Kerby Anderson on The Point of View Podcast recently interviewed author Tony Reinke on his new book, 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You. The audio is embedded below and provides a quick summary of 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You—a book we all need!

Here are the 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You

1. We Are Addicted to Distraction
2. We Ignore Our Flesh and Blood
3. We Crave Immediate Approval
4. We Lose Our Literacy
5. We Feed on the Produced
6. We Become Like What We “Like”
7. We Get Lonely
8. We Get Comfortable in Secret Vices
9. We Lose Meaning
10. We Fear Missing Out
11. We Become Harsh to One Another
12. We Lose Our Place in Time

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Evangelism is not only largely misunderstood, it is often all but neglected among Christians today. Many of us want to share the gospel with others, but feel intimidated and incapable of doing so. Yet God has given us answers in the Bible that instruct and equip us to share the good news with others.

In The Gospel and Personal Evangelism, Mark Dever seeks to answer the pressing questions that many Christians ask about evangelism: What is evangelism? Why should we evangelize? Why don’t we evangelize? Who should we evangelize? How should we evangelize? This book draws from New Testament truths and Dever’s personal experience in sharing the gospel in order to help believers apply those truths in practical ways. As readers understand the biblical foundations of evangelism, they will begin to develop a habit of evangelism in their lives and local churches.

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Be Reverent (Ezekiel): Bowing Before Our Awesome God (The BE Series Commentary) 2nd ed. Edition, Kindle Edition
by Warren W. Wiersbe (Author)

700506The modern church has become a comfortable place, as congregations focus on creating warm and welcoming environments. But have casual attitudes replaced reverence for the Lord? The prophet Ezekiel was called to remind God’s people about His holy and glorious nature, and that message remains as relevant today as when it was first delivered. This study examines Ezekiel’s mission to describe the indescribable, a God beyond imagining, a King worthy of our reverence.

Part of Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe’s best-selling “BE” commentary series, BE Reverent has now been updated with study questions and a new introduction by Ken Baugh. A respected pastor and Bible teacher, Dr. Wiersbe calls us to rediscover the awesomeness of the Lord. Filled with inspiring words and images, Ezekiel’s timeless message will draw you into a deeper level of holy reverence for our God.

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RC Sproul Favorite Recommended Books

Ligonier Ministries shared 16 books that have most shaped the thinking and ministry of R.C. Sproul. You can purchase many of them from the Ligonier Store or Amazon (linked below). You can also find digital editions of several of the older volumes for free on Monergism.

1. The Freedom of the Will, Edwards

2. The Bondage of the Will, Luther

3. Institutes of the Christian Religion, Calvin

4. God in Modern Philosophy, Collins

5. A Time For Truth, Simon

6. Charity and Its Fruits, Edwards

7. The Person of Christ, Berkhouwer

8. Gospel Fear, Burroughs

9. Gospel Worship, Burroughs

10. Institutes of Elenctic Theology (3 Vol.), Turretin

11. Principles of Conduct, Murray

12. A Christian View of Men and Things, Clark

13. Thales to Dewey, Clark

14. Here I Stand, Bainton

15. A Simple Way to Pray, Luther

16. The Coming of the Kingdom, Ridderbos

Ligonier also shared books R.C. Sproul recommends. There are several repetitions from the earlier list, as one naturally recommends books that shape them.

1. Assured by God by Burk Parsons
I would like every believer to read Assured by God, a helpful collection of essays on the assurance of salvation. It is edited by Burk Parsons, editor of Tabletalk magazine.

2. Biblical Economics by R.C. Sproul Jr.
This book by my son, R.C. Sproul Jr., is a useful primer on Scripture’s teaching on economics. It has been of great help to me on the subject.

3. The Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther
The Bondage of the Will is Martin Luther’s finest theological writing. Few works more convincingly tell us of man’s depravity and need for God’s sovereign grace.

4. Charity and Its Fruits by Jonathan Edwards
Jonathan Edwards, America’s greatest theologian and a hero of mine, gives us this excellent exposition of 1 Corinthians 13. Here is a man who knew what it means to love Christ.

5. Contending for Our All by John Piper
I love this book. John Piper reminds us that it is not enough to affirm or defend our faith, we must also be willing, under fire, to contend for our faith.

6. Counted Righteous in Christ by John Piper
This work by John Piper is a fine contemporary explanation and defense of the imputation of Christ’s righteousness as our only hope in life and death.

7. Creation and Change by Douglas Kelly
This book written by Douglas Kelly is perhaps the finest defense of the literal, twenty-four hour, six-day creation of the universe. My own thinking has been greatly influenced by it.

8. The Death of Death in the Death of Christ by John Owen
John Owen’s exposition of God’s intent in the atonement is the best work on particular redemption, which emphasizes that Christ died for His people alone.

9. The Expository Genius of John Calvin by Steven J. Lawson
I heartily recommend this book by Steven Lawson as an impetus to the recovery of expository preaching. It is an especially good gift for pastors and seminary students.

10. Foundations of Grace by Steven J. Lawson
My former student, Steven Lawson, does the church a great service in this work, a thorough look at how the entire canon of Scripture teaches the doctrines of grace.

11. The Freedom of the Will by Jonathan Edwards
Many Christians argue that Reformed theology effectively renders meaningless the concept of free will. However, as Jonathan Edwards demonstrates in this book, Reformed theology is entirely compatible with freedom. His argument has yet to be answered convincingly.

12. Gospel Fear by Jeremiah Burroughs
Jeremiah Burroughs is a must-read Puritan author. He represents the best of that movement, especially in this book, which explains what it means to revere the Lord.

13. Gospel Worship by Jeremiah Burroughs
Jeremiah Burroughs’ Gospel Worship has greatly influenced my understanding of biblical worship. It is one of the most important books I have ever read.

14. Here I Stand by Roland Bainton
Roland Bainton’s biography of Martin Luther is an inspiring summary of the life of the great reformer. This book will challenge you to stand firm for Christ.

15. The Holy Spirit by Sinclair Ferguson
My friend Sinclair Ferguson is in my view the world’s leading expert on the person and work of the Holy Spirit today. This work on the Spirit will benefit any believer.

16. Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin
John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion is perhaps the most important work of systematic theology ever written. Its influence has been formative on my thinking and on the thinking of believers all around the world.

17. Justification by Francis Turretin
Justification is so important that we convinced P&R Publishing to print this selection on this doctrine from one of the best theologians in church history, Francis Turretin.

18. Principles of Conduct by John Murray
Church elders know well that applying the Bible’s teaching to ethical situations can be more difficult than it first appears. This work by John Murray helps us to learn to apply God’s law to issues like marriage and divorce, truth-telling, and more.

19. A Simple Way to Pray by Martin Luther
No book has done more to revolutionize my personal prayer life than this little book by Martin Luther. I would recommend it for every Christian’s library.

Related Link: Free Audio Download of R.C. Sproul’s The Barber Who Wanted to Pray (based on Luther’s A Simple Way to Pray)

20. The Valley of Vision by Arthur Bennett
The puritans were a praying people, and this book is a collection of some of their excellent prayers. I find The Valley of Vision to be a great aid for devotions.

21. What Christian Parents Should Know About Infant Baptism by John Sartelle
I have known John Sartelle for many years, and this little booklet is one of the best explanations of the Reformed practice of infant baptism.

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True Change Is Possible

It’s about heart change, not behavior change. That’s the conviction of Tim Chester in You Can Change: God’s Transforming Power for Our Sinful Behavior and Negative Emotions as he seeks to help everyday Christians “connect the truth about God with our Monday-morning struggles.” This interactive book, laid out in workbook fashion, is for newer Christians struggling with sin and for more mature Christians who have plateaued in their faith as they seek to find victory over sin in their lives.

With a conviction that sanctification is God’s work and the journey to holiness is joyful, Chester guides readers through a “change project”-beginning with the selection of one area of life they would like to modify. Each chapter includes a question (e.g., Why would you like to change? What truths do you need to turn to?) to guide readers as they deal with a specific sin or struggle, truths from God’s word, and a reflection guide to help readers through their change project.

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Also free for a limited time: The Gospel: How the Church Proclaims the Beauty of Christ by Ray Ortlund

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The gospel is a theological message. But this message also creates human beauty—beautiful relationships in our churches, making the glory of Christ visible in the world today.

In this timely book, pastor Ray Ortlund makes the case that gospel doctrine creates a gospel culture. In too many of our churches, it is the beauty of a gospel culture that is the missing piece of the puzzle. But when the gospel is allowed to exert its full power, a church becomes radiant with the glory of Christ.

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12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You ReinkeCross-Points is teaming up with Crossway Books to give away 5 copies of Tony Reinke’s important new book 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You. Here’s the book’s description:

Do You Control Your Phone—Or Does Your Phone Control You?

Within a few years of its unveiling, the smartphone had become part of us, fully integrated into the daily patterns of our lives. Never offline, always within reach, we now wield in our hands a magic wand of technological power we have only begun to grasp. But it raises new enigmas, too. Never more connected, we seem to be growing more distant. Never more efficient, we have never been more distracted.

Drawing from the insights of numerous thinkers, published studies, and his own research, writer Tony Reinke identifies twelve potent ways our smartphones have changed us—for good and bad. Reinke calls us to cultivate wise thinking and healthy habits in the digital age, encouraging us to maximize the many blessings, to avoid the various pitfalls, and to wisely wield the most powerful gadget of human connection ever unleashed.

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