Mac Brunson's Bookshelf

Books . Movies . Music . More
Mac Brunson's Bookshelf
Mac Brunson's Bookshelf
Books . Movies . Music . More

Mac Brunson

Senior Pastor

My Current Favorites

Five books, movies, or songs influencing me now
Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God
Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God
by Timothy Keller
WHY I LIKE IT
With his trademark insights and energy, Keller offers biblical guidance as well as specific prayers for certain situations, such as dealing with grief, loss, love, and forgiveness. He discusses ways to make prayers more personal and powerful, and how to establish a practice of prayer that works for each reader. Just good stuff!
The Faith of Christopher Hitchens: The Restless Soul of the World's Most Notorious Atheist
The Faith of Christopher Hitchens: The Restless Soul of the World's Most Notorious Atheist
by Larry Alex Taunton
WHY I LIKE IT
At the time of his death, Christopher Hitchens was the most notorious atheist in the world. And yet, all was not as it seemed. While Hitchens was, in the minds of many Christians, Public Enemy Number One, away from the lights and the cameras a warm friendship flourished between Hitchens and the author; a friendship that culminated in not one, but two lengthy road trips where, after Hitchens’s diagnosis of esophageal cancer, they studied the Bible together. The Faith of Christopher Hitchens gives us a candid glimpse into the inner life of this intriguing, sometimes maddening, and unexpectedly vulnerable man.
A Great and Terrible King: Edward I and the Forging of Britain
A Great and Terrible King: Edward I and the Forging of Britain
by Marc Morris
WHY I LIKE IT
Edward I is familiar to millions as "Longshanks," conqueror of Scotland and nemesis of Sir William Wallace (in "Braveheart"). Yet this story forms only the final chapter of the king's action-packed life. Earlier, Edward had defeated and killed the famous Simon de Montfort in battle; travelled to the Holy Land; conquered Wales, extinguishing forever its native rulers and constructing a magnificent chain of castles. If you love English history, you will enjoy this well-written account of a powerful king whose reign comes between two weak rulers.
Tried by Fire: The Story of Christianity's First Thousand Years
Tried by Fire: The Story of Christianity's First Thousand Years
by William J. Bennett
WHY I LIKE IT
Tried by Fire narrates the rise and expansion of Christianity from an obscure regional sect to the established faith of the world’s greatest empire with influence extending from India to Ireland, Scandinavia to Ethiopia, and all points in between. William Bennett covers the story of the martyrs, the councils, the heresies, and the controversies as well as the spread of Christianity for the first 1000 years. His command of history is as impressive as his writing skills. You will learn church history and love doing it when you read this excellent work.
Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution
Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution
by Nathaniel Philbrick
WHY I LIKE IT
This is the story of two very different men who fought alongside one another with two very different outcomes by the end of the American Revolution. There is one man whose life is defined by character and who rises above politics and the desire for personal gain. The other succumbs to his personal ambitions which destroys his faith in the American dream and ultimately his life. Nathaniel Philbrick is an excellent historian and a greater writer.

My Essentials

My all-time favorite books, movies and music
The Bible in Theology & Preaching
The Bible in Theology & Preaching
by Donald K. McKim
WHY I LIKE IT
This book grew out of a long-standing interest in the doctrine of Scripture. It is an excellent reference tool that explains the basics of the various contemporary views about the nature of the Bible. For example, the first chapter looks at Roman Catholicism and asks where does the RCC’s authority lie, and where does scripture fit into that belief. It moves from Liberalism, to Fundamentalism, (an especially captivating chapter since so much of it deals with Dr. Charles Ryrie), all the way to Feminist and Womanist Theologies. Challenging.
"Fundamentalism" and the Word of God
by J. I. Packer
Basic Theology: A Popular Systematic Guide to Understanding Biblical Truth
Basic Theology: A Popular Systematic Guide to Understanding Biblical Truth
by Charles C. Ryrie
Criswell Guidebook For Pastors
Criswell Guidebook For Pastors
by W. A. Criswell
Encounters with Jesus: Unexpected Answers to Life's Biggest Questions
Encounters with Jesus: Unexpected Answers to Life's Biggest Questions
by Timothy Keller
Heaven on Earth: Experiencing the Kingdom of God in the Here and Now
Heaven on Earth: Experiencing the Kingdom of God in the Here and Now
by R. Alan Streett
Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther
Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther
by Roland H. Bainton
How Should We Then Live? (L'Abri 50th Anniversary Edition): The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture
How Should We Then Live? (L'Abri 50th Anniversary Edition): The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture
by Francis A. Schaeffer
NASB Thinline Bible
NASB Thinline Bible
by Zondervan
Rut, Rot or Revival: The Problem of Change and Breaking Out of the Status Quo
Rut, Rot or Revival: The Problem of Change and Breaking Out of the Status Quo
by A. W. Tozer
Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln: 21 Powerful Secrets of History's Greatest Speakers
Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln: 21 Powerful Secrets of History's Greatest Speakers
by James C. Humes
The Screwtape Letters
The Screwtape Letters
by C. S. Lewis
Theology of the Reformers
Theology of the Reformers
by Timothy George
Two Roads to Sumter
Two Roads to Sumter
by william catton
Why I Preach That the Bible Is Literally True (Library of Baptist Classics)
Why I Preach That the Bible Is Literally True (Library of Baptist Classics)
by W. A. Criswell,Timothy George,Denise George

My Bookshelf Archive

my archived books, movies, music, and more
APOCALYPSE: The Great Jewish Revolt Against Rome AD 66-73
APOCALYPSE: The Great Jewish Revolt Against Rome AD 66-73
by Dr. Neil Faulkner
WHY I LIKE IT
This is a period of Jewish history people know about but know very little about it. Faulkner does a great job with the historical setting. Though he is not a Christian, he gives a thorough analysis of what happened leading up to the revolt and a readable account of the revolt and afterwards.
George Washington's Surprise Attack: A New Look at the Battle That Decided the Fate of America
George Washington's Surprise Attack: A New Look at the Battle That Decided the Fate of America
by Ph.D. Phillip Thomas Tucker
WHY I LIKE IT
This is a great read historically. You will learn so much about the critical battle at Trenton that you previously did not know. At moments you will catch yourself marching along side the Colonial army on its Christmas night trek to Trenton and Princeton. However Tucker can become incredibly laborious in places, and often repeats himself. I caught myself asking, did I reread that or is he retelling it again. He is retelling it again! Nevertheless any serious historian should read this detailed account and learn.
Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee
Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee
by Michael Korda
WHY I LIKE IT
It has been twenty years since there has been a serious biography on Robert E. Lee. Korda is British and gives I think an unbiased view of Lee. He is an excellent writer and has written extensively on American military figures like Eisenhower and Grant. His biography on Lee is superb, balanced, and insightful. He catches the essence of the man where as many Americans authors do not.
Futureville: Discover Your Purpose for Today by Reimagining Tomorrow
Futureville: Discover Your Purpose for Today by Reimagining Tomorrow
by Skye Jethani
WHY I LIKE IT
I have become fascinated with the writings of this young man. His book is both eye opening and helpful to understand the younger generation and how they think. He is a very gifted writer and has something to say.
Giving Blood: A Fresh Paradigm for Preaching
Giving Blood: A Fresh Paradigm for Preaching
by Leonard Sweet
WHY I LIKE IT
I have always read everything that Sweet writes. He is an incredible, holding your attention and challenging you all at the same time. He is worth reading if for nothing else the illustrations that he uses. I would like to have one tenth of the ability to research that he does. However, sadly he misses the mark on preaching. He is suggesting that preachers move away from exposition, and at times hints at moving away from the word. It is however a great read, and we should not always read everything that reaffirms our already strongly opinionated views. We need to be challenged, to hear the other side, to know what is being said so we can have a defense for the gospel.