Fives Books That Would Make Good Gifts

4 Dec

So yesterday, I made a plug for my book as a gift option during the holiday season, but today, I want to point out five other books that would make great gifts, or even just good reads this winter:

Paradise Lost








1. Paradise Lost (John Milton)
“Of man’s first disobedience, and the fruit of that forbidden tree…” These are the opening lines of Milton’s classic work on the Fall of Man.  It’s one of the most beautiful texts I’ve ever read.  Many consider this to be one of the top 5 greatest books ever written and one of the most influential volumes of all time.

Christless Christianity Cover








2. Christless Christianity (Michael Horton)
Looking at various popular evangelicals, and their teachings, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Theology and Apologetics Michael Horton points out how they miss the Gospel, creating instead a new system of laws built on spiritual disciplines and experience.

The Gospel In Genesis









3. The Gospel In Genesis (D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones)
One of the best books I read last year, this collection of sermons from the late pastor, D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, helps bring clarity to the first twelve chapters of Genesis by pointing out our inherent sinfulness and rebellion against God, as well as grace of God most supremely presented in the person of Christ.

Note To Self









4. Note To Self (Joe Thorn)
This is a great book to read a devotional in the mornings, or with the family in the evenings.  Short, concise, and Biblical, Joe Thorn helps us to honestly assess our hearts and lives in light of the Gospel and God’s calling for us as His people.  I’ve really enjoyed going through this book with my wife at the dinner table.

Concise Theology








5. Concise Theology (J.I. Packer)
Finally, one of my favorite books of all time, J.I. Packer’s Concise Theology.  In this volume, Packer succinctly addresses many important Biblical-Theological terms/topics, from God and His attributes, to man and His depravity, Creation to the Second Coming, this book is a helpful introduction from a great teacher.


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