I agree with this list by Pastor Matt.
About Pastor Matt:
Hello, my name is Matt and I am a book addict (i.e., well read, sophisticated, sad and lonely here is evidence). But I want my sickness to help you. I have been a political junkie since 1992 when I was recruited by my then Congressman to work for him. I then ran several campaigns including helping a businessman win a seat in the U.S. House in 1994. I spent two years working in the House during the Gingrich years of 1995-1997. I then attended seminary and law school but have remained a political and public policy junkie. During this week’s political dust-ups, I read a lot of statements from Christians that qualify as “bumper sticker” logic at best. So, for those interested, here are five books every Christian leader should read if they want to truly understand politics and public policy.
- A Patriot’s History of the United States: From Columbus’s Great Discovery to the War on Terror by Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen
- The Heritage Guide to the Constitution by Ed Meese, Ed. (Regnery 2005)
- Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell (Basic Books 2010)
- Politics According to the Bible by Wayne Grudem (Zondervan 2010)
- The Poverty of Nations: A Sustainable Solution by Wayne Grudem and Barry Asmus (Crossway 2013)
I think it’s nice to see that pastor Wayne Grudem appears twice in the list. He has a PhD from Cambridge University and is the best theologian who writes books about economic and political issues. (Notice how I left room for Pastor Matt to be the best overall on economics and political issues!)
Here’s the detail on number three:
Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell (Basic Books 2010). Most Christian leaders (and apparently most Americans) have a poor understanding of economics. Most seem to believe wealth is fixed (it isn’t), incentives and effectiveness are secondary to fairness (they aren’t), etc. Sowell, a long time professor of economics who has taught at Cornell and UCLA, has penned a long but very reader friendly work that you should take chapter-by-chapter.
On this blog, I feature Thomas Sowell a lot. The good thing about him is that even if you can’t buy his book, you can read lots of his current events stuff for free. In fact, he wrote a great column recently explaining the government shutdown that I think everyone should read. You can also get great sermons on politics and public policy from Wayne Grudem’s “Essentials” class.