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Books Read in 2017

Every year, at the end of the year, I post the list of books that I read during the year. This year you will notice, the number has dropped down even more from the year before. This is mainly because I’ve been focused on other things. Also you will notice there were a lot of books read on atonement, prayer, and theological Anthropology. These are all related to my schoolwork and research. Finally, all of these are only the books I read to completion.

KEY:

* = Published in 2017
+ = This is the 2nd+ time reading this book

January

  1. The Social God and the Relational Self – Stanley Grenz
  2. Bodies and Souls or Spirited Bodies? – Nancey Murphy
  3. Same-Sex Attraction and the Church – Ed Shaw
  4. Body, Soul, and Human Life – Joel Green
  5. Neuroscience and the Soul – Thomas Crisp, Steven Porter, Gregg Ten Elshof

February

  1. Saving Calvinism – Oliver Crisp
  2. Did My Neurons Make Me Do It? – Nancey Murphy and Warren Brown
  3. Philosophical Approaches to the Devil – Benjamin McCraw and Robert Arp
  4. Being Human – Dwight Hopkins
  5. A Walk Through the Bible – Leslie Newbigin

March

  1. Creation and Humanity – Veli-Matti Karkkainen
  2. The Person of Jesus Christ – H.R. Mackintosh
  3. The Sentences Book Three: On the Incarnation of the Word – Peter Lombard
  4. On the Unity of Christ – St. Cyril of Alexandria

April

  1. Jesus: God and Man – Wolfhart Pannenberg
  2. Embodied Souls, Ensouled Bodies – Marc Cortez
  3. On the Incarnation – Athansius+
  4. The Way of Jesus – Jurgen Moltmann
  5. The Identity of Jesus Christ – Hans Frei
  6. Christ and Reconciliation – Veli-Matti Karkkainen
  7. The Unassumed is Unhealed: The Humanity of Christ in the Christology of T.F. Torrance – Kevin Chiarot+
  8. The Logic of God Incarnate – Tom Morris

May

  1. Martin Luther in His Own Words – Jack Kilcrease & Erwin Lutzer*
  2. Flesh and Blood: A Dogmatic Sketch Concerning the Fallen Nature view of Christ’s Human Nature – Daniel Cameron*
  3. The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture – Yoram Hazony
  4. Christ and Horrors – Marilyn Adams
  5. Christ the Key – Kathryn Tanner
  6. The Word Enfleshed – Oliver Crisp

June

  1. The Tech-wise Family – Andy Crouch*
  2. Embodied Hope – Kelly Kapic*
  3. The Struggle of Prayer – Donald Bloesch
  4. Knocking on Heaven’s Door – David Crump

July

  1. Uncommon Decency – Richard Mouw
  2. Beyond the Modern Age – Bob Goudzwaard and Craig Bartholomew*
  3. Enjoy Your Prayer Life – Michael Reeves
  4. Give God the Glory: Ancient Prayer and Worship in Cultural Perspective – Jerome Neyrey
  5. A Community Called Atonement – Scot McKnight
  6. Calvin and the Calvinists – Paul Helm
  7. Jonathan Edwards on the Atonement – Brandon Crawford*
  8. What are we Doing When We Pray? – Vincent Brummer+
  9. The Contemplative Pastor – Eugen Peterson

August

  1. Pillar New Testament Commentary: The Letters to the Thessalonians – Gene Green
  2. Praying with Paul: A Call to Spiritual Reformation – D.A. Carson
  3. All That is in God: Evangelical Theology and the Challenge of Classical Theism – James Dolezal*
  4. I am Not but I Know I Am – Louie Giglio
  5. The Pastor: A Memoir – Eugene Peterson
  6. The Great Omission – Dallas Willard
  7. Death by Living – N.D. Wilson
  8. NIV Application Commentary: 1 & 2 Thessalonians – Michael Holmes

September

  1. Atonement: A Guide for the Perplexed – Adam Johnson
  2. The Glory of Atonement – Charles Hill and Frank James III
  3. Cross Examinations: Readings on the Meaning of the Cross – Marit Trelstad
  4. Recovering the Scandal of the Cross – Joel Green & Mark Baker+
  5. Feminist Theories of Atonement – Linda Peacore+
  6. The Non-Violent Atonement – Denny Weaver+

October

  1. The Crucified God – Jurgen Moltmann+
  2. Prayer and Providence – Terrence Tiesen
  3. A Little Book for New Bible Scholars – Randolph Richards & Joseph Dodson*
  4. Was the Reformation a Mistake? Matthew Levering*
  5. The Metaphor of God Incarnate – John Hick+
  6. NIV Application Commentary: 1 Corinthians – Craig Bloomberg

Novemeber

  1. Responsibility and Atonement – Richard Swinburne+
  2. The Pastor Theologian – Gerald Heistand and Todd Wilson+
  3. Jesus the Eternal Son – Michael Bird*
  4. Atonement, Law and Justice – Adonis Vidu+
  5. Calling on the Name of the Lord: A Biblical Theology of Prayer – J. Gary Millar
  6. Unnamed Book on Atonement – Oliver Crisp*
  7. The Uneasy Conscience of Modern Fundamentalism – Carl Henry

December

  1. TheologyGrams – Rich Wyld*
  2. Walking Through Twilight – Douglas Groothius*
  3. Petitionary Prayer: A Philosophical Investigation – Scott Davision*
  4. The New Christian Zionism – Gerald McDermott*
  5. Immeasurable: Reflections on the Soul of Ministry in the Age of Church, Inc. – Skye Jethani*
  6. The Economics of Neighborly Love – Tom Nelson*
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Books Read in 2016

At the end of each the year I put out the list of books I have read that year. Usually they consist of a lot of theology books, followed up by a good chunk of philosophy books, and a few fiction books thrown in. In 2013 I read 106 books. In 2014 I read 87 books. In 2015 I read  88 books. This year, my numbers went down drastically. However, that was mainly because I was in school again, reading lots of journals and book chapters, and writing a whole bunch. The numbers also dropped because I stopped reading at the gym. My workouts sort of changed (became more intense) so I no longer read while doing cardio. Anyway, this year’s total is 52 book. That’s one per week!

book-piles

Books Read in 2016 = 52!

January

  1. Systematic Theology Volume 1 – Wolfhart Pannenberg
  2. Experiences in Theology – Jurgen Moltmann
  3. The Nature of Doctrine – George Lindbeck
  4. The Nature of Confession – Phillips & Okholm

February

  1. Beyond Foundationalism – Grenz & Francke
  2. The Drama of Doctrine – Kevin Vanhoozer
  3. Black Theology of Liberation – James Cone
  4. Models of God – Sally McFague
  5. Introducing Radical Orthodoxy – James K.A. Smith

March

  1. Analytic Theology – Crisp & Rae
  2. An Invitation to Analytic Christian Theology – Thomas McCall
  3. Four Views on Hell – Preston Sprinkle
  4. Strong and Weak – Andy Crouch
  5. The Problem of Hell – Jonathan Kvanvig
  6. Hell: The Logic of Damnation – Jerry Walls

April

  1. Gaining by Losing – J.D. Greear
  2. The Unfolding Mystery – Edmund Clowney
  3. Jonathan Edwards Among the Theologians – Oliver Crisp
  4. Sacrifice and Atonement – Stephen Finlan

May

  1. Knowledge and Christian Belief – Alvin Plantinga
  2. Living on the Devil’s Doorstep – Floyd McClung
  3. How I Changed My Mind About Evolution – Stump and Applegate
  4. The Trinity Among the Nations: The Doctrine of God in the Majority World – Gene Green, Stephen Pardue, K.K. Yeo

June

  1. Prodigal God – Tim Keller
  2. The Father Heart of God – Floyd McClung
  3. Epistemology: Becoming Intellectually Virtuous – W. Jay Wood
  4. The Pastor Theologian – Gerald Heistand & Todd Wilson
  5. Reading Romans in Context – Ben Blackwell, John Goodrich, and Jason Matson
  6. You are What You Love – James K.A. Smith

July

  1. The Claim of Humanity in Christ – Alexandra Radcliff
  2. The Lost Letters of Pergamum – Bruce Longenecker

Lost Track of Dates

  1. Writings on Pastoral Piety – John Calvin (ed. McKee)
  2. Calvin and the Consolidation of the Genevan Reformation – William Naphy
  3. Infant Baptism in Reformation Genega – Karen Spierling
  4. Calvin’s Ladder: A Spiritual Theology of Ascent and Ascension – Julie Canlis
  5. America at the Crossroads – George Barna
  6. The Uncontrolling Love of God – Thomas Oord
  7. Pentecostal Outpourings – ed. Robert Smart, Michael Haykin, and Ian Clary
  8. Crossing Cultures in Scripture – Marvin Newell
  9. Rational Faith – Stephen Evans
  10. What is Reformed Theology – R.C. Sproul
  11. Judaism Before Jesus – Anthony Tomasino
  12. Reordering the Trinity – Rodrick Durst
  13. Delighting in the Trinity – Michael Reeves

November

  1. A Little Handbook for Preachers – Mary Hulst
  2. Love Henri: Letters on the Spiritual Life – Henri Nouwen
  3. Christological Anthropology in Historical Perspective – Marc Cortez

December

  1. The Vulnerable Pastor – Mandy Smith
  2. Serving a Movement – Timothy Keller
  3. Saving Calvinism – Oliver Crisp
  4. Paul’s New Perspective – Garwood Anderson
  5. Soul Keeping – John Ortberg

Books Read in 2015

I know this is super late! Every year, right at the beginning of the year I post a list of all the books I read that year. However the end of last year was a bit crazy. I was gone in Africa for half of January, then I jumped right into a theological method seminar which kept me really busy, then the baby came! All that to say here are the books I read in 2015, my list of best books of 2015 will be posted soon!

January

  1. Giving Blood – Leonard Sweet – 1/2/15
  2. Reformed Catholicity – Michael Allen & Scott R. Swain 1/6/15
  3. Space, Time, and Resurrection by T.F. Torrance 1/19/15
  4. God the Peacemaker: How Atonement Brings Shalom 1/21/15
  5. Two Views on the Trinity by Jason Sexton 1/24/15
  6. Speaking to Teenagers by Doug Fields & Duffy Robbins 1/28/15
  7. Exodus: Kregel Exegetical Library Commentary by Duane Garrett 1/31/15

February

  1. Total Church by Tim Chester & Steve Timmis 2/2/15
  2. The Happy Christian by David Murray 2/6/15
  3. Introducing Paul by Michael Bird 2/11/15
  4. Shepherding God’s Flock by Benjamin Merkle and Thomas Schreiner 2/13/15
  5. Retrieving Doctrine: Essays in Reformed Theology by Oliver Crisp 2/16/15
  6. Surprised by Grace by Tullian Tchividjian 2/18/15
  7. A God Entranced Vision of All Things by John Piper & Justin Taylor 2/24/15
  8. Scary Close by Donald Miller 2/25/15
  9. Studies in the Pauline Epistles: Essays in Honor of Douglas J. Moo 2/26/15
  10. The Paleo Chef by Pete Evans 2/28/15

March

  1. The Pastor’s Ministry by Brian Croft 3/4/15
  2. Nonviolent action by Ronald Sider 3/6/15
  3. Rejoicing in Christ by Michael Reeves 3/7/15
  4. The Challenge of Jesus by N.T. Wright 3/12/14
  5. Faith, Freedom and the Spirit by Paul Molnar 3/23/15
  6. The Mission of Preaching by Patrick Johnson 3/27/15
  7. Treatise on Grace & Other Posthumously Published Writings by Jonathan Edwards 3/29/15
  8. Teams that Thrive by Ryan Hartwig & Warren Bird 3/31/15

April

  1. Advancing Trinitarian Theology by Oliver Crisp & Fred Sanders 4/1/15
  2. Spiritual Friendship by Wesley Hill 4/3/15
  3. Confronted by Grace: Meditations of Theologian by John Webster 4/3/15
  4. Recovering Classical Evangelicalism by Greg Thornbury 4/6/15
  5. Jonathan Edwards’ Theology: A Reinterpretation by Kyle Strobel 4/11/15
  6. The Real Scandal of the Evangelical Mind by Carl Trueman 4/13/15
  7. Edwards and the Christian Life by Dane Ortlund 4/15/15
  8. The Story that Chooses Us: A Tapestry of Missional Vision by George Hunsberger 4/21/15
  9. Called to the Life of the Mind: Some Advice for Evangelical Scholars by Richard Mouw 4/23/15
  10. Encountering Romans by Douglas Moo 4/24/15
  11. The Lord and His Prayer by N.T. Wright 4/27/15

May

  1. The Bees by Laline Paull 5/7/15
  2. The Kuyper Center Report (Vol 5): Church and Academy by Gordon Graham 5/11/15
  3. The Divine Mentor by Wayne Cordeiro 5/17/15
  4. Theology and California by Jason Sexton and Fred Sanders 5/19/15
  5. Ordinary Hero by Neil Cole 5/30/15

June

  1. The Insanity of Obedience by Nik Ripken 6/1/15
  2. A Fellowship of Differents by Scot McKnight 6/7/15
  3. F. Torrance: An Intellectual Biography by Alister McGrath 6/15/15
  4. Reading Barth with Charity by George Hunsinger 6/16/15
  5. The Holy Trinity Revisited: Essays in Response to Stephen R. Holmes by Thomas Noble and Jason Sexton 6/19/15
  6. Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A Spoke in the Wind by Renate Wind 6/23/15
  7. Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer 6/29/15

July

  1. Paul’s Theology of Preaching by Duane Liftin 7/5/15
  2. Defending Substitution by Simon Gathercole 7/6/15
  3. Joy in the Journey by Steve Hayner 7/7/15
  4. Ethics by Dietrich Bonhoeffer 7/14/15
  5. Hearing Her Voice: A Biblical Invitation for Women to Preach by John Dickson 7/15/15
  6. Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer 7/15/15
  7. Paul’s Divine Christology by Chris Tilling 7/30/15
  8. Preaching by Tim Keller 7/31/15

August

  1. Letters and papers from Prison by Dietrich Bonhoeffer 8/1/15
  2. The Tangible Kingdom Primer by Hugh Halter and Matt Smay 8/6/15
  3. Romans 1-7 For You by Tim Keller 8/10/15
  4. Teaching Romans: Unlocking Romans 1–8 for the Bible Teacher by Christopher Ash 8/11/15
  5. Paul and the Trinity by Wesley Hill 8/18/15
  6. Exploring Christology and Atonement by Andrew Purves 8/29/15

Septmember

  1. Which Trinity? Whose Monotheism? By Thomas McCall 9/7/15
  2. The Trinity (De Trinitate) by Augustine 9/10/15
  3. The Trinity by Karl Rahner 9/15/15
  4. Unburdened: The Christian Leader’s Path to Sexual Integrity 9/17/15
  5. When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert 9/23/15
  6. A Commentary on the Manuscripts and Texts of the New Testament by Phillip Comfort 9/28/15

October

  1. The Trinity by Karl Rahner 10/5/15
  2. The Trinity and the Kingdom by Jurgen Moltmann 10/8/15
  3. Renew Your Life by Kai Mark Nilsen 10/19/15
  4. The Christian Doctrine of God by T.F. Torrance 10/25/15
  5. The Triune Identity by Robert Jenson 10/26/15

November

  1. The God We Worship by Nicholas Wolterstorff 11/8/15
  2. Which Trinity? Whose Monotheism? By Thomas McCall 11/9/15
  3. Metaphysics and the Tri-Personal God by William Hasker 11/14/15
  4. One God in Three Persons by Bruce Ware and John Starke 11/15/15
  5. Apostolic Church Planting by J.D. Payne 11/17/15
  6. God, Sexuality, and the Self: An Essay on the Trinity by Sarah Coakley 11/30/15

December

  1. Theology and the Mirror of Scripture: A Mere Evangelical Account by Kevin Vanhoozer and Daniel Trier 12/3/15
  2. Reordering the Trinity by Rodrick Durst 12/8/15
  3. Theology as Discipleship by Keith Johnson 12/15/15
  4. Crossing Cultures with Jesus by Katie Rawson 12/20/15
  5. Becoming the Gospel: Paul, Participation and Mission by Michael Gorman 12/22/15
  6. The Ecumenical Edwards by Kyle Strobel 12/24/15
  7. People to Be Loved by Preston Sprinkle 12/27/15
  8. Pioneering Movements by Steve Addison 12/27/15
  9. Introducing Paul by Michael Bird 12/28/15

Books Read in 2014

Happy New Year! The year is over and its time to release the list of books that I read last year. For those of you who are interested, here are all the books I read in 2014. It might help you see the type of books that could have made it into my Top 10 books of 2014.

87 Books Read in 2014!

 

January
1. The Pastor’s Family by Brian and Cara Crofts
2. Absence of Mind by Marilynne Robinson
3. Found in Him by Elyse Fitzpatrick
4. The Dude’s Guide to Manhood by Darrin Patrick
5. Encounters with Jesus by Tim Keller
6. The Theology of the Heidelberg Catechism by Lyle Bierma
7. Wesley on the Christian Life by Fred Sanders

February
8. Flesh by Hugh Halter – 2/6/14
9. Replant by Darrin Patrick and Mark Devine – 2/12/14
10. Christian Faith in the Old Testament by Garteth Cockerill – 2/17/14
11. Uncovered by Rod Tucker – 2/20/14
12. Political Theology by Fiorenza, Tanner, and Welker- 2/23/14
13. What is Biblical Theology? By James Hamilton -2/26/14
14. Warfare in the Old Testament by Boyd Seevers 2/28/14

March
15. How do we Know? An Introduction to Epistemology by Mark Foreman and James Dew 3/3/14
16. Primal Fire by Neil Cole 3/6/14
17. Visions of Vocation by Steven Garber 3/10/14
18. Prodigal Christianity by David Fitch 3/13/14
19. Evil and the Justice of God by N.T. Wright 3/13/14
20. The Truest Thing About You by Dave Lomas 3/13/14
21. Preaching in an Age of Distraction by 3/19/14
22. Missional Quest by Lance Ford and Brad Brisco 3/24/14
23. Desiring the Kingdom by James K.A. Smith 3/25/14

April
24. How Jesus Became God by Michael Bird 4/1/14
25. Who is Tampering with the Trinity by Millard Erickson 4/7/14
26. Christ and Reconciliation by Veli-Matti Karkkainen 4/14/14
27. The Severity of God by Paul Moser 4/19/14
28. Who’s Afraid of Post-Modernism by James K.A. Smith 4/22/14
29. The Soul by J.P. Moreland 4/25/14
30. Introduction to Doctrine by Louis Berkhof 4/29/14

May
31. From Jesus to the Church by Craig Evans 5/7/14
32. Interpreting the General Letters by Howard Bateman IV 5/11/14
33. The Cry for Spiritual Mothers & Fathers by Larry Kreider 5/16/14
34. Spiritual Formation in Emerging Adulthood by David Setran & Chris Kiesling 5/23/14
35. Jesus Against the Scribal Elite by Chris Keith 5/26/14
36. Eternal Wisdom from the Desert Fathers (various authors) 5/31/13

June
37. Jesus the Fool by Michael Frost 6/10/14
38. Christianity on Trial by Mark Lainer 6/15/14
39. Slow Church by Christopher Smith and John Pattison 6/21/14
40. Understanding the Mission of the Church by Scott Sunquist 6/25/14
41. Surprised by Scripture by N.T. Wright 6/27/14
42. Dispatches from the Front by Tim Keese 6/30/14

July
43. A Light to the Nations by Michael Goheen 7/12/14
44. Strange Glory by Charles Marsh 7/22/14
45. Church Dogmatics 1.1 by Karl Barth 7/29/14
46. Chasing God by Roger Huang 7/30/14
47. Risk is Right by John Piper 7/31/14

August
48. The Sticky Faith Guide for the Family by Kara Powell 8/6/14
49. Faith and Reason: Three Views by Steve Wilkens 8/12/14
50. Abraham Kuyper: A Short and Personal Introduction by Richard Mouw 8/15/14
51. Authentic Spiritual Mentoring by Larry Kreider 8/20/14
52. New Testament Essentials by Robbie Castleman 8/26/14
53. Slow Church by Christopher Smith and John Pattison 8/30/14

September
54. Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan 9/3/14
55. Citizens by Rob Peabody 9/6/14
56. Abraham Kuyper: Modern Calvinist, Christian Democrat by James Bratt 9/10/14
57. Deviant Calvinism by Oliver Crisp 9/13/14
58. Preventing Suicide by Karen Mason 9/16/14
59. Lectures on Calvinism by Abraham Kuyper 9/22/14
60. The Call to Discipleship by Karl Barth 9/24/14
61. Atonement, Law, and, Justice by Adonis Vidu 9/28/14

October
62. Kingdom Conspiracy by Scot McKnight 10/5/14
63. Walls Fall Down by Dudley Rutherford 10/16/14
64. Called by Mark Labberton 10/27/14

November
65. The Kuyper Center Review vol 4: Calvinism and Democracy by John Bowlin 11/1/14
66. Multiplying Missional Leaders by Mike Breen 11/1/14
67. Prepare Them to Shepherd by Brian Crofts 11/2/14
68. Rediscovering the Church Fathers by Michael Haykin 11/6/14
69. Forty Questions About Christians and Biblical Law by Thomas Schreiner 11/7/14
70. Reading Backwards by Richard Hays 11/12/14
71. Forever Love by Francis and Lisa Chan 11/14/14
72. Jesus Continued by J.D. Greear 11/17/14
73. Jonathan Edwards’s Bible by Stephen R.C. Nichols 11/24/14
74. Prayer by Tim Keller 11/24/14
75. The Philosophical Theology of Jonathan Edwards by Hyu Sung Lee 11/25/14
76. Revisiting Paul’s Doctrine of Justification by Peter Stuhlmacher 11/28/14

December
77. Frameworks by Eric Larson 12/3/14
78. Reformed Dogmatics Volume 1: Theology Proper by Geerhardus Vos 12/5/14
79. Divine Providence: Four Views by Dennis Jowers 12/9/14
80. Loving Jesus More by Philip Graham Ryken 12/10/14
81. Galatians and Christian Theology by Mark Elliott & Scott Hafeman & N.T. Wright 12/13/14
82. Brazos Theological Commentary: Colossians by Christopher Seitz 12/17/14
83. Experiencing the Trinity by Joe Thorn 12/18/14
84. Thinking Through Paul by Bruce Longenecker & Todd Still 12/20/14
85. Sabbath as Resistance by Walter Brueggemann 12/21/14
86. Reformed Dogmatics Volume 2: Anthropology by Geerhardus Vos 12/28/14
87. Christ Crucified by Donald Macleod 12/31/14