A Guided Tour to 2017’s Bestselling Christian Books

There are lots of ways to qualify what constitutes a “good” Christian book. We might consider the quality of the author’s writing, the originality of the author’s approach, or, most importantly, the faithfulness of the author’s use of Scripture. By those measures, we who speak English and read Christian books here in the twenty-first century are much blessed. We have countless thousands of books to turn to when we want to read something that will shape our lives and strengthen …

New and Notable Books – Three-Minute Thursdays #10

Welcome to another edition of 3 Minute Thursdays. Every year I get literally hundreds of books in the mail. That’s one of the perks of being a book reviewer. As they come in, I take a look at them, I put them in a big old stack right down here and then from time to time I take the big stack, I turn it into a little stack, so I can tell you about some of the new and notable …

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Deciphering the Covers of Christian Books

You’ve been told not to judge a book by its cover, right? I understand the sentiment, but we really can’t help ourselves. Covers contain crucial information both in their design and in their words. There is some information on a book’s cover that many people don’t know how to decipher. Let me tell you how to make sense of the information about authors, co-authors, editors, and contributors. “And” When you see the names of two authors separated by the word “and,” it …

Love Thy Body

It is always a big deal when Nancy Pearcey releases a new book. It’s a special pleasure when that release is timed for the beginning of a new year. Such is the case with Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life and Sexuality. In this new work she brings her unique voice to some of the most pressing moral issues of our day. “In Love Thy Body,” she promises, “we will move beyond click-bait headlines and trendy slogans to …

PTL: The Rise and Fall of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker’s Evangelical Empire

In 1974, Jim and Tammy Bakker founded a little television program they called The PTL Club. It began inauspiciously in a former furniture store, but by the mid-80s had exploded into a bona fide phenomenon and a ministry that reached around the globe. They traveled the world, dined with presidents, and gathered countless millions of followers. They became rich and powerful, owners of a massive 2,300-acre ministry center and theme park. They also became almost unbelievably corrupt. By 1987 it …

The Collected Best Christian Books of 2017

For the past couple of weeks my RSS feeder has been humming with list after list of the best books of 2017. It seems that just about every avid reader I follow is eager to share his or her picks for the year that was. I love these lists and decided I’d compile them to look for patterns and repeats. Here, then, are the collected best Christian books of 2017. Each one of these is from a blog or web …

New and Notable Books – Three-Minute Thursdays #7

If you’re a Christian and you love to read, this is a very, very good time to be alive. We’ve got Christian publishers just pouring out new books all the time. So many of them are excellent. Today, in this edition of Three-Minute Thursdays, I’m going to tell you about just six new and notable books that may be of interest to people like you.   Transcript If you’re a Christian and you love to read, this is a very, …

5 Most Ridiculous Books to Ever Become Christian Bestsellers

If you were to scan the lists of the best selling Christian books of all time you’d see some truly amazing books there. You’d see some books that have helped us better understand who God is and books that have instructed us. and how we as Christians can live lives of obedience to Him, and like you, I’m genuinely thankful for these books. Sadly though, you’d also see some truly flat-out awful books. Today I’ve narrowed down that list to …

Announcing a New Series of Booklets

I am excited to announce a new series of booklets based on popular blog series I’ve written. It also marks the start of a new effort called “Cruciform Quick.”  These booklets began as blog series I published right here, then received significant editing and, at times, had study guides added to them. More titles will be added to this lineup of booklets in the weeks ahead.  I hope they prove helpful to you in your Christian walk. The Character of …

The 2018 Christian Reading Challenge

Do you love to read? Do you want to learn to love to read? Do you enjoy reading books that cross the whole spectrum of topics and genres? Then I’ve got something that may be right up your alley—The 2018 Christian Reading Challenge. Whether you are a light reader or completely obsessed, this 2018 Christian Reading Challenge is designed to help you read more and to broaden the scope of your reading. How It Works The 2018 Christian Reading Challenge is …