For 2013, I wanted to start reading back to what I was doing in high school. This past Christmas I got a huge box full of books, so I started reading (and re-reading old books I already have) and I want to make a list of all the books that I’ve gone through(the last book is the current book I’m reading). I’ll continue to update this page and hopefully I can look back in December and feel satisfied with my whole list.
1. Scripture and Authority of God – NT Wright
Wonderful book to understand the sweep of scripture, how to read it, and the meta narrative it brings.
2. 1984 – George Orwell
3. What Would You Do? – John Howard Yoder
This is a small, short, wonderful response to the common question many pacifists have to answer when confronted.
4. Sex God – Rob Bell
Title misleading, but still awesome.
5. War and The American Difference: Theological Reflections on Violence and National Identity – Stanley Hauerwas
Not to be read lightly, this is a central reflection on the United States and how violence seems to be naturally perpetuated.
6. Simply Christian – NT Wright
If a friend suddenly became a christian, this is the book I would give them.
7. Discipleship as Political Responsibility – John Howard Yoder
Quick read, but packed full of an interesting comparison of the wills for the state and church, and how the two interact within some sort of theological hierarchy.
8. God Behaving Badly – David Lamb
Extremely quick run through of troubling OT passages. He says a couple times, “I could spend chapters breaking this section of scripture down, but” Well that was the reason I bought the book, so you could spend those chapters breaking them down.
9. The Untold Story of the New Testament Church: An Extraordinary Guide to Understanding the New Testament – Frank Viola
Great companion book to read the NT in chronological order.
10. Fear and Trembling – Søren Kierkegaard
11. The Rapture Exposed – Barbara Rossing
This book absolutely embarrasses fanatical dispensationalist eschatology.
12. Pagan Christianity – Frank Viola
Some good, some bad, and some straight up ugly, but still worth a read.
13. Airframe – Michael Crichton
14. Simply Jesus – NT Wright
Title is a little misleading, but that’s not a negative. Lot more history than I would’ve imagined. It takes him a long time to set the stage (necessary though) before he even talks about Jesus. In the end, huge thumbs up.
15. Letters from a Skeptic: A Son Wrestles with His Father’s Questions about Christianity – Greg Boyd
I don’t agree with some of Boyd’s answers, and there are some answers I wouldn’t have pushed harder if I was his father. I cried reading the ending in the gym. Beautiful.
16. Early Church on Killing, The: A Comprehensive Sourcebook on War, Abortion, and Capital Punishment