2019 Summer Reading List

Summer has arrived. Summer means books. I am already well ahead of my goal of 75 books for the year and could reach that goal by the end of summer. Regardless, below are a few of the books I hope to read over the next few months. Some are carry overs from my previous 2019 reading list.

 

Tim Keller, The Prodigal Prophet: Jonah and the Mystery of God’s Mercy

Tim Keller writing on the prophet Jonah. Need I say more? Keller is one of my favorite living Christian writers and thinkers. I am curious to see what insights he provides on the great prophet full of flaws.

 

Travis Kerns, Saints of Zion: An Introduction to Mormon Theology

Love Travis and his work in Utah. Very much looking forward to this work on Mormon theology. No doubt this volume is needed since so much of evangelical exploration of Mormonism is over the top.

 

Russell Moore, The Storm-Tossed Family: How the Cross Reshapes the Home

Russell Moore is one of the best Christian writers and thinkers of our time. This was the Christianity Today book of 2018. I have loved everything he has written. This will be a priority.

 

Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt, The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure

I’ve seen the interviews and they make me excited to explore deeper the themes and ideas raised in this book. Though written from a secular perspective, it will be an exploration of common grace and, I believe, common sense.

 

Patrick Deneen, Why Liberalism Failed

Let me count the ways.

 

S. Donald Fortson and Rollin G. Grams, Unchanging Witness: The Consistent Christian Teaching on Homosexuality in Scripture and Tradition

Given the current climate of sexual tyranny, it’s good to occasionally deal with the issues. Looking forward to the study here.

 

Joe Rigney, Lewis on the Christian Life: Becoming Truly Human in the Presence of God

I love CS Lewis and I love this book series. Why wouldn’t I want to tolle lege?

 

Fredrick Zydek, Charles Taze Russell: his Life and Times, the Man, the Millennium and the Message

If they’re going to keep knocking on our door, might as well add to my distrust of their founder. For those who don’t know, Russell is the founder of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

 

James K. A. Smith, You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit

I enjoy a lot of James Smith’s writings and am interested to see what he does with this volume.

 

Jason K. Allen, Being a Christian: How Jesus Redeems All of Life

Dr. Allen typically writes on pastoral ministry. This volume looks more generally at the Christian life. It is always good, especially as a pastor, to read introductory works for recommendations.

 

John MacArthur, Christ’s Call to Reform the Church: Timeless Demands from the Lord to His People

It’s John MacArthur. Nuff said.

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