Opinions on These Books

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Taylor Sexton

Puritan Board Junior
As far as I know, Colin Smith is solid, and a good preacher in the Chicago area (right down the road from the church I went to in Arlington Heigts when I lived in the suburbs, in fact). My homiletics professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, whom I highly respect, went to his church and spoke highly of him.

David Platt is, in my opinion, an obnoxious preacher, but I have no idea about his books. Could be good; I don’t know.

The book by Mohler, Denver, et al., I’m sure is good. They are all great preachers and Calvinistic in soteriology.

The other three, on the bottom, I know nothing about.
 

C. M. Sheffield

Puritan Board Senior
Can you expand on why these are no bueno?
You only gave two options. I assumed you were asking if you should keep them or perhaps literally throw them in the trash. I have nothing against any of the books or authors but they seem to me like garden variety evangelical fare... Meh. Other reasons include the fact that the authors are living and many of them are young. I like my authors old and dead. You know like...

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C. M. Sheffield

Puritan Board Senior
I recently had to move my study. That involved me getting rid a number of books that, while not bad, I knew I didn't need and would likely never turn to again. They were books like the ones above. The Real estate on my shelves is precious and and at this point in my ministry, I'm trying to maintain a library that is smaller, but also made up of the best books by the best men and those that have proven to be the most useful to me over the years. I kind of did the whole Marie Kondo thing... if the book didn't bring me joy, I got rid of it. Except I still have waaay more than thirty books.
 

Charles Johnson

Puritan Board Freshman
I've only read one book by Platt, Radical, which would best be described as a guilt-trip about how you, the reader could and should be doing more to fund missions and sit in less comfortable chairs because people are going to hell somewhere, all of which leaves very little room for Christian freedom. Overall, I find extra-biblically binding the consciences of believers to be a less-than-ideal way of promoting missions.
 
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