Monday, December 19, 2011

My 2012 Reading List

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:

  1. Bible (duh)
  2. Tolkien's "The Hobbit"
  3. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings"
  4. Yousef and Brackin's "Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices"
  5. Piper's "Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God"
  6. Noll's "Jesus Christ and the Life of the Mind"
  7. Witherington's "Is there a Doctor in the House?: An Insider's Story and Advice on becoming a Bible Scholar"
  8. Gupta's "Prepare, Succeed, Advance: A Guidebook for Getting a PhD in Biblical Studies and Beyond"
  9. Dawkins' "The God Delusion"
  10. Piper's "God Is the Gospel: Meditations on God's Love as the Gift of Himself"
  11. McKnight's "The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited"
  12. Jeffery, Ovey, and Sach's "Pierced for Our Transgressions: Rediscovering the Glory of Penal Substitution"
  13. Payne's "Man and Woman, One in Christ: An Exegetical and Theological Study of Paul's Letters"
  14. Saucy's "Women and Men in Ministry: A Complementary Perspective"
  15. Webb's "Slaves, Women & Homosexuals: Exploring the Hermeneutics of Cultural Analysis"
  16. Bird's "The Saving Righteousness of God: Studies on Paul, Justification and the New Perspective"
  17. Bird's "Introducing Paul: The Man, His Mission and His Message"
  18. Barclay and Gathercole's "Divine and Human Agency in Paul and his Cultural Environment"
  19. Carter's "The Roman Empire and the New Testament: An Essential Guide"
  20. 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.


  1. While you're deciding what to review, I'd love to hear what you think of Slaves, Women & Homosexuals: Exploring the Hermeneutics of Cultural Analysis. I feel like I want to read something like that to better understand the Bible's real position on 'hot topics' but it's a little over my head.

  2. Carmen, for you, that will certainly be included in my book reviews!

  3. God is not Great ¿ How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens was a challenging read, but I¿m glad I invested the time. Hitchens reaffirms my beliefs and exalts freethinking. I agree with the author¿s axioms ¿ here are a few. Man created God and everlasting life to overcome fear of death. Countless atrocities have been committed in the name of religion. Religion is mind-control powerful men use religion to thwart dissent and to punish ¿ the degree of punishment is staggering. Politics and religion are inextricably linked throughout history.