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Pastor Blair’s Top Ten Books Read in 2017

As usual, my top ten tend to reflect my interests in history. I choose the ranking on how much the book influenced my thinking. If I have found myself still pondering and dialoguing with the content much later, I rank the book higher.  The reviews can be found in my earlier blog posts.

  1. Trueman, Carl R. Luther on the Christian Life. Wheaton: Crossway, 2011.


  1. Paretsky, Sara. Words, Works & Ways of Knowing: The Breakdown of Moral Philosophy in New England Before the Civil War. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016.


  1. Koessler, John. The Radical Pursuit of Rest: Escaping the Productivity Trap. Downers Grove: Intervarsity Press, 2016.


  1. Wannamaker, Charles. New International Greek Testament Commentary: Commentary on 1 & 2 Thessalonians. Eerdman’s Publishing, Grand Rapids, 1990.


  1. Chantry, Walter. Call the Sabbath a Delight. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1991.


  1. Asmus, Barry & Wayne Grudem. Poverty of Nations: A Sustainable Solution. Crossway, 2013.


  1. Murray, David. Reset: Living a Grace-Paced Life in a Burnout Culture. Wheaton: Crossway, 2017.


  1. Geiger, Eric and Kevin Peck. Designed to Lead: The Church and Leadership Development. Nashville: B& H Publishing, 2016.


  1. Emlet, Michael R. Descriptions and Prescriptions: A Biblical Perspective on Psychiatric Diagnoses and Medications. Greensboro: New Growth Press, 2017.


  1. Getty, Keith & Kristyn Getty. Sing! How Worship Transforms Your Life, Family and Church. Nashville: B&H Publishing, 2017.



Honorable Mentions: Hackett, Horatio. Illustrations of Scripture: Suggested by a Tour of the Holy Land. (1863), Wills, Gregory A. Southern Baptist Theological Seminary 1859-2009. (2009), Wentdorf, Rudolf. Paul Schnieder: Witness of Buchenwald. (translated by Daniel Blosch). (2008), & Cummings, Asa. A Memoir of the Rev. Edward Payson, D.D. (1829).