“Shepherding a Child’s Heart” by Tedd Tripp was perhaps the first Christian parenting book to move away from teaching techniques and proverbial wisdom. Instead, Tripp—who has been followed in his approach to parenting by many other subsequent authors, goes to the heart of the matter. He asks the parent, again and again, to consider what will best help shape a youngster’s heart and the model is nothing less than the heart-transforming gospel of Jesus Christ. As parents follow a shepherding strategy that mirrors the gospel, parents don’t simply turn out “good kids,” but kids that are much more likely to be transformed by the gospel. Whether you are starting out as parents or somewhere further down the line, this book can be of immense benefit to you and your family.
“Let the Nations be Glad” has been a uniquely impactful book on the North American Church and particularly, the missionary endeavor since it was published more than 20 years ago. John Piper, drawing on years of Bible study as well as pastoring a church that has sent out hundreds of missionaries, has arguably written the most influential book on world missions to appear in the last century. Piper works to answer the question, “why send and support missionaries?” Piper takes us back to the Scriptures where he powerfully argues that world missions, like all ministry, is not fundamentally about people and what they need, but about God and his glory. He states and artfully develops the notion—we send out missionaries to create worshippers for God. This God-centered approach to missions has revolutionized many churches’ approach to missions. If you have any interest in this topic or if you would like to be interested in it, this book is for you!
“Nine Marks of a Healthy Church” was written about 15 years ago by Mark Dever and is rooted in his study of the Scripture as well as his experience and fruitful tenure as pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. Many books like this have been written, but Dever is more insightful, impassioned and more faithful to Scripture than many. If you want a quick tutorial on what Christ expects from his church and how to get there, this book will be a great encouragement to you. Dever treats such important marks of a healthy church-like, expository preaching, church government, church membership, discipline in the church and many others. This book would profit anyone in the local church. Those who read it will be much better fitted to help their own local church as they seek to minister within it.