Tim Challies

Tim Challies’ Books to Read

 

Tim Challies writes and reviews through his popular blog Challies.com.  He also serves as a pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Toronto, Ontario and is the co-founder of Cruciform Press where he has written three books.

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 14:48

Hidden in the Gospel

I have a simple rule with books by William Farley: If he writes it, I read it. The common element in all of his books is easy to spot: the gospel. Outrageous Mercy is a long look at the cross, Gospel-Powered Parenting is a personal favorite that describes the centrality of the gospel in parenting; Gospel-Powered Humility looks at the cardinal virtue of the Christian life and how we can have it through the power of the gospel. And now, in Hidden in the Gospel he teaches why you ought to preach the gospel to yourself every day. Even better, he models how to do it.

Tuesday, 02 September 2014 16:15

Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life

 

It is a question I often receive: What books do you recommend for new Christians? There is a short list of books I would love for every Christian to read shortly after they put their faith in Christ: Jerry Bridge’s The Discipline of Grace and R.C. Sproul’s The Holiness of God, to name just a couple. Another one I recommend widely is Donald Whitney’s Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life. First published in 1991, the book has finally been expanded and updated in a second edition. It is better than ever.

 

Friday, 01 August 2014 12:47

Samson and the Pirate Monks

 

It starts like this: “My name is Nate, but you can call me Samson. That’s the code name my friends have given me, and for reasons you’ll eventually understand, I’ve given the same symbolic name to each of them. We are the Samson Society.” It’s an intriguing start to the book Samson and the Pirate Monks and I, for one, wanted to know more.

 

Tuesday, 01 July 2014 07:54

One to One Bible Reading by David Helm

 

There is something to be said for evangelism strategies and discipleship programs. My guess is that most churches have some way to introduce unbelievers to the Christian faith and to mature those who are new to the faith. I would guess as well that most churches keep an eye on the various new offerings, looking for what is original, what is interesting, what promises results. But what if we’ve made it all too complicated? What if both evangelism and discipleship can be as simple as reading the Bible?

 

Monday, 02 June 2014 16:40

Hope Beyond Cure by David McDonald

It began with two devastating words: “tumor” and “incurable.” If they are not words you have ever heard, they are probably words heard by someone near you, someone you love or loved. They were words David McDonald heard as well.

Thursday, 01 May 2014 14:55

True Beauty

 

Over the past few years I have found myself thinking often about beauty. I suppose my interest in the subject may relate to the fact that I am the father of two girls. Though they are still young, they are already being exposed to so many messages about the importance of beauty and the kind of beauty society expects from them. They already know they will be judged on the basis of it. For this reason I want to equip them with a knowledge of what the Bible says about beauty. But what does it say? What should I be teaching them?

 

Thursday, 03 April 2014 15:59

An Infinite Journey

 

Now this is a good book. A really good book. It is exactly the kind of book a reviewer loves to discover: A title from a minor publisher that arrives with little fanfare and completely blows him away. And that is what I found in An Infinite Journey: Growing Toward Christlikeness by Andrew Davis.

 

Monday, 03 March 2014 13:51

Killing Jesus

First Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard teamed up to write a book about Killing Lincoln and it sold more than a million copies. They followed it up with Killing Kennedy and it sold briskly as well. And now they turn their attention to their greatest subject: Jesus of Nazareth. Killing Jesus: A History is a short biography of Jesus, focusing on the events leading to his death.

Wednesday, 05 February 2014 14:56

The Daniel Plan

Rick Warren is one of the bestselling Christian authors of our time. While he has written too few books to compete with the likes of Max Lucado for the greatest number of books sold, the few books he has written have uniformly made their way to the bestseller lists. I have often wondered about why Warren’s books are so successful and here is what I understand as a key factor: He does not simply write books; he creates programs. His books reflect a mountain of ambition. Rick Warren’s latest book is titled The Daniel Plan and, like its predecessors (The Purpose Driven Life/The Purpose Driven Church), it is part of a much wider program—a program meant to revolutionize the lives of those who participate in it. (Do note that this is notThe Daniel Diet. Warren does not take the description of Daniel’s diet and make it prescriptive as others have done.)

 

Thursday, 02 January 2014 16:07

What is the Meaning of Sex?

Sex. It’s a constant topic today, isn’t it? Whether you read entirely within Christian media, entirely outside of it, or a bit of both, you can hardly avoid the topic. And if it’s not sex itself, it’s one of the related topics—homosexuality or abortion or marriage. There are few areas where we find such debate and few areas that have greater impact on life, family and church.

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