If you know me at all, you’ll know that I enjoy reading deeply theological books. I enjoy geeking out on the massive systematic theology textbooks and academic commentaries. However, one of the things I enjoy most is reading a book that conveys deep theology in a simple way and that leads you to praise God at the same time. Some books you just can’t put down because they’re so good. Here are three books for you that I really REALLY enjoyed reading. They convey the deepest of theology in a simple way and they point you to the wonderful Saviour that we love and serve…
Warren Wiersbe (1929–2019) was a book machine! He was a well–known American pastor, Bible teacher, speaker and author. He wrote more than 150 books. I can’t imagine that the man did anything but write sermons and write books. I am so thankful that he did! I’ve read a lot of his stuff and have been helped hugely by his ministry. As you read these books you will meet a man who knew his Saviour. I highly recommend that you buy all three, you can get them here for £9.99, that’s almost £5 off the RRP!
There are many books written on the topic of prayer, some take a theological approach whilst others take an exegetical approach. What I love about this book is that it combines the two. In this short volume, Wiersbe unpacks Jesus’ Prayer often referred to as the ‘High Priestly prayer’ in John 17. But Wiersbe doesn’t just tell us about the details of the prayer, he unpacks why what Jesus prays is so marvellous.
In this little book you will be challenged about your own prayer life, encouraged by how Jesus prayed for you and brought to praise the Lord. This is a practical study of the themes of the Lord’s Prayer in Joh, but it’s also a huge challenge for us today. Here’s what Wiersbe says…
“The time has come for the church to get its priorities in order, and one of the best ways to do this is to find out what was important to Jesus Christ”
This book is a short and easy read that you’ll fly through, you could easily read it in a few hours. But the reflections not he truth that it expounds will continue for days, you’ll be challenged, encouraged and stretched but most importantly you will want to praise God.
The cross of Jesus is a moment that you can study your entire life and you’ll never bore of it. The cross of Christ is the place that the salvation of people became possible. The cross of Christ is the moment that every Christian should invest time in studying. You should start with this book!
This great book is split into four sections.
1. What Jesus saw in the cross
2. Why Jesus died on the cross
3. What Jesus said on the cross
4. How believers should live by the cross
In just under 200 pages, Wiersbe explains (as much as he can) the cross in the simplest of terms. There are very few books that I’ve read that can convey the seriousness, the severity, the splendour and the salvation that we find at the cross in such a way. The cross of Christ is not something that we’re only to remember at Easter time. If we really grasp what the cross is and what happened on that day, we would not be able to hold in our excitement for studying it more and more. When you finish this book, you’ll put it on the table and give a prayer of thankfulness because our Saviour died and has given his people life. Seriously, get this book!
What’s in a name? More than you might think!
In this great little book, Wiersbe takes you through 14 different names of Jesus in both the Old and the New Testament. Why would this be a good thing to read and study? Because the more we know about Jesus the better! One of the things that I like about this book is how practical it is. Wiersbe doesn’t just state facts and move on but he goes into how those truths should impact our lives, shape our worship of Jesus and help us grasp more of who he is.
This book would be a wonderful gift to give to a new Christian, to a mature Christian and to someone who is interested in the Christian faith, why? Because it puts Jesus centre stage and points the reader to see his majesty, glory, power and his entire person. I highly recommend you buy this whole series!