Top Five Practical books

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  1. benson83

    benson83 Puritan Board Freshman

    I'm looking for a few more practical books for my life. I already have enough reference, commentaries, and theological books.

    What would be your top 5 practical books written in the last 5 years?
  2. MLCOPE2

    MLCOPE2 Puritan Board Junior

    Desiring God, John Piper
    Knowing God, J.I. Packer
    The Peacemaker, Ken Sande
    Competent to Counsel, Jay Adams
    Twelve Ordinary Men, John MacArthur

    Not all written recently but they have been great helps in my life.
  3. Barnpreacher

    Barnpreacher Puritan Board Junior

    Mark Driscoll just wrote a new book called Death by Love. It was a very interesting book. Basically, it was his pastoral counsel to about 13 or 14 different individuals struggling with life issues. I found his counsel very theologically sound, wise and practical. It may be worth a read, especially to urban pastors.

    A few warnings. The book cover has an image of Jesus on it. Secondly, he is very frank and graphic in his detail of some of the issues that some of the people came to him with. Some of the issues made me sick to my stomach, but his counsel was excellent in my opinion.
  4. smhbbag

    smhbbag Puritan Board Senior

    I'm in a similar spot, but here's two you may enjoy:

    Blink by Malcolm Gladwell. It is a combination of a how-to book for various kinds of decision-making, and psychological theory. Very interesting read, and heavy on interesting anecdotes. It's a really light read, but can be very thought-provoking.

    I'm not a fan in all areas, but you might also like anything by Dave Ramsey or Clark Howard for practical financial books.
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  5. Southern Presbyterian

    Southern Presbyterian Puritan Board Doctor

  6. Grymir

    Grymir Puritan Board Graduate

  7. Barnpreacher

    Barnpreacher Puritan Board Junior

    Touche! It has an image of what someone perceived Jesus to look like.
  8. greenbaggins

    greenbaggins Administrator Staff Member

  9. Romans922

    Romans922 Puritan Board Professor

    No particular order (I'd put Ryle's and Owen's at the top though).

    1. Family Religion by Matthew Henry
    -100. Just Like Jesus by Max Lucado (oops, sorry wrong book...don't get that)
    2. A Remedy for Wandering Thoughts in Worship by Richard Steele
    3. Personal Declension and Revival of Religion in the Soul by Octavius Winslow
    4. Holiness by JC Ryle
    5. Mortification of Sin by John Owen
  10. Barnpreacher

    Barnpreacher Puritan Board Junior

    Last 5 years was the key to the OP.
  11. Southern Presbyterian

    Southern Presbyterian Puritan Board Doctor

    Yes. Then it must be a picture of "Jimmy the Shepherd". ;)
  12. PuritanCovenanter

    PuritanCovenanter Moderator Staff Member

    Here are my picks.....

    Thoughts for Young men by J.C. Ryle... Sin and Temptation (or the Mortification of Sin) By John Owen abridged and edited by James Houston... Knowing God by J. I. Packer.... The Holiness of God by R. C. Sproul..... The Doctrine of Repentance by Thomas Watson...

    I have many more recommendations.... but I use these in discipleship along with Essential Truths by Sproul and many Theological Biographies. I believe theological biographies are imperative to Christian Growth. They reveal lived out theology and its implications.

    One of the first biographies I read that totally edified me was Arnold Dallimore's two volume set on George Whitefield.
  13. smhbbag

    smhbbag Puritan Board Senior

    Here I was thinking that practical meant more like a beginner woodworking at home guide rather than practical appilcations of theological principles. Maybe I was the only one who misread the OP that way :)
  14. Marrow Man

    Marrow Man Drunk with Powder

    Yes, you're more likely getting what one of the Medicis looked like!

    I always find it humorous when I see book/pictures of "Daniel" in the den of lions, pictured as a teenager or twenty-something. According to Daniel 1, he was brought to Babylon as a young man early in the reign of Nebuchadnezzar. However, the events of Daniel 6 take place during the reign of Darius -- which would have been 50+ years later!

    Sorry for the :offtopic:!
  15. Heldveld

    Heldveld Puritan Board Freshman

    I haven't read enough practical books to have to narrow it down to 5. However, here are 3 that I benefited from. Not sure if all are in the last 5 years but the authors are all still alive at least.

    Shepherding a Child's Heart - Tedd Tripp (practical for parents)
    The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment - Tim Challis
    Striving Against Satan - Joel Beeke (mostly practical some theology)
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