Charles Spurgeon once said, “Visit many good books, but live in the Bible.” Readers certainly are leaders, but what you allow to influence you is vitally important to your life and ministry. In no particular order, I have listed the books that I have been privileged to read this year.
Greek for the Rest of Us by William Mounce. I never took Greek in Bible college. The idiom “It looks Greek to me” filled my mind with fear before I ever started to read the book. If you’re a beginner like I was and would like to learn Greek at the baby stage level, read this.
Basics of Biblical Greek by William Mounce. This is the next book you should read if you are going to learn Greek. Mounce’s approach to Greek is very easy compared to many approaches that are taught in the classroom. You want to get his grammar book and workbook.
New Testament Greek for Beginners by J. Gresham Machen. He was a fighting fundamentalist of his day. Machen’s book has been the standard Greek textbook for almost 100 years.
Getting to No: How to Break a Stubborn Habit by Erwin Lutzer. If you are a preacher, this is a great book to use as a series. I found some good thoughts in each chapter that have helped my personal life.
Is This the End? By David Jeremiah. The first half of the book is about the future of America and the latter half of the book is about prophetical events in Scripture.
Take it Personally by Paul Chappell. Another fine book put out by Striving Together Publications.
Forward in the Face of Fear by Edgar Feghaly. Inspiring missionary story from beginning to end! The author shares his religious upbringing and cultural background in his homeland of Lebanon. It is a detailed account of how God providentially guided his life each step of the way. Sometimes people read a biography about a missionary from the past and think, “Can God do that in my lifetime?” Fortunately, this author’s experience of answered prayers, souls saved, and churches planted answers yes to that question. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to any reader.
How to Study the Bible for Yourself by Tim Lehaye. As the title suggests, the book provides a practical approach to understand God’s holy book.
Basics of Biblical Hebrew 2nd Edition by Gary Practico and Miles Van Pelt. So far I have gone through 1/3 of the book and it has been a joy to learn the language of the Old Testament. Make sure you buy the Grammar book and Workbook.