I’m currently trying to finish four books before the end of the year: Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert's "What Is the Mission of the Church? Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission", Christopher Hitchens' "God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything", Darrin Patrick's "Church Planter: The Man, the Message, the Mission", and N. T. Wright's "Justification: God's Plan & Paul's Vision".
And, I think I’ve decided that I want to read approximately 20 books next year.
If you’re interested, here’s the list:
- Bible (duh)
- Tolkien's "The Hobbit"
- Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings"
- Yousef and Brackin's "Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices"
- Piper's "Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God"
- Noll's "Jesus Christ and the Life of the Mind"
- Witherington's "Is there a Doctor in the House?: An Insider's Story and Advice on becoming a Bible Scholar"
- Gupta's "Prepare, Succeed, Advance: A Guidebook for Getting a PhD in Biblical Studies and Beyond"
- Dawkins' "The God Delusion"
- Piper's "God Is the Gospel: Meditations on God's Love as the Gift of Himself"
- McKnight's "The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited"
- Jeffery, Ovey, and Sach's "Pierced for Our Transgressions: Rediscovering the Glory of Penal Substitution"
- Payne's "Man and Woman, One in Christ: An Exegetical and Theological Study of Paul's Letters"
- Saucy's "Women and Men in Ministry: A Complementary Perspective"
- Webb's "Slaves, Women & Homosexuals: Exploring the Hermeneutics of Cultural Analysis"
- Bird's "The Saving Righteousness of God: Studies on Paul, Justification and the New Perspective"
- Bird's "Introducing Paul: The Man, His Mission and His Message"
- Barclay and Gathercole's "Divine and Human Agency in Paul and his Cultural Environment"
- Carter's "The Roman Empire and the New Testament: An Essential Guide"
- Kim's "Christ and Caesar: The Gospel and the Roman Empire in the Writings of Paul and Luke"
Lastly, my goal is to begin reviewing, at least, some books upon completion. With that said, I am considering this to be a list in flux, specifically for the purpose of allowing “hot reads” to enter the list for reviewing purposes.