20 enjoyable books
The following 20 books are not necessarily the best books I have ever read, though some are, nor are they necessarily the books that have taught me the most, and nor are they even the ones I would automatically recommend first on the subjects they address. Rather, here are 20 books that I have read in the past few years that I really enjoyed reading. There are others that I would add if I were to think about it a bit longer, and perhaps a few important ones, but it is a first stab. (By the way, if it came down to favourite passages and book sections, Barth would be regularly named)
In no particular order:
- Jesus and the Victory of God (Wright). I can hear Tina Turner in the back ground singing, "Simply the Best"
- Models for Scripture (Goldingay) . Life changing.
- Die Sache mit Gott (Heinz Zahrnt). Utterly brilliant prose, detailing the theological moments of 20th century Protestantism till about the 1960s
- God Crucified (Bauckham).
- The Nature of the Atonement: Four Views today. (G.A. Boyd; Joel Green; B.R. Reichenbach; Thomas Schreiner). Superb debate, and the articles all honoured their respective positions.
- 1 Corinthians (Thiselton). The best commentary on any of Paul's letters, blending deep exegetical insight and wide reading, with deliberate dialogue with modern systematic theological concerns. Brilliant.
- The Evangelical Universalist (MacDonald). What a great read. It regularly anticipated my questions and I found it almost convincing. Almost.
- Paulus (Schnelle). A great book to learn German with.
- Old Testament Theology vol. 1 (Goldingay). This book astonished me. I have not had so much fun with a book since Wright's at the top.
- What the Bible Really Teaches (Keith Ward).
- Romans Commentary (Wright). Sorry, I know it bruises the pride of many other scholars and critics, but this guy really is something else.
- How to Reassess your Chess (Silman). Well, I liked it!
- A Short History of Christianity (Tomkins). Very funny in places.
- The Interpretation of the NT (1861-1986). Inspiring.
- Re:Mission (Perriman). It totally messed with my head – the sort of book I LOVE.
- Perspectives Old and New on Paul (Westerholm). What a great summary of various the approaches of various scholars.
- Inspiration and Incarnation (Enns). Very engaging and honest. A delightful invitation to continue an important conversation.
- Glauben und Verstehen (Bultmann). Some of the articles (I haven't read them all) were simply superb.
- The Beginning of All Things (Küng). Helped me settle my mind on numerous issues.
- The Rhythm of Doctrine (Colwell). A smooth tonic to my soul.
- The Life, Errors, Bad Theology, and 'Slack Jaw Breathing' Sin-Log Book of Jim West. Volumes 1 to 64 (Tilling). An important denunciation of bibliobloggers 'minimalist'. I don't think most really know what 'minimalist' means. So, for your information, it refers to the size of the 'you know what', hence 'mini-malist'.