–my list of the top 25 Christian books of 2008.  Because of the size of the list, I will not make any annotations.  There are others, for sure, that are noteworthy, but were I to condense the best books published in 2008 to a list of 25, this is what I come up with.  Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.

1.  Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel of the American Church by Michael Horton
2.  Reformed Dogmatics, vol. 4: Holy Spirit, Church, and New Creation by Herman Bavinck
3.  Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling by Andy Crouch
4.  What Is a Healthy Church Member? by Thabiti Anyabwile
5.  The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller
6.  New Testament Theology: Magnifying God in Christ by Thomas Schreiner
7.  The Courage to Be Protestant: Truth-lovers, Marketers, and Emergents in the Postmodern World by David Wells
8.  A Theological Guide to Calvin’s Institutes: Essays and Analysis by David W. Hall and Peter Lillback, eds.
9.  Total Church: A Radical Reshaping Around Gospel and Community by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis
10.  Jesus Made in America: A Cultural History from the Puritans to the Passion of the Christ by Stephen Nichols
11.  Unpacking Forgiveness: Biblical Answers for Complex Questions and Deep Wounds by Chris Brauns
12.  The Prodigal God: Recovering the heart of the Christian Faith by Tim Keller
13.  John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine, & Doxology by Burk Parsons (ed.)
14.  Heirs with Christ: The Puritans on Adoption by Joel Beeke
15.  Instructing a Child’s Heart by Tedd and Margy Tripp
16.  We Become What We Worship: A Biblical Theology of Idolatry by G.K. Beale
17.  Faith Comes by Hearing: A Response to Inclusivism by Christopher Morgan and Robert Peterson (eds.)
18.  Living for God’s Glory: An Introduction to Calvinism by Joel Beeke (ed.)
19.  Death by Love: Letters from the Cross by Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears
20.  Why We’re Not Emergent (By Two Guys Who Should Be) by Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck
21.  Young, Restless, Reformed: A Journalist’s Journey with the New Calvinists by Collin Hansen
22.  Father, Son, and Spirit: The Trinity and John’s Gospel by Andreas Kostenberger
23.  Whiter Than Snow: Meditations on Sin and Mercy by Paul Tripp
24.  Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God by Bob Kauflin
25.  Saved by Grace: The Holy Spirit’s Work in Calling and Regeneration by Herman Bavinck

Here’s to a great year of excellent books in 2009!

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12 Comments on “My Top 25 Christian Books of 2008”

  1. Nice list!

    I’m going to be ordering Total Church for Don’t know how we missed that one.

  2. ChrisB Says:

    I’m surprised to see Reason for God on everyone’s top books list. I thought it was rather poorly written. A little editing could have made this a good book.

  3. johnMark Says:


    That list looks pretty good. There are a few I’d like to pick up. I did enjoy Total Church and am enjoying Christless Christianity and The Courage to Be Protestant as I go. My wife got me a great 4 volume gift that will take some time to go through.

    I am interested in 365 Day with Calvin too.


  4. Douglas K. Adu-Boahen Says:

    The Emergent one has been a regular re-read this year as well as Dr. Wells’ book.

  5. Jim Powell Says:

    Is the same group of books being offered for 2009 at the same listed price of $65.00?

  6. Jim,

    I don’t know. I will have to check with RHB to see if they are keeping the sale going. If I hear something, I will let you know.

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  10. David Hammer Says:

    Great list! How could you read all these books, plus the puritan challenge?! Amazing.

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  12. Jackie Says:

    Thanks for the interesting list, would also like to recommend Dr. Gary Chapman’s book “Love is a Verb”, beautiful book with inspiring true stories.

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