Book List

Below is a list of the some of the books that I am reading or have recently read.  Next to each book is the author and a brief review.  Credit for this idea goes to Nick Roark over at Tolle Lege.

  1. The Shadow of the Wind / Carlos Ruiz Zafon / magnificent
  2. The Creedal Imperative / Carl Trueman / interesting
  3. Saeculum / R. A. Markus / good
  4. A People of One Book / Timothy Larsen / eye opening
  5. Discerning Spirits / Nancy Caciola / wordy (yet fascinating)
  6. Jesus Through the Centuries / Jaroslav Pelikan / enlightening
  7. Confessions / Augustine / unparalleled
  8. Everyday Church / Tim Chester and Steve Timmis / great (review)
  9. Sphere / Michael Crichton / OK
  10. Beyond the Half-Way Covenant / David Paul McDowell / interesting (review)
  11. The Evangelical Heritage / Bernard Ramm / helpful
  12. Life Together / Dietrich Bonhoeffer / encouraging
  13. Evangellyfish / Doug Wilson / scorching
  14. Dogmatics in Outline / Karl Barth / good
  15. A Serrated Edge: A Brief Defense of Biblical Satire and Trinitarian Skylarking / Doug Wilson / excellent
  16. Creation and Fall: A Theological Exposition of Genesis 1-3 / Dietrich Bonhoeffer / fascinating
  17. The Mantra of Jabez / Douglas M. Jones / scathing (in a good way)
  18. Theology of the New Testament: A Canonical and Synthetic Approach / Frank Thielman / good
  19. A Reformation Reader / Edited by Denis Janz / great introduction to important primary documents
  20. Crisis and Renewal: The Era of the Reformations / R. Ward Holder / helpful overview
  21. Things Fall Apart / Chinua Achebe / slightly disappointing
  22. Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl / N. D. Wilson / creative and stimulating reflections on life
  23. The Message of Sonship / Trevor Burke / excellent
  24. Old Testament Theology / Robin Routledge / great thematic introduction to the OT
  25. Christology and Scripture / Edited by Andrew T. Lincoln & Angus Paddison / interesting
  26. Christology: Key Readings in Christian Thought / Astley, Brown, and Loades / good resource
  27. Jesus (Oxford Readers) / Edited by David F. Ford & Mike Higton / good resource
  28. A Gracious and Compassionate God: Mission, Salvation and Spirituality in the Book of Jonah / Daniel C. Timmer / excellent
  29. Christology: A Guide for the Perplexed / Alan Spence / helpful overview
  30. Ancient Word, Changing Worlds / Stephen J. Nichols & Eric T. Brandt / helpful introduction to the doctrine of Scripture
  31. Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament / Christopher J. H. Wright / excellent
  32. The Faith of Israel / William J. Dumbrell / helpful resource
  33. Words of Life: Scripture as the Living and Active Word of God / Timothy Ward / fascinating perspective on Scripture  as God’s “communicative action”
  34. Welcome to the Story / Stephen J. Nichols / reading the Bible as the history of redemption (review)
  35. A Meal with Jesus / Tim Chester / thought-provoking
  36. Am I Really a Christian? / Mike McKinley / helpful guide to self-reflection (review)
  37. Primal / Mark Batterson / interesting but lacking nuance (review)
  38. King’s Cross / Tim Keller / powerful reflections on the life of Jesus (review)
  39. 40 Questions About Christians and Biblical Law / Thomas R. Schreiner / extremely helpful
  40. A Living Hope: A Commentary on 1 and 2 Peter / Robert H. Mounce / academic yet pastoral
  41. Ghost Wars / Steve Cole / like reading a spy novel (review)
  42. Christian Beliefs / Wayne Grudem / an excellent primer
  43. Did Adam and Eve Really Exist? / C. John Collins / excellent (review)
  44. The Next Christians / Gabe Lyons / just ok (review)
  45. 1 Peter (TNTC) / Wayne Grudem / extremely helpful
  46. Under the Overpass / Mike Yankoski / captivating and eye-opening (review)
  47. The Gift / Bryan Litfin / exciting medieval future-world
  48. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians (NICNT) / Gordon D. Fee / extremely good
  49. The Gospel for Muslims / Thabiti Anyabwile / informative and helpful
  50. The Master Plan of Evangelism / Robert E. Coleman / compellingly biblical
  51. The Fellowship of the Ring / J. R. R. Tolkein / a feast for the imagination
  52. What Is the Gospel? / Greg Gilbert / helpful
  53. Total Church / Tim Chester and Steve Timmis / absolutely brilliant (review)
  54. Worldliness / C. J. Mahaney / thought-provoking
  55. Holiness / J.C. Ryle / extremely convicting but motivating
  56. Organic Leadership / Neil Cole / sometimes challenging but often frustrating
  57. Think / John Piper / excellent and convicting
  58. The Genesis Debate / David G. Hagopian / helpful but at times disappointing
  59. Into the Wild / Jon Krakauer / fascinating yet saddening
  60. The Trellis and the Vine / Colin Marshall and Tony Payne / excellent and challenging in all the right ways
Comments
  1. Nick Roark says:

    Matt,

    Thanks for pointing me to your helpful and Christ-centered site. Happy reading!

    –Nick

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