I cannot take complete credit for Josh’s Christmas gifts this year. Thanks to The Gospel Coalition and Amazon recommendations, these three books will grace his bookshelf and our lives as the weight of their content is read.
Five Points Towards A Deeper Experience of God’s Grace by John Piper.
In an excerpt from the book, Piper states that he is not first a Calvinist defending a system; rather, he is a believer wanting to elevate the Bible above other systems. Throughout our years as Calvinists, Josh and I have found John Piper’s explanations of grace, biblical exegesis, and grounding in sound Church history to be most enlightening. This book is also offered as free PDF (which I’m sure I will get to experience on the iPad because Josh is picky with his books!)
From Heaven He Came and Sought Her: Definite Atonement in Historical, Biblical, Theological, and Pastoral Perspective collaborated by a slew of our favorite modern day theologians: John Piper, J.I. Packer, Sinclair Ferguson to name a few.
I’m probably most excited for Josh to delve deep into this one. In our premarital dating days, limited atonement was something we both wanted to grasp and know what each other truly believed about it – I was actually nervous about marrying Josh before having our initial conversation on the atonement because it is so important to me. This book has been a six-year work in progress and I am beyond excited to read it after Josh gets his fill. Here’s the website that accompanies the book:
Systematic Theology: An Introduction To Christian Belief by John M. Frame. The Gospel Coalition introduced this book to me, and as I’ve read through systematic theology books in the past while getting my degree, this one seemed most fitting for Josh. He will begin seminary this semester to conclude his degree and Lord-willing start another, and I pray that this book can accompany his thoughts and prayers as he is given other required readings. Piper reviewed the book as portraying “a love for the gospel and the church” and Wayne Grudem followed with it being a “wonderfully clear, refreshingly insightful, profoundly biblical treatment of systematic theology.” (http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2013/11/05/john-frames-systematic-theology-50-off/)