As I was reading the latest entry in Carolyn Weber's I Read Dead People blog series over at PressingSave.com, I reflected for the second time in the space of a week how Christian non-fiction series have grown in consistency and excellence over the past decade. In a recent email to a local Christian bookstore (they asked for suggestions) I listed the following publishers' series, many of which I believe to be under-appreciated.
1. If you have found Puritan writing difficult to read, start with Grace Publications' Christian Classics series.
2. Day One Publications' Opening Up the Bible series are short expositional commentaries that do double-duty as Bible study guides.
3. No less than three publishers have entire series devoted to exploring the spectrum of thought and belief on many relevant biblical and theological issues: B&H's Perspectives series, Zondervan's Counterpoints series, and IVP's Spectrum series.
4. Rick Cornish is an ex-Marine and current theology professor who has written three instalments in NavPress' 5-Minute series.
5. The Welwyn Commentary series from Evangelical Press is marked by clarity and orthodoxy. Go to CVBBS.com and type "Welwyn" in the search box.
6. The Guidebooks for Life series from Matthias Media is conversationally written but constantly gets to the heart of the matter(s).
7. For far too long Evangelicals have been counseling one another in a truncated fashion, throwing out verses and platitudes and hoping they will stick. New Growth Press' mini-books series provide some nuance in difficult counseling situations, as do Day One's Living in a Fallen World booklets.
8. Crossway Books' Preaching the Word series is as good, or better, in my opinion, for personal study than it is for preaching.
9. For specific Old Testament study with Christ in view, it doesn't get much better than P&R's Gospel According to the Old Testament series.
10. Kregel's 40 Questions series is young, but its authors are giants in their fields.