FBC Men’s Reading Cohort
|January Book: The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution by Carl Trueman
Modern culture is obsessed with identity. Since the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision in 2015, sexual identity has dominated both public discourse and cultural trends—yet no historical phenomenon is its own cause. From Augustine to Marx, various views and perspectives have contributed to the modern understanding of the self. In this timely book, Carl Trueman analyzes the development of the sexual revolution as a symptom—rather than the cause—of the human search for identity. Trueman surveys the past, brings clarity to the present, and gives guidance for the future as Christians navigate the culture in humanity’s ever-changing quest for identity.
|October Book: True Spirituality by Francis Schaeffer
Francis Schaeffer had been serving as a pastor for over a decade when he began to wonder if Christianity really made a difference in people’s lives. True Spirituality, a Twentieth Century spiritual classic, outlines the result of his efforts to start at the beginning as Schaeffer re-examines his own faith. The book is a treasure trove of wisdom for Christians trying to discover what true spirituality looks like in everyday life. It includes a foreword by Chuck Colson and an introduction by Dr. Jerram Barrs, director of the Schaeffer Institute.
|September Book: The Weight of Glory by Clive Staples Lewis
This classic by C.S. Lewis, the most important Christian writer of the 20th century, contains nine sermons he delivered during World War 2. These nine addresses offer guidance, inspiration, and a compassionate apologetic for the Christian faith during a time of great doubt that is certainly needed in our own day.
|May Book: The Very Best of Malcolm Muggeridge by Malcolm Muggeridge
This definitive treasury of the best of Malcolm Muggeridge is drawn from all sources: books, essays, journalism, broadcasts, scripts, diaries and letters spanning his sixty year career from 1926-1986. Some material, collected by Muggeridge in the early 1980’s has never previously been published. Ian Hunter has collected short, pungent pieces chosen to exhibit the essential cast of Muggeridge’s mind: his insights, wit and singular capacity to see ‘with, not through’ the eye. In a single volume, this is the essential wisdom of Malcolm Muggeridge, perhaps the most prophetic and individualistic thinker of his generation, standing beside G. K. Chesterton and C. S. Lewis.
|April Book: Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton
This book has become a classic of Christian apologetics. Chesterton considered this book a companion to his other work, Heretics. In the book’s preface Chesterton states the purpose is to “attempt an explanation, not of whether the Christian Faith can be believed, but of how he personally has come to believe it.” In it, Chesterton presents an original view of Christian religion. He sees it as the answer to natural human needs, the “answer to a riddle” in his own words, and not simply as an arbitrary truth received from somewhere outside the boundaries of human experience.
|March Book: The Pilgrim’s Progress in Modern English by John Bunyan
Carefully revised in modern English, this modern classic includes John Bunyan’s original Scripture references plus hundreds of additional references, chapter end notes to help clarify scriptural and historical references, and an Index of words, meanings, titles, characters, and places. 50+ illustrations.
|February Book: Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
In the classic Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis, the most important writer of the 20th century, explores the common ground upon which all of those of Christian faith stand together. Bringing together Lewis’ legendary broadcast talks during World War Two from his three previous books The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality, Mere Christianity provides an unequaled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear this powerful apologetic for the Christian faith.
|January Book: Losing Our Virtue: Why the Church Must Recover Its Moral Vision by David F. Wells
Losing Our Virtue offers a bold critique of the moral disintegration taking place in contemporary society and its reflection in today’s evangelical church. Continuing the series begun with David Wells’s No Place for Truth and God in the Wasteland, this acclaimed volume urges the church to regain its moral weight and become a missionary of truth once more to our relativistic postmodern world.