Controversial Books for Jesford

This page shows the most "controversial" books in this library, as measured by the highest standard deviation of members' star ratings.

Standard Deviation Average Rating Your Rating Title
1.324 3.8 Pensées and Other Writings (Oxford World's Classics) by Blaise Pascal
1.269 3.86 The Painter of Modern Life by Charles Baudelaire
1.255 4.15 The First Epistle to the Corinthians by Gordon D. Fee
1.2 3.83 Zig Ziglar's Secrets of Closing the Sale by Zig Ziglar
1.187 3.4 The Epistles to the Colossians, to Philemon, and to the Ephesians by F. F. Bruce
1.179 3.34 The Purpose-Driven Church: Growth Without Compromising Your Message & Mission by Rick Warren
1.174 3.73 The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
1.174 3.76 Philosophy for Understanding Theology by Diogenes Allen
1.169 3.67 The Gospel According to Mark: The English Text With Introduction, Exposition, and Notes (New International Commentary on the New Testament) by William L. Lane
1.167 3.92 A Secular Age by Charles Taylor
1.154 3.27 The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort
1.136 3.15 Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus: The Classic Guide to Understanding the Opposite Sex by John Gray
1.129 3.73 The Book of Isaiah, Chapters 1-39 (New Intl Commentary on the Old Testament) by John N. Oswalt
1.109 3.93 Basics of Biblical Hebrew Grammar: Second Edition by Gary D. Pratico
1.098 3.89 The First Epistle Of Peter: An Introduction and Commentary (Tyndale New Testament Commentaries) by Wayne Grudem
1.091 4.09 The Letter of James (Pillar New Testament Commentary) by Douglas J. Moo
1.085 4.19 The Complete Word Study Dictionary New Testament: for a deeper understanding of The Word by Spiros Zodhiates
1.082 3.85 The Book of the Acts (New International Commentary on the New Testament) by F. F. Bruce
1.069 3.79 For Women Only: What You Need to Know about the Inner Lives of Men by Shaunti Feldhahn
1.061 3.88 "Fundamentalism" and the Word of God by J. I. Packer
1.057 3.53 The Road to Character by David Brooks
1.054 3.94 Confessions by Saint Augustine
1.05 3.67 Business for the Glory of God: The Bible's Teaching on the Moral Goodness of Business by Wayne Grudem
1.05 3.87 Intellectuals by Paul Johnson
1.049 4.07 When the Darkness Will Not Lift: Doing What We Can While We Wait for God--and Joy by John Piper
1.046 3.34 The Atheist's Guide to Reality: Enjoying Life without Illusions by Alex Rosenberg
1.045 3.8 The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy by Simon Blackburn
1.043 3.88 The Christian Atheist: Believing in God but Living As If He Doesn't Exist by Craig Groeschel
1.041 3.89 Competent to Counsel by Jay E. Adams
1.04 4.32 Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch (The IVP Bible Dictionary Series) by David W. Baker
1.037 4.19 Word Biblical Commentary, Volume 1: Genesis 1-15 by Gordon J. Wenham
1.035 3.68 Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia by John Gray
1.03 3.78 The Gospel According to John (The New International Commentary on the New Testament) by Leon Morris
1.03 4.2 Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: A Response to Evangelical Feminism by John Piper
1.023 4.03 The Science Delusion: Freeing the Spirit of Enquiry by Rupert Sheldrake
1.019 3.44 Modern Architecture: A Critical History by Kenneth Frampton
1.018 3.53 Matthew: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture (The New American Commentary) by Craig L. Blomberg
1.016 4.04 The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker
1.015 3.9 The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
1.015 3.71 Stop Stealing Sheep & Find out How Type Works by Erik Spiekermann
1.015 4.05 Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker
1.01 4.03 The Letters of John (Tyndale New Testament Commentaries) by John R. W. Stott
1.007 3.63 The Message of Acts by John R. W. Stott
1.006 4.02 Voltaire's Bastards: The Dictatorship of Reason in the West by John Ralston Saul
1.005 4.11 A confession and other religious writings by Leo Tolstoy
1.003 3.97 The Historical Reliability of the Gospels by Craig L. Blomberg
1 3.83 Why Liberalism Failed by Patrick J. Deneen
0.999 4.03 Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce by John Piper
0.997 3.67 Politics by Aristotle
0.994 3.81 Truth Is Stranger Than It Used to Be: Biblical Faith in a Postmodern Age by J. Richard Middleton
0.991 3.96 Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ by John Piper
0.991 4.07 What's the Difference?: Manhood and Womanhood Defined According to the Bible by John Piper
0.987 3.64 Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
0.986 3.92 A Survey of the Old Testament by Andrew E. Hill
0.986 3.94 The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
0.981 3.94 Cornelius Van Til: An Analysis of His Thought by John M. Frame
0.98 3.67 The Definitive Book of Body Language by Allan Pease
0.977 3.54 Al Qaeda and What It Means to Be Modern by John Gray
0.973 4.02 Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper
0.972 4.11 Seven Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas
0.971 3.89 Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God by John Piper
0.971 4.13 The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956 Abridged: An Experiment in Literary Investigation by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
0.968 3.83 The Art of War by Sun Tzu
0.965 3.77 The Book of Revelation by Robert H. Mounce
0.964 4.18 The Supremacy of Christ in a Postmodern World by John Piper
0.962 3.74 Essays in Love by Alain de Botton
0.962 3.97 The Age of Absurdity: Why Modern Life Makes it Hard to be Happy by Michael Foley
0.957 4.26 The Complete Green Letters by Miles J. Stanford
0.955 3.99 Critique of Judgment by Immanuel Kant
0.953 3.52 The News: A User's Manual by Alain De Botton
0.951 4.16 Bloodlines: Race, Cross, and the Christian by John Piper
0.951 3.72 Status Anxiety by Alain de Botton
0.95 3.93 Good to Great and the Social Sectors: A Monograph to Accompany Good to Great by Jim Collins
0.949 3.85 The Epistle to the Hebrews (The New International Commentary on the New Testament) by F. F. Bruce
0.949 4.05 The Passion of Jesus Christ: Fifty Reasons Why He Came to Die by John Piper
0.949 3.96 The Bhagavad Gita by Vyasa
0.943 3.91 The Message of Ephesians (Bible Speaks Today) by John R. W. Stott
0.942 3.49 The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work by Alain de Botton
0.942 4.11 The Crucified God: The Cross of Christ as the Foundation and Criticism of Christian Theology by Jürgen Moltmann
0.94 4.07 Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments (The IVP Bible Dictionary Series) by Ralph P. Martin
0.938 3.66 The Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Botton
0.938 3.52 Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard H. Thaler
0.934 4.04 Disciplines of a Godly Man by R. Kent Hughes
0.933 3.8 Rumors of Another World: What on Earth Are We Missing? by Philip Yancey
0.933 3.9 The New Bible Commentary by Donald Guthrie
0.932 4.12 Finally Alive: What Happens When We Are Born Again by John Piper
0.93 3.98 One to One Bible Reading by David Helm
0.928 3.93 You Talkin' To Me?: Rhetoric from Aristotle to Obama by Sam Leith
0.924 4.16 Calm My Anxious Heart: A Woman's Guide to Finding Contentment by Linda Dillow
0.924 3.68 Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment by Martin E. P. Seligman
0.923 3.69 Atheist Manifesto: The Case Against Christianity, Judaism, and Islam by Michel Onfray
0.921 4.05 Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
0.918 4.12 Dictionary of Paul and His Letters by Gerald F. Hawthorne
0.918 3.97 The Tyranny of Merit: What's Become of the Common Good? by Michael J. Sandel
0.917 3.35 Heroes: From Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar to Churchill and de Gaulle by Paul Johnson
0.916 3.62 The Reformation by Owen Chadwick
0.914 4.26 Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World by Michael Horton
0.913 3.61 131 Christians Everyone Should Know (Holman Reference) by Christian History Magazine Editorial Staff
0.913 4.01 Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most by Douglas Stone
0.912 3.95 The Future of Justification: A Response to N. T. Wright by John Piper
0.911 3.86 The holy war, made by Shaddai upon Diabolus, for the regaining of the metropolis of the world; or, The losing and taking again of the town of Mansoul by John Bunyan
0.909 3.67 The Book of Leviticus (New International Commentary on the Old Testament) by Gordon J. Wenham
0.907 3.63 Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being by Martin E. P. Seligman
0.905 3.89 Searching for God Knows What by Donald Miller
0.901 4.26 How Long, O Lord?: Reflections on Suffering and Evil by D. A. Carson
0.901 3.93 A Brief History of Thought: A Philosophical Guide to Living (Learning to Live) by Luc Ferry
0.898 3.88 The Early Church by Henry Chadwick
0.893 3.76 The Gifts of the Jews: How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels by Thomas Cahill
0.893 3.88 The Message of Galatians (Bible Speaks Today) by John R. W. Stott
0.891 3.77 Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don't Know by Malcolm Gladwell
0.891 4.19 The Roots of Endurance: Invincible Perseverance in the Lives of John Newton, Charles Simeon, and William Wilberforce by John Piper
0.891 3.82 How (Not) to Be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor by James K. A. Smith
0.887 4.1 Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels by Joel B. Green
0.886 4.19 Concise Theology: A Guide to Historic Christian Beliefs by J. I. Packer
0.886 4.12 Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
0.883 4.21 Holman Bible Atlas: A Complete Guide to the Expansive Geography of Biblical History (Broadman & Holman Reference) by Thomas V. Brisco
0.88 4.2 The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller
0.88 3.82 The Consolations of Philosophy by Alain de Botton
0.878 3.83 Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt
0.877 3.29 Who's Your City?: How the Creative Economy Is Making Where to Live the Most Important Decision of Your Life by Richard Florida
0.877 4.22 Humility: True Greatness by C. J. Mahaney
0.876 4.02 Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages by Haddon W. Robinson
0.872 4.09 The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt
0.872 4.06 God's Big Picture by Vaughan Roberts
0.871 3.53 How to Give Away Your Faith by Paul E. Little
0.869 4.1 A Hunger for God: Desiring God through Fasting and Prayer by John Piper
0.869 3.57 The Confidence Game by Maria Konnikova
0.868 4.23 The Hidden Smile of God: The Fruit of Affliction in the Lives of John Bunyan, William Cowper, and David Brainerd by John Piper
0.868 4.18 Engaging With God: A Biblical Theology of Worship by David G. Peterson
0.867 4.14 When I Don't Desire God by John Piper
0.866 4.21 The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis
0.865 3.56 Seven Types of Atheism by John Gray
0.864 4.16 Counted Righteous in Christ: Should We Abandon the Imputation of Christ's Righteousness? by John Piper
0.862 3.92 Lost Connections: Why You’re Depressed and How to Find Hope by Johann Hari
0.861 3.93 All Marketers Are Liars: The Power of Telling Authentic Stories in a Low-Trust World by Seth Godin
0.86 4.28 Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine by Wayne Grudem
0.858 3.64 The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World by Niall Ferguson
0.858 3.9 Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection by John T. Cacioppo
0.858 4.04 New Bible Dictionary by I. Howard Marshall
0.857 4.51 Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin
0.856 4.08 The Practice of Godliness by Jerry Bridges
0.854 4.44 The Gospel according to John (The Pillar New Testament Commentary (PNTC)) by D. A. Carson
0.853 3.85 Regarding the Pain of Others by Susan Sontag
0.85 4.48 The Book of Revelation: A Commentary on the Greek Text (New International Greek Testament Commentary (Grand Rapids, Mich by G.K. Beale
0.847 4.24 Dictionary of New Testament Background by Craig A. Evans
0.845 4.11 Tree and Leaf: Including "Mythopoeia" by J. R. R. Tolkien
0.844 4.11 The Bible and the Future by Anthony A. Hoekema
0.844 4.05 Treasuring God in Our Traditions by Noel Piper
0.843 4.26 The Gagging of God by D. A. Carson
0.843 4.24 Exegetical Fallacies by D. A. Carson
0.838 4.13 Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business by Neil Postman
0.838 4 The Message of Romans: God's Good News for the World (The Bible Speaks Today) by John R. W. Stott
0.836 3.92 The Radical Reformission: Reaching Out without Selling Out by Mark Driscoll
0.835 4.19 The Legacy of Sovereign Joy: God's Triumphant Grace in the Lives of Augustine, Luther, and Calvin by John Piper
0.834 3.86 For Men Only: A Straightforward Guide to the Inner Lives of Women by Shaunti Feldhahn
0.832 4.17 Personal Knowledge: Towards a Post-Critical Philosophy by Michael Polanyi
0.831 4.27 The Trellis and the Vine by Colin Marshall
0.827 4.29 Brothers, We Are Not Professionals: A Plea to Pastors for Radical Ministry by John Piper
0.825 4.24 Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
0.825 4.07 Matthew for Everyone: Chapters 1-15 by Tom Wright
0.823 4.08 Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? by Philip Yancey
0.822 3.81 Affluenza: When Too Much is Never Enough by Clive Hamilton
0.822 4.24 The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict by Ken Sande
0.82 3.81 A History of Israel by John Bright
0.818 4.27 Banksy: Wall and Piece by Banksy
0.816 4.51 Overcoming Sin and Temptation by John Owen
0.815 4.33 The Weight of Glory by C. S. Lewis
0.815 4.15 To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World by James Davison Hunter
0.813 4.19 The Message of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7 : Christian Counter-Culture) by John R. W. Stott
0.812 3.97 Practical Ethics by Peter Singer
0.807 3.92 Apologetics to the Glory of God: An Introduction by John M. Frame
0.805 4.1 The Universe Next Door: A Basic Worldview Catalog by James W. Sire
0.802 3.76 The Christian Mind: How Should a Christian Think? by Harry Blamires
0.801 4.4 Lament For a Son by Nicholas Wolterstorff
0.8 4.2 The Deliberate Church: Building Your Ministry on the Gospel by Mark Dever
0.795 4.56 A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature by Walter Bauer
0.793 4 Understanding Dispensationalists by Vern S. Poythress
0.788 4.27 The Supremacy of God in Preaching by John Piper
0.787 4.15 Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil by Hannah Arendt
0.786 4.46 A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction by Christopher Alexander
0.783 4.29 This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence by John Piper
0.782 4.18 A History of Art by H. W. Janson
0.781 4.2 Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World by Tom Holland
0.781 3.92 Christ and Culture Revisited by D. A. Carson
0.779 4.03 The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind by Daniel J. Siegel
0.778 3.87 The Masculine Mandate: God's Calling to Men by Richard D. Phillips
0.776 3.84 The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone - Especially Ourselves by Dan Ariely
0.775 4.23 The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity by Douglas Murray
0.775 4.33 A Practical View of Christianity by William Wilberforce
0.774 4.35 An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax by Bruce K. Waltke
0.773 4.32 The Collected Poems of Wilfred Owen by Wilfred Owen
0.772 4.02 The Silence of Adam: Becoming Men of Courage in a World of Chaos by Larry Crabb
0.763 4.29 God Is the Gospel: Meditations on God's Love as the Gift of Himself by John Piper
0.763 3.6 Protestant Biblical Interpretation: A Textbook of Hermeneutics by Bernard L. Ramm
0.762 3.81 Who Was Jesus? by N. T. Wright
0.762 4.28 What Did You Expect?: Redeeming the Realities of Marriage by Paul David Tripp
0.761 4.09 What Jesus Demands from the World by John Piper
0.759 4.41 Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God by J. I. Packer
0.751 4.32 Backgrounds of Early Christianity by Everett Ferguson
0.749 4.23 Spectacular Sins: And Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ by John Piper
0.748 4.18 Contending for Our All by John Piper
0.748 3.91 In the Beginning: The Story of the King James Bible and How It Changed a Nation, a Language, and a Culture by Alister McGrath
0.746 4.51 Calvins Commentaries (22 Volume Set) by John Calvin
0.743 4.39 Suffering and the Sovereignty of God by John Piper
0.741 3.98 Young, Restless, Reformed: A Journalist's Journey with the New Calvinists by Collin Hansen
0.74 4.3 Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon by Bryan Chapell
0.739 4.23 You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit by James K. A. Smith
0.738 4.1 The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure by Greg Lukianoff
0.738 4.12 A God Entranced Vision of All Things: The Legacy of Jonathan Edwards by John Piper
0.732 4.59 The Resurrection of the Son of God by N. T. Wright
0.726 4.18 New Testament Introduction by Donald Guthrie
0.723 3.92 Introduction to Logic by Irving M. Copi
0.717 4.09 The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy by Robert Audi
0.71 3.92 The Gospel and Personal Evangelism by Mark Dever
0.703 3.83 Beyond the Bounds: Open Theism and the Undermining of Biblical Christianity by John Piper
0.701 4.09 The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World by Michael Horton
0.699 4.42 Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers by Dane C. Ortlund
0.697 4.5 New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional by Paul David Tripp
0.691 4.54 Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament by G.K. Beale
0.691 4.44 God's Passion for His Glory: Living the Vision of Jonathan Edwards by John Piper
0.679 4.26 Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended on It by Chris Voss
0.676 4.45 Preaching & Preachers by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
0.668 4.19 According to Plan: The Unfolding Revelation of God in the Bible by Graeme Goldsworthy
0.646 4.43 What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality? by Kevin DeYoung
0.645 3.87 The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality by Angus Deaton
0.636 4.11 Basics for Believers: An Exposition of Philippians by D. A. Carson
0.635 4.1 Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything about Race, Gender, and Identity―and Why This Harms Everybody by Helen Pluckrose
0.634 4.16 The Thomas Sowell Reader by Thomas Sowell
0.622 4.28 Liberating Ministry from the Success Syndrome by R. Kent Hughes
0.617 4.4 Sex and the Supremacy of Christ by John Piper
0.611 4.71 The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions by Arthur Bennett
0.609 4.51 The Epistle to the Romans by Douglas J. Moo
0.608 4.52 The Whole Christ: Legalism, Antinomianism, and Gospel Assurance―Why the Marrow Controversy Still Matters by Sinclair B. Ferguson
0.58 3.75 I Is an Other: The Secret Life of Metaphor and How It Shapes the Way We See the World by James Geary
0.537 4.44 Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor: The Life and Reflections of Tom Carson by D. A. Carson