My Ten Favourite Books by John Stott

The list I submit here, at the request of RomGabe, is highly subjective and does not involve any hierarchy. It is somewhat random in terms of order and may also exclude some valuable titles that did not necessarily resonate with me.

I have to also say that I do not particularly like John Stott’s writings. They seem somewhat dry to me (this may simply be because of the editors he used), especially when compared with the warmth of his live messages.

So, here are my favourites, for what it matters:

The Contemporary Christian: An Urgent Plea for Double Listening – because it deals well with one of the central themes in Stott’s theology: the Christian’s responsibility to build a bridge between the Bible and the contemporary world

(New) Issues Facing Christians Today – because it deals courageously with the contemporary realities of war, the trauma of unemployment, the changing face of human rights, environment and many more

The Cross of Christ – because it is the most theologically weighty book written by Stott, dealing with soteriology, a central theme for evangelical identity

Understanding the Bible – because it is one of the best introductions to the Bible narrative and teaching

Basic Christianity – because, although a simple book, it has been effectively used by God to lay a solid foundation for the faith of many for over half a century

The Message of Ephesians: God’s New Society – because it is my favourite commentary by Stott

The Birds Our Teachers – because it illustrates beautifully the greatest hobby of this great man of God

Baptism and Fullness: The Work of the Holy Spirit Today – because it deals courageously and biblically with the delicate theme of Spirit baptism in the height of the charismatic renewal in the UK

The Radical Disciple – because it is the last book of Stott, in which one can find a synthesis of his wisdom; in it he looks at eight often neglected characteristics of Christian discipleship

Essentials: A Liberal–Evangelical Dialogue – because it deals in a very civil dialogical way with the hot conflict between evangelicalism and liberalism

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Some of these books are already in Romanian, others should be translated and some, like the last one, are not relevant here.

Now it is your turn. Which ones are your favourite books by Stott, and why. Especially if they are different from my own list.

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7 thoughts on “My Ten Favourite Books by John Stott

  1. thanks for the list and your explanations. I appreciate it.

    A cursive search on Amazon under books for John Stott, shows some of the same titles you mentioned but with different images on its covers (maybe diff. editions).

    The Living Church: Convictions of a Lifelong Pastor by John R. W. Stott (May 27, 2011) seems to be a fairly recent release, but the review comments go back to even 2007.

    Evangelical Truth: A Personal Plea for Unity, Integrity and Faithfulness by John R. W. Stott (Jun 17, 2011) seems a good read, imo, trying to bridge the gap between the various factions in the evangelical world.

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      • That is exactly what happens with American books published in the UK (to fit the cultural context of “den Store Britanien”) … fx. Barth Ehrman’s titles.

        What I had observed is not that the titles have changed, but the images in the covers. Maybe with new printing editions. Or new markets, as you said.

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      • Images, even more than titles, reflect cultural moods.
        And, every publisher knows this, the cover is what usually sells or fails, a book. That is why the author rarely has a say in it. The same with the title.

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