Pastor Joe's Monthly Book Reviews

Each month, Pastor Joe will highlight a Christian book he’s read and recommend it to our FBC readers! We hope you’ll enjoy these recommendations!

Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan. 11/2022.

For 400 years, Christians have cherished this allegorical work by John Bunyan. The reason this story resonates with so many people is because it gives a wonderful account of the Christian’s journey.

In this book, the main character is a young man named Christian. Christian leaves his home in the City of Destruction and begins his long journey to the Celestial City. Throughout his adventures, he encounters several interesting characters such as Worldy Wiseman and Faithful. He is faced with many difficulties and temptations along the way. During his travels, he enters into the City of Vanity and encounters the Vanity Fair where self-love and pleasure abound.

If this is a new book to you or it’s been a while since you’ve read it, you’ll want to pick it up! You’ll be encouraged and convicted as you see yourself in the various characters mentioned.

Discipling by Mark Dever. 9/2022.

Although this book is small, the size does not take away from its rich content. The direct and concise way that Mark lays out the information is helpful and encouraging. He begins the book by giving a definition of discipling. He talks not only about the actual work of discipling but also some of the objections that are sometimes raised. This section is helpful in giving the reader a true biblical understanding of discipleship. Many people today want to be involved in discipling but have no idea what it really looks like.

From here, the author moves on to discuss where we should be in the business of discipleship. He also discusses the responsibility of the local church.

Lastly, Mark shows us how to disciple. This section gives some real practical information on how to choose someone to disciple and urges the importance of having clear goals in your discipleship.

This book will not leave you perplexed or wanting in the area of discipleship. Be sure to pick it up and begin your journey today!

The Heroic Boldness of Martin Luther by Steven J. Lawson. 8/2022.

500 years ago, there was a little known Bible professor at the University of Whittenberg, named Martin Luther. This one-time Augustinian friar challenged the Catholic Church and changed the face of history forever. On October 31, 1517, Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Whittenberg, thus beginning the Protestant Reformation.

Luther was a trailblazing Reformer with a boldness that is foreign to many of us. This book gives a short synopsis of Luther’s life focusing on that boldness. It shows his deep conviction concerning the Word of God, his relentless drive in his studies, his firm commitment to the text, his passionate delivery in the pulpit and his fearless declaration of the Truth.

If you’ve ever wanted to know more about church history but did’t know where to start, this is a great book to get your feel wet. I hope this book will encourage you to become bolder in your witness.