Seven Favorite Christian Books of 2018

As we move into a new year, I thought I might share seven Christian books I really appreciated in 2018.

  1. Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible, by E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien Many useful insights (and a few not-quite-as-useful) on how understanding cultural contexts can improve the way we read our Bibles.
  2. A Blossom in the Desert: Reflections of Faith in the Art and Writings of Lilias Trotter, by Miriam Huffman Rockness. A talented artist leaves Britain and spends her life as a missionary in North Africa.  This book is full of Trotter’s watercolor paintings from the North African desert and a few devotional insights from her journal.
  3. Descriptions and Prescriptions: A Biblical Perspective on Diagnoses and Medications, by Michael Emlet. Wise Christian guidance into how to evaluate psychiatric diagnoses and whether to use psychoactive medications.  See my short review.
  4. Henry Martyn: Confessor of the Faith, by Constance Padwick. A brilliant linguist gives his life to translate the Bible into Urdu and Persian and dies young.   (Note that this is an older book and a little harder to get…)
  5. Known by God: A Biblical Theology of Personal Identity, by Brian Rosner. Good, solid, biblical theology focused on the theme of God knowing his people.
  6. A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World, by Paul E. Miller. One of the best books on prayer I’ve ever read.  Eminently practical.
  7. Awakening the Evangelical Mind: An Intellectual History of the Neo-Evangelical Movement by Owen Strachan. An analysis of how evangelicals struggled to reclaim some semblance of intellectual rigor following the fundamentalist-modernist controversy (with a special focus on Harold Ockenga).

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