Article Feb 10, 2017

Ethics and culture reads for 2017 (Part 2): Four books on everyday Christianity

Editor’s Note: This is part two in a three-part series. You can read the first post here.

Two-thousand-seventeen will be a year of incredible new books. Maybe you made a New Year’s resolution to read more or received a gift card to use on new books. Or maybe you just love to read. Whatever the case, here are some of the most anticipated books on of 2017 on everyday Christianity that you should consider adding to your reading list.

Trip Lee, Incredibly Normal: The Shocking Truth About Who You Really Are (November, Thomas Nelson).

The book: Trip Lee helps us face reality as those made in the image of God. We are valuable, but not exceptional.

Why this book?: Escaping the pressures to be exceptional offers us freedom to live faithfully in God’s world.

Jim Hamilton, Work and Our Labor in the Lord (January, Crossway).

The book: Hamilton presents a brief biblical theology of work (only 128 pages!).

Why this book?: Christians are often tempted to view work as simply a result of the fall. Hamilton shows that God cares deeply about our work and that we should view it as service to him in light of the finished work of Christ on the cross.

Courtney Reissig, Glory in the Ordinary: Why Your Work in the Home Matters to God (April, Crossway).

The book: Reissig takes a closer look at the God-honoring work of stay-at-home moms.

Why this book?: In an age where one’s significance is measured on a scale of influence, Reissig reminds us that God is glorified in the ordinary (and irreplaceable) work of our everyday lives. I’ve known Courtney for years, and she lives what she writes.

Esther Fleece, No More Faking Fine: Ending the Pretending (January, Zondervan).

The book: An introduction to the life-giving practice of lament.

Why this book?: Our world is broken and sinful, and everything isn’t always okay. Fleece reminds us that God can handle our honesty and brokenness.

Make sure to check out part one of this series, and keep an eye out for my final installment.