Of the publishing of books, there is no end. And for book lovers, that is not a bad thing! However, there is nothing like the disappoint in putting time and energy into a book only to put it down in disappointment. So in an effort to help you kick off 2012 with a pile of good books to read, here are a few of my favorites from 2011 that would benefit the body at Five Points.

Give Them Grace by Elyse Fitzpatrick & Jessica Thompson ~ Wonderful help here for those who are raising children or for those about to. Definitely one of the best parenting books I’ve ever read.

The Deep Things of God by Fred Sanders ~ The Trinity is widely believed by evangelicals, but “rarely is it fully understood or celebrated.” And with a subtitle like “How The Trinity Changes Everything”, you may think you’re about to be disappointed. You won’t be. If you own a Kindle, there is no excuse to not have it for only $2.99!

Union With Christ by Robert Letham ~ If the Trinity is largely assumed and rarely understood, then the doctrine of union with Christ is a close second. At 140 pages, it serves as a tremendous introduction, but doesn’t waste one inch of those 140 pages. It may not look like much, but a rich feast awaits for the reader.

The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller ~ There are a number of biblical, helpful and excellent marriage resources for the evangelical, reformed couple. This is one of the best.

King’s Cross by Tim Keller ~ A provoking journey through the Gospel of Mark. In the preface Keller writes: “Mark wants us to see that the coming of Jesus calls for decisive action… Therefore we need to respond actively. We can’t remain neutral. We may not sit and reflect and find excuses for not changing our lives now.”

A New Testament Biblical Theology by Greg Beale ~ Still working through this one, but it is oustading! Coming in at 1072 pages, it is not for the faint of heart, but well worth the work!

Gospel Wakefulness by Jared Wilson ~ You might believe the gospel, but do you find yourself rejoicing in it daily? Wilson will help you approach the gospel afresh and see how it renews our affections for our glorious Savior.

Jesus + Nothing = Everything by Tullian Tchividjian ~ One of the better “gospel” books that was published in 2011. Tullian writes as a pastor and calls Christians to reorient their lives around the gospel.

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