Friday, January 1, 2010

My 2009 Reading List

I am on an e-mail list that regularly polls its members concerning books.  That last request was for favorites and why they held that place of honor. My response was a list of the books I have finished this year in chronological order. All were enjoyable for their reasons, but the top volumes are noted.

American Lion by John Meacham
A High View of Scripture? by Craig Allert [*]
Spirit of Early Christian Thought by Robert Wilkin
Mission in the Old Testament by Walter Kaiser, Jr [§]
The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God by John Frame
Just Words by Jacob Preus
A Call to Spiritual Reformation by D. A. Carson [§]
Chosen for Life by Sam Storms
The First Seven Ecumenical Councils by Leo D. Davis
Apostolic Preaching of the Cross by Leon Morris
Reign of the Servant Kings by Joseph Dillow [*]
Why Men Hate Going to Church by David Murrow [§]
The History and Theology of Calvinism by Curt Daniel
Stephen: A Singular Saint by Martin Scharleman

[*] For challenging my assumptions and thought processes
[§] Because of my passion for discipleship


JB said...

Sounds like a good list! How many books did you complete in 2009?

Some of my favorites from my own list were:
- What are the Gospels? A Comparison to Graeco-Roman Biography by Richard Burridge
- Jesus and the God of Israel: God Crucified and Other Essays on the New Testament's Christology of Divine Identity by Richard Bauckham
- Before the Muses: An Anthology of Akkadian Literature, ed. Benjamin Foster
- The New Faces of Christianity: Believing the Bible in the Global South by Philip Jenkins
- In the Shadow of the Temple: Jewish Influences on Early Christianity by Oskar Skarsaune
- On the Reliability of the Old Testament by K. A. Kitchen
- Both volumes of The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, ed. James Charlesworth
- Evangelical Reunion: Denominations and the Body of Christ by John Frame
- The Spirit of Early Christian Thought by Robert Wilken
- On Divine Foreknowledge by Luis de Molina (trans. Alfred Freddoso)
- The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success by Rodney Stark
- The Lost History of Christianity: The Thousand-Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia--and How It Died by Philip Jenkins
- The Evolution of the Soul by Richard Swinburne
- Unpacking Forgiveness: Biblical Answers to Complex Questions and Deep Wounds by Chris Brauns
- The first volume of Jaroslav Pelikan's The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine series

Steve Bricker said...

I finished only the books listed.

Beyond those, I also read journals from the North American Patristics and Evangelical Theological Societies, as well as Logia: A Journal of Lutheran Theology.

From your list, I have considered reading the Jenkins and Skarsaune works, and Bauckham is usually good. I enjoyed the first two volumes of Pelikan's The Christian Tradition and might finish off the other three in 2010.

So many books, so little time.

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Hi Steve,

Well, since you posted over at my blog I just had to take a peek at yours. I am impressed! Great blog you've got here. I have to add it to the ones I follow so as to keep up with you.

Keep up the good work.

Steve Bricker said...

Thanks Glenn. I'm planning on getting back to yours. There was simply no time to give a good look. And how do you have time for two?

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Who has time?!?!?!