Russ’ Favorite Reads of 2009

The Gospel and Personal Evangelism by Mark Dever

Mark Dever has gone a long way with this short work to remedying the lack of a quality work on evangelism and the gospel. Dever’s writing is clear and concise, which is one of the many strengths of this work. Because he is able to communicate in an easy to understand way he has allowed this book to be truly useful to the layperson as well as the pastor. This brief but meaty work will serve the church well for years to come. The section on what evangelism is and is not was worth the price of the book alone.

Pilgrim’s Progress By John Bunyan

This book is second to the bible in total sold and read for a reason; it’s just that good. I have found myself thinking on the scenes from this book often over the last few months. What Bunyan does is writes a powerful allegory for the Christian Life. If you only read one puritan work your whole life read this one.

The Cold War; a New History by John Lewis Gaddis

Gaddis is one of the world’s top Cold War scholars and he has hit a home run with this book. This is historical writing at its best; reads like fiction, factually correct, attention to the RIGHT details, understanding of the larger context. I found myself plotting out ways to find more time to read this book. You feel as though you are there, watching these events play out. Even though you know how things will turn out, you are in a state of suspense.

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