Someone recently asked me for recommendations for summer reading. I decided to post my response. If I had to select the top favorite books I've read in the last five years, the list would include the following:
1. Dever, Mark. The Message of the New Testament. Wheaton : Crossway, 2005.
This book is the best summary of genuine biblical Christianity that I know of. Whether you agree with the book or not, at least you will understand what true, biblical Christianity is all about.
2. Levin, Mark. Liberty and Tyranny; A conservative manifesto. New York : Threshold, 2009.
I wish it were in my power to make reading this book a mandatory condition for voting. Whether you agree with the book or not, at least you will understand what political conservatism is all about.
3. Evans, Craig. Fabricating Jesus. Wheaton, IL : IVP, 2006.
Outstanding treatment of the controversy surrounding Jesus and the Gospels, including discussion of the so-called "lost gospels" like the Gospels of Judas, The Gospel of Thomas and others.
4. Spencer, Robert. Religion of Peace? Why Christianity is and Islam isn’t. Washington DC : Regnery, 2007.
The title says it all and the argument is convincing to all but those who will not see.
5. Schroeder, Gerald L. The Hidden Face of God; How science reveals the ultimate truth. New York : Free Press, 2001.
The author is the MIT scientist who convinced world-renowned atheist, Anthony Flew to conclude that atheism is not a scientifically viable option.
Honorable mention would include:
Sowell, Thomas. Economic Facts and Fallacies. New York : Basic Books, 2008.
Dembski, William A. The Design Revolution; Answering the toughest questions about intelligent design. Downers Grove, IL : IVP, 2004.
Coulter, Ann. Godless. The Church of Liberalism. New York : Crown Forum, 2006.
Kupelian, David. The Marketing of Evil. Nashville : WND Books, 2005
Bock, Darrell. Breaking the Da Vinci Code. Nashville : Thomas Nelson, 2004.
--. The Missing Gospels. Nashville : Thomas Nelson, 2006
Bock, Darrell and Daniel Wallace. Dethroning Jesus; Exposing popular culture’s quest to unseat the biblical Christ. Nashville, TN : Thomas Nelson, 2007.
Dunn, James. Jesus’ Remembered. Grand Rapids : Eerdmans, 2003.
Eddy, Paul Rhodes and Gregory Boyd. The Jesus Legend; a Case for the Historical Reliability of the Synoptic Jesus Tradition. Grand Rapids : Baker, 2007.
Habermas, Gary R. and Michael R. Licona. The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus. Grand Rapids : Kregel, 2004.
Van Voorst, Robert E. Jesus Outside the New Testament. Grand Rapids : Eerdmans, 2000.
Wright, N.T. The Resurrection of the Son of God. Minneapolis : Fortress Press, 2003.
Woods, Thomas, Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, Washington DC : Regnery, 2004.
Sowell, Thomas. Basic Economics. 3rd ed. New York : Basic Books, 2007 (627 p.)
Dembski, William and Jonathan Wells. The Design of Life. Foundation for Thought and Ethics, 2008.
Moreland, J.P. and William Lane Craig. Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview. Downers Grove, IL : Intervarsity Press, 2003.
LAW/POLITICS/SOCIAL ISSUES/CULTURE WARS
Gutzman, Kevin. The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution. Washington DC : Regnery, 2007
Levin, Mark, R. Men in Black. Washington, DC : Regnery, 2005.
Sears, Alan and Craig Osten. The ACLU vs. America; Exposing the agenda to redefine moral values. Nashville : Broadman & Holman, 2005.
Gabriel, Mark. Islam and Terrorism; What the Quran really teaches about Christianity, violence and the goals of the Islamic Jihad. Lake Mary, FL: Charisma House, 2002.
Gartenstein-Ross, Daveed. My Year Inside Radical Islam. New York : Penguin, 2007.
Ibn Ishaq. The Life of Muhammad. New York : Oxford University Press, 1955, 2006 (The earliest biography of Muhammad, originally written about AD 760).
O’ren, Michael B. Power, Faith, and Fantasy; America in the Middle East 1776 to the Present. New York : Norton, 2007.
Sieff, Martin. The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Middle East. Washington DC : Regnery, 2008.
Spencer, Robert. Islam Unvelied; Disturbing questions about the world’s fastest growing faith. New York : Encounter Books, 2002.
--. A Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam. Washington DC : Regnery, 2005.
--. The Truth about Muhammad. Washington, DC : Regnery, 2006.
Wright, Lawrence. The Looming Tower; Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11. New York : Vintage Books, 2007.