Top 7 Books Reviewed in 2017

I love books! I gladly identify as a bibliophile and a bookworm. When I get the opportunity to receive a good book for free to review, I take it. When a new resource releases, I consider purchasing it. This year has been filled with receiving free books and purchasing new books. Therefore, I wanted to highlight the top 7 books of the year from the blog. While I could share a long book list of this year in review, I’ve chosen to limit it to the books which have been released this year, reviewed, and featured on the site. These top 7 books have been ranked, with #1 being the favorite of the year. So, without further ado here are Entrusted By God’s top 7 books reviewed in 2017:

7. Descriptions and Prescriptions: A Biblical Perspective on Psychiatric Diagnoses and Medications by Michael R. Emlet

This book is a foundational resource for helpers in the church who desire to care for those they love. Whether you are a pastor, counselor, or lay leader, this book will begin to help you think through these categories. You may not concur on all of Dr. Emlet’s conclusions but this concise book will challenge you to think through them and to join in this much-needed conversation in biblical counseling.

6. The Child Safeguarding Policy Guide for Churches and Ministries by Basyle Tchividjian and Shira M Berkovits

This book is an unfortunate resource our churches and ministries need. This guide trains churches and ministries to protect from, prevent against, and rightly respond to child sexual abuse. The greatest asset this book offers is it empowers churches and ministries to form and customize their own child protection policy. [The church where I, Theron, serve as an associate pastor is using this resource to walk us through creating and implementing such a policy!]

5. A Small Book About A Big Problem: Meditations on Anger, Patience, and Peace by Edward T. Welch

This book lives up to its title. Dr. Welch performs a thorough work in these 50 short daily meditations as he examines the problem, exposing each one’s heart and encouraging transformation in the gospel. Welch’s book is for anyone who knows they have an anger problem and for anyone who believes they don’t but really do!

4. Counseling Under the Cross: How Martin Luther Applied the Gospel to Daily Life by Bob Kellemen

A unique and oft-neglected take on Luther, Kellemen’s book offers a timely resource for any biblical counselor who desires to let Scripture reform their life, ministry, and counseling. In this well-researched, easy-to-follow book, the Christian will be encouraged by Martin Luther’s compassionate heart and gospel-centered approach to pastoral counseling.

3. Forensic Faith: A Homicide Detective Makes the Case for a More Reasonable, Evidential Christian Faith by J. Warner Wallace

Detective Wallace goes beyond teaching; he trains and equips the Christian to be a case maker for the faith. He shows the Christian faith is not accidental belief but evidential belief. If you are a believer who desires to see people know the hope of Christ, then getting equipped in Forensic Faith by J. Warner Wallace is for you. If you are a curious skeptic to the Christian faith, allow J. Warner Wallace to walk you through the steps revealing the Christian faith as an evidential faith.

2. This Changes Everything: How The Gospel Transforms the Teen Years by Jaquelle Crowe

If you are a teenager who claims to be a Jesus-follower, then you need this book. If you know a teenager, then tell them about this book. If you desire for teenagers to know Jesus, then buy them this book. For parents and youth leaders, consider purchasing a copy for yourself as well and reading through the book together. Jaquelle’s work is a must-read for teenagers and those who care for teenagers.

1. She’s Got The Wrong Guy: Why Smart Women Settle by Deepak Reju

She’s Got the Wrong Guy does not merely warn single Christian women about who not to marry; it counsels ladies to look to Jesus in trust and as their treasure while they worship Him and wait for what He may have in store. To all single Christian women who want to follow the wisdom of God’s word in waiting and dating, grab this book!

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