Which Christian books should you consider reading in 2023?
For the past few years beginning in January, I’ve put together a list of Christian books set to release that particular year for you to consider reading. I’m doing that again this year. Below you’ll find the books. Although there are many other noteworthy Christian books to consider besides the ones you’ll find below, and although you may not be able to read every book in 2023, these are Christian books that I noticed that seem interesting to me and might also seem interesting to you.
In no particular order:
1. Timothy Keller: His Spiritual and Intellectual Formation by Collin Hansen
This is a highly anticipated book among those who love Tim Keller. Instead of a biography of Keller, this book reveals who and what shaped Keller into the person he is today. I suspect Christian leaders who lead in Reformed circles will want to consider reading this book.
2. A Praying Church: Becoming a People of Hope in a Discouraging World by Paul E. Miller
I loved Paul Miller’s book A Praying Life. It’s one of the most influential books I’ve ever read. Now he continues again with another book on prayer, but this time with an emphasis on the local church.
3. Reformed Theology by Jonathan Master
I love reading about all things related to Reformed theology. This book continues the Blessings of the Faith series, with titles already available on prayer, preaching, etc.
4. Susannah Spurgeon: Lessons for a Life of Joyful Eagerness in Christ by Mary K. Mohler
This is a biography on the wife of Charles Spurgeon from the wife of Al Mohler, for those of you who are looking for a biography to read in 2023.
5. The Holy Spirit by Robert Letham
Letham has written a book on the Trinity and has even written a systematic theology book. This is a book on the Holy Spirit. If you are looking to learn more about the Holy Spirit, consider this book.
6. The Shepherd’s Toolbox: Advancing Your Church’s Shepherding Ministry Timothy Z. Witmer
Pastoral ministry is not just about preaching but also about shepherding. Witmer shows how pastors can advance the shepherding in their church.
7. Five Lies of Our Anti-Christian Age by Rosaria Butterfield
Books that speak about our culture are needed because, whether we like it or not, the culture you live in shapes you. We need to know the lies of secular culture and replace them with biblical truth.
8. Shepherding the Pastor: Help for the Early Years of Ministry by Phil A. Newton and Rich C. Shadden
As a younger pastor myself, I’m thankful for a growing number of books aimed at younger pastors. We need the help of older, godly men to provide wise counsel for pastoring in the local church.
9. When God Seems Gone: Finding Hope When Nothing Makes Sense by Adam Mabry
Suffering is the mark of living in a fallen world. Where do you go when God feels absent? Do you run to Him or away from Him? This is a book for times that don’t make sense to us.
The social internet can do a lot of good, but also provides unique temptations to sin and can even hurt us if we’re not careful. We need books to help us learn how to navigate the social internet well.
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