5 Kinds of Books to Read After Christmas

Posted by Mark Tubbs
Tagged Book Recommendations
December 26, 2011 @ 12:19 AM

“What should I read now the Christmas rush is over?”

There are a few reasons you may be wondering what sort of book you should invest your time into over the next week. Perhaps you have received a gift card or some cash for books. Maybe you have the rest of the week off work and you want to spend it well. It might be that you are feeling the post-Christmas blahs and realize you need to fight for joy. Here are a few recommendations in case you fall into any or all of these categories.

5. A long, worthwhile novel. Of course, everyone's conception of what constitutes a worthwhile novel is different, but David Powlison offers some rationale and recommendations here and here. For what it's worth, my next intended long, worthwhile novel is The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, which many in the know call the best novel ever written.

4. A classic of Christian literature. Just a few that come to mind are Henry Scougal's The Life of God in the Soul of Man, Saint Augustine's Confessions, John Stott's The Cross of Christ, and Jonathan Edwards' Religious Affections.

3. Books about Christ’s continuing incarnation. On Twitter I recently paraphrased author Kenda Creasy Dean: "Ascension Deficit Disorder is the reason churches get distracted so easily from the work Jesus commissioned us for." It follows that neglecting the ascension results in us forgetting that Jesus Christ's incarnation continues in heaven, involving mediatorial work on our behalf. The following two titles are well worth wrestling with: Jesus Ascended: the Meaning of Christ's Continuing Incarnation by Gerrit Scott Dawson and Ascension Theology by Douglas Farrow.

2. A Christian living book. Preferably one that will challenge you to start the New Year off on a good foot in your marriage, your parenting, or your spiritual disciplines.

1. A section of the Bible. Goes without saying, I suppose. Lately I have found Day One's Opening Up series to be excellent study companions.

Christmas 2011 is over. Christ's incarnation continues....