Books We Are Reading

The three of us are constantly reading. In part, that’s due to being seminary students, and in another part it’s the fact that we all like to read. We’ve put together this page to keep you up to date with what we’re currently reading. We hope to constantly update this page, so check back often.

Carter

Mere Christianity – by C.S. Lewis – This honestly is a must read for those in ministry. It’s a great “thinking” book, but useful in discussion with lay people as well. I’m thoroughly enjoying reading it through the third time!!! It is a forceful and accessible discussion of Christian belief that has become one of the most popular introductions to Christianity and one of the most popular of Lewis’s books.

Screwtape Letters – by C.S. Lewis – Once again I am thoroughly enjoying this book again! A short book following the imagined letters between a demon (screwtape) and his uncle (wormwood). Humous and light at times it is an enjoyable but convicting read. Lewis has great insight and is able to do what the Enemy fears the most; exposure to the truth.

The Horse and His Boy – by C.S. Lewis – Yes I am on a C.S. Lewis kick, but honestly outside of the Bible and one other book, this one impacted my life more than any other at a young age. It is an inspiring novel following the plight of a young boy and horse as they team up in search of freedom, to the North, in Narnia. I would recommend it to anyone.

Shane

*Words of Life: Scripture as the Living and Active Word of God by Timothy Ward – A contemporary, evangelical treatment of the doctrine of Scripture. The author deals with the Scriptures from several different perspectives, including the biblical, theological, and doctrinal. HE also provides a helpful investigation of the usefulness of speech-act theory in understanding the Bible.

The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman – An accessible and entertaining assessment of some of the most significant cultural moments that have led to the cultural and economic flattening of the world.

The Trellis and the Vine by Colin Marshall and Tony Payne – Using a metaphor for ministry in which people are vines and structures are trellis, the authors argue that vine-work is the most important work for pastors, while the trellis-work should be sufficient to facilitate the growth of the vine.

The Knowledge of the Holy by A. W. Tozer – A classic exploration of the attributes of God and how they shape the way a Christian thinks and lives. Tozer is a master at critiquing the lack of depth in contemporary church culture, as well as seeing the error in many Christians’ thoughts about the triune God.

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins – Yeah, I know. Reading this with my wife. Don’t judge me.

Nathan

*Baptists and the Bible by L. Russ Bush and Tom Nettles- This book chronicles major figures in Baptist history and tells about their view of the Bible. This book played a major role during the Conservative Resurgence in the SBC.

*A Hill on Which to Die: One Southern Baptist’s Journey by Paul Pressler- This is the first hand account of Pressler’s involvement with the Conservative Resurgence in the SBC. Push past the first few chapters that are a personal history of the Pressler family and you will arrive to a riveting account of the Resurgence.

Spurgeon: A New Biography by Arnold Dallimore- I just started reading this book and have only read two chapters. I was told it was the best short biography on Spurgeon. So far it is no disappointment.

*Recently Completed

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