For whatever reason, I love perusing what people are reading and hearing what books and authors have played a formative role in someone’s life. So, in case anyone is like me, here ya go.
On the Thirty-Nine Articles: A Conversation with Tudor Christianity by Oliver O’Donovan – A favorite modern theologian’s insightful reflections on a founding document of the Anglican tradition.
Dogmatics in Outline by Karl Barth – Rereading it never fails to get my head straight.
A Very Short Introduction to Jesus by Richard Bauckham – Scholarly but accessible work that gives a good foundation for who Jesus was, what He was about, and how to approach the Gospels.
The Moral Vision of the New Testament by Richard Hays – Great intro to not only NT ethics, but the thought and passions of the early church – despite a few interpretations that strike me as bizarre. Perhaps the most appropriate conclusion to a work of theology ever written.
Barefoot Disciple by Stephen Cherry – Insightful examination of humility. Focuses on the one virtue, but touches every aspect of the Christian life.
A Ray of Darkness by Rowan Williams – Williams has an insightful, penetrating theological vision, and a profound understanding of the Christian spiritual life.
Friendship at the Margins by Heuertz and Pohl – I find the Word Made Flesh organization inspiring in just about all aspects. This book scratched an itch for a more biblical, holistic way of evangelism.
My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok – An exploration of religion, art, and identity that avoids the clichés and touches on the inevitable difficulties of living in the overlap of cultures.
The Brothers K by David James Duncan – Family, fundamentalism, and baseball.