Another round of most influential books

A good pastor friend of mine, Andy White, responded to my post about the books that have been most influential in my life with a list of books that been most influential to him.  With his permission, I am posting his list.

Reforming Marriage (Douglas Wilson) – My wife and I read this together
before we were married and have consulted it since.  It helped us to
discuss and gain a biblical perspective on a host of issues related to
marriage.  This book helped prepare a solid foundation for our
marriage, which benefits us to this day.

God Gave Wine (Ken Gentry) – The thesis of this book is simple: the
Bible does not forbid or discourage the moderate use of alcohol, but
rather, sees wine as a blessing from God for our enjoyment.  It might
seem strange that this would be high on my list, but I assure you it
is not because I am a winebibber or a drunkard.  The benefit I gained
from this book was in the broader themes that this issue touches upon.
Firstly, that God has bountifully blessed our lives with a multitude
of good things.  God is not opposed to our enjoyment of life, but
gives so many good gifts to enrich our lives, including food and
drink.  And secondly, that we are not permitted to add to God’s
commandments or be stricter than the scriptures and impose that on
other people.  Gentry does a good job dealing with the issue of
Christian liberty.  Gentry makes clear that the Bible is steadfast in
opposing and condemning drunkenness.  But not the enjoyment of wine
and other alcohol when done in moderation.

Knowing God (J.I. Packer) – It’s been a while since I read this book,
but I remember reading it with great excitement and enthusiasm as it
unfolded the character and attributes of God as revealed to us in the
Bible.

The Sovereignty of God (Arthur W. Pink) – Who’s in control of this
world, God or the Devil?  This is one of the over-arching questions
answered in this book.  Pink pulls no punches in showing how God is
sovereign over all spheres of existence, whether it be creation,
salvation, or any other thing.  He also does a good job distinguishing
God’s sovereignty over his own good works and his sovereignty over the
sinful acts of man.  He describes God’s sovereignty over the righteous
in terms of words like: quickening, energizing, directing, and
preserving, while he describes God’s sovereignty over the wicked in
terms of words like: restraining, preventing, softening, and
hardening.

Repentance in the Pulpit and in the Pew (Michael Ivey) – The title
pretty much says it.  This book is about repentance.  It is about the
importance of repentance, especially in leaders of God’s people.  I
found this book convicting and instructive.

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