Preaching Magazine Announces Albert Mohler’s Top 10 Books for Preachers in 2015

Book lovers rejoice upon the annual announcement of Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr.’s Top Books list in Preaching Magazine. Mohler, whose legendary reading habits are widely known, is a titan book consumer who reads as deeply as he does widely. Thus, those of us on the Shelf Space team were thrilled to see the following ten books for preachers recommended by Dr. Mohler. Preachers are, after all, not just to be people of the Book, but people of books. Mohler is most certainly correct: “we cannot thrive without books.”


* quotes below are from “The Best Books for Preachers in 2015” by R. Albert Mohler Jr. March/April 2016 Issue Preaching

“Preachers, if no one else, have to understand that the reading of books, even if countercultural, is essential and inextricably linked to long-term faithfulness in Christian ministry … For preachers, we are still in the age of books, and one of our challenges is choosing which books deserve our time, our eyes, and our investment. At the very least, these ten are a good place to start.”


9781433542527Leland Ryken, J. I. Packer: An Evangelical Life (Wheaton: Crossway, 2015)

“It is hard to imagine an evangelical figure that could eclipse the influence of J. I. Packer … This is the kind of biography any major theological figure should hope would one day be written of him. With bated breath and no possibility of disappointment, preachers will read this biography with much interest and excitement.”


9780525953036 (1)Timothy J. Keller, Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism (New York: Viking, 2015)

Preaching Magazine’s 2015 Book of the Year



9780830836994Os Guiness, Fools Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion (Downers Grove: IVP Books, 2015)

“Guinness serves as a public intellectual among evangelicals, and in his latest book he points to the need for Christians to learn the essential task of persuasion in an increasingly secular world. . . This is one of those books that deserve a careful, slow, and generous reading. It certainly deserves a place on the preacher’s reading list.”


9781629950846John M. Frame, A History of Western Philosophy and Theology (Phillipsburg: P&R Publishing, 2015)

“This book deserves a place on a preacher’s bookshelf even if the preacher never intends to sit down and read it in its entirety.”


9781433544941 (1)Gerald Bray, Augustine on the Christian Life: Transformed by the Power of God (Wheaton: Crossway, 2015)

As a pastor, Augustine’s understanding of the Christian life is absolutely crucial. In this very important volume, Gerald Bray offers an understanding of Augustine that will greatly encourage every preacher and assist every minister to be more faithful in the pastoral calling.”


9780310515784 (1)Thomas Schreiner, Faith Alone: The Doctrine of Justification (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2015).

“…Schreiner provides a rigorous and accessible defense of the traditional Protestant understanding of justification. He rightly understands and argues that faith alone is essential to the gospel of Jesus Christ, and he offers one of the most practical and biblical presentations of justification.”


9781848715653Various Authors, You Must Read: Books That Have Shaped Our Lives (Carlisle: Banner of Truth, 2015)

“In order to honor Iain Murray, longtime leader of Banner of Truth, You Must Read offers a collection of essays from a considerable set of evangelical preachers on the books that have had profound impacts on their life and ministry. . . This is the kind of book that should be read as a celebration of the immense power of the printed word. Every one of the books cited within this volume is worthy of the preacher’s time and consideration. This means that You Must Read commends itself as an extraordinarily helpful introduction to each of these recommended books. Preachers and readers alike will enjoy this book’s recommendations about other books.”


9780374154097 (1)Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski, The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings (FSG Books: New York, 2015)

“In this important work, Philip and Carol Zaleski offer what is, to date, the most comprehensive understanding of how these four influential authors shared so much of their lives and literary development together. . . Preachers will find this book to be a mix of fascinating insight and a compelling catalyst for thought. This volume is primarily concerned with the literary aspects of all of the authors, rather than the theological issues that linked the members of the Inklings together. Nevertheless, preachers will find this volume to be a passageway, opening into a world that seems now so very far away – the world of the Inklings.”


RTP_3121_DUSTJACKET_daring_mission_tyndale_base_nov10a.inddStephen J. Lawson, The Daring Mission of William Tyndale (Reformation Trust: Orlando, 2015)

“In this biography of William Tyndale, Steve Lawson demonstrates how a biography can be both interesting and fully accessible. This is the kind of biography that a preacher will begin to read and find it virtually impossible to put down. Furthermore, its relatively small length means that in an economy of time it offers maximum profit for the avid reader.”


9780802837356 (1)James R. Edwards, The Gospel According to Luke, Pillar New Testament Commentary (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2015)

“Every volume in the Pillar New Testament Commentary Series is almost essential for the Christian preacher’s library. This series, edited by D. A. Carson, is a rare combination of exegetical rigor, theological insight, and spiritual wisdom.”


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