Let The Nations Be Glad! by John Piper is a book on what missions is, why it exists and how we should have a biblical understanding of it. The chapters on prayer and suffering were like spotlights on my sinful soul, yet Piper writes in a way that inspires me to pursue obedience rather than bring muck-wallowing guilt. The middle of the book is tough slogging as he dissects what the Bible has to say about the difference between nations and people groups. It was worth the slow trek through though.
The Hole in Our Holiness by Kevin DeYoung is a short, helpful book on what it means to be holy in God’s sight and how we should be about pursuing holiness. I read through this book with my wife and am meeting a friend and talking through it as well. There are questions in the back for each chapter which facilitate helpful conversation with another person who you could read it with. DeYoung has a way of writing succinctly, articulately and helpfully that is worth the time spent turning his pages.
Every Good Endeavor by Tim Keller is the first book of his I have ever read. I was looking for a theologically saturated book that would help me think through how my vocation is connected with my God. This book was helpful although there were times I got lost in it. The first two parts of the book were the most helpful as Keller shows from the Bible what God’s plan for work is and then what our problem with work is.