I love to read and have read about 45 books so far this year. I chose my annual top books of 2015 based on the following criteria:
• Highlights and notes in the book
• Loaned or recommended to others
• Conversations about it
• Life applications
Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald Whitney
This thought provoking and actionable book focuses on the practices found in Scripture to promote spiritual growth (Whitney, 4). Whitney biblically examines ten disciplines: Bible intake, prayer, worship, evangelism, serving, stewardship, fasting, silence, solitude, journaling, and learning. I have read the book twice and will reread many times in coming years. Read Tim Challies’ review (http://www.challies.com/book-reviews/spiritual-disciplines-for-the-christian-life) for additional book information.
Moore, the president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, thoroughly and thoughtfully analyzes our 21st American culture and details how Christians are to respond to it. The church is not to be walled up from the broader culture, but engage in and speak to it with a distinctive message of the Gospel and biblical truth.
As a media scholar from MIT, Turkle investigates the impact of constant connectedness and our digital devices, resulting in a flight from conversation and undermining our relationships, creativity, and productivity- and arguing that reclaiming face-to-face conversation can help us regain lost ground. While not written from a biblical worldview, the direct personal and ministry/discipleship applications are profound.
Becoming Worldly Saints: Can You Serve Jesus and Still Enjoy Your Life? by Michael Wittmer
I’m an Apple fan and enjoyed this fascinating authorized biography on the company’s founder, president, and chief innovator for many years. Jobs was a creative genius but a miserable person. He built an Apple kingdom in life but died apart from Jesus Christ in his sin.