Top 15 Books of 2015

Tony Reinke

2015 marks my tenth year choosing the best books of the year, and it was the most difficult of them all. Non-fiction Christian book publishing churned out a daunting amount of very good new titles, more than I’ve ever seen.


Prepare Him Room

Jon Bloom
The season of Advent begins today. Advent — a season, so full of tradition, so full of memory, so full of legend. And a season so full, often over-full, bustling and bursting with the exhausting activity of keeping traditions, creating memories, and recalling legends.

Missions Is Worth the Mess

Sean DeMars
No one will write a book about us. People will not tell our story at mission conferences. We likely won’t be invited to go and share at churches or speak to future missionaries about the key to success in missions. We are going home and licking our wounds for the foreseeable future. Was it worth it?

Seven Sentimental Lies You Might Believe

Matt Reagan
Examine your assumptions. Our society carries hundreds of unquestioned assumptions, and we Christians ought to ask, astutely and often, “Who says? Does God say that? Is it biblical?” Here seven of the most egregiously assumed truth-claims in popular culture today, with a biblical check for each one.

Spread the Word for Christmas

DG Staff
Next to the Bible, perhaps the most enduringly valuable gifts you can give this Christmas are books soaked in God and his grace. Printed books wrap well, and can be life-changing and soul-saving, and more.

Bringing Back a Wandering Believer

John Piper
Some of the most heartbreaking moments in a Christian’s life are watching other believers wander away from the truth. In this lab, John Piper tackles a couple verses that help us understand a Christian’s identity and give us great hope in pursuing a wandering brother or sister in Christ.

A Joyful Cog in His Giant Plan

Chad Ashby
We are our own paparazzi. We’re constantly snapping pictures — posting what we made for lunch and chronicling our lives one selfie at a time. As we scroll through our social media feeds, read blogs, and observe each other’s lives, there is a temptation to envy the eventful, fast-paced lifestyle.

Eat with Those Who Weep

Nick Roen
I know what it is like to feel alone. I know what it is like to watch everyone else celebrate an endless number of special occasions with someone whose presence is simply assumed as absolute, while I scroll through my contacts trying to find a friend who isn’t “already busy.”

Justice Without Facts Is No Justice at All

Phillip Holmes
With a short video of Laquan McDonald’s death, more of the facts have finally been released in Chicago. In Minneapolis, with another black man dead and several more shot, we’re left waiting for more information. How should we respond to perceived injustice from those who should be enforcing justice?

What Comes After Thanksgiving?

Marshall Segal
Many Thanksgiving celebrations will express genuine gratitude and yet be offensive to God. Appreciation without affection and devotion makes God a tool or a machine to produce the things we really love. Instead, see your gratitude to God through to greater faith in him and greater love for him.