October 2017: Recommended Books (Non Fiction)

For the past few weeks, I have been on a non-fiction reading spree. I’ve been sorting through my books and figuring out what I’ll be leaving at home, bringing to the new house after the wedding, and putting away the ones I plan to sell. I found a few books that are definitely worth recommending.

Most of these are Christian books and pertain mostly to Christian living. For those who aren’t interested in this type of reading, I’m also currently in the process of whipping up a list of recommended fiction novels.

The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller

This has to be at the top of the list because it has been the most helpful book for me in this season. I first read this in 2014. At the time, I was merely facing the possibility of getting married. Now I am facing the reality since I am five months away from getting married. It has been very helpful in managing my expectations and I recommend this to any Christian, whether you’re single, dating, engaged, or already married. It doesn’t only give a picture of what Biblical marriage should be, but it also effectively shows the parallel between the gospel and marriage.

Twelve Ordinary Men by John MacArthur

This book gives you fresh insight on Jesus’ original twelve disciples. I found this very refreshing and fascinating. After all, we know a lot about Peter and the author of four gospels, but the other disciples are often overlooked. It was great to be able to learn from the other disciples’ lives as well.

The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges

This is perfect for anyone who has always seen holiness as an intimidating pursuit. It certainly is intimidating but it’s an essential part of the life of a believer. This book gives a new perspective on the journey to holiness.

The Accidental Pharisees by Larry Osborne

We’ve all encountered overzealous faith. Perhaps we’ve been overzealous and legalistic toward other people. This book talks about the dangers of overzealous faith and how to avoid them.