Last week I wrote a post on creating a short list of gospel-centered books and then mastering the contents of those books. After some hard thinking, I’ve come up with my very short list of books to be mastered. Why am I sharing this list with you? Two reasons. First, I want to encourage you to buy and read at least one of these books. Your life will be changed. Second, I want to encourage you to come up with your own list. So without further ado:
The Gospel For Real Life – by Jerry Bridges
Herein lies the glory of the cross. Justice and mercy are reconciled; wrath and love are both given full expression – and all of this so that we might experience the unsearchable riches of Christ. What great humility this should produce in us: humility that we were the cause of our Savior’s unimaginable suffering, and gratitude that He so willingly and lovingly experienced God’s wrath that we might not suffer it ourselves.
Living the Cross Centered Life – by C.J. Mahaney
Reminding ourselves of the gospel is the most important daily habit we can establish. If the gospel is the most vital news in the world, and if salvation by grace is the defining truth of our existence, we should create ways to immerse ourselves in these truths every day. No days off allowed.
God is the Gospel – by John Piper
…if God is not treasured as the ultimate gift of the gospel, none of his gifts will be gospel, good news. And if God is treasured as the supremely valuable gift of the gospel, then all other lesser gifts will be enjoyed as well.
The Holiness of God – by R.C. Sproul
Death reminds us that we are creatures. Yet as fearsome as death is, it is nothing compared with meeting a holy God. When we encounter Him, the totality of our creatureliness breaks upon us and shatters the myth that we have believed about ourselves that we are demi-gods, junior-grade deities who will try to live forever.
The Power of the Cross of Christ – Charles Spurgeon
He bore the sinner’s sin, and He therefore had to be treated as though He were a sinner, though sinner He could never be. With His own full consent He suffered as though He had committed the transgressions that were laid on Him. Our sin, and His taking it upon Himself, is the answer to the question “Why hast thou forsaken me?”
I could add many more books to this list, but won’t for the sake of brevity. What books would you add to the list?
Now go out, buy one of these books, and master it.