2020 Reading List

2020 One-Word Reviews

January:

  1. Priscilla: The Life of an Early Christian / Ben Witherington III / Educational
  2. The Preaching Life / Barbara Brown Taylor / Inspiring
  3. That All Shall Be Saved: Heaven, Hell, and Universal Salvation / David Bentley Hart / A-Let-Down
  4. The Platonic Tradition / Peter Kreeft / Highly-Educational
  5. An Exorcist Explains the Demonic / Fr. Gabriele Amorth / Disappointing

March:

  1. The Bible Among the Myths: Unique Revelation or Just Ancient Literature? / John Oswalt / Fantastic

April:

  1. Knowing Christ Today: Why We Can Trust Spiritual Knowledge / Dallas Willard / Excellent
  2. Myths and Mistakes in New Testament Textual Criticism / Edited by Elijah Hixson & Peter Gurry / A-Necessity-For-All-Christian-Apologists
  3. A Closer Look at God’s Church: A Biblical Evaluation of Key Beliefs of the Church of God / Mark Jackson / A-Church-Of-God-Must-Read

May:

  1. For the Life of the World – Classics Series, vol. 1 / Alexander Schmemann / Thought-Provoking
  2. A History of Western Philosophy: From the Pre-Socratics to Postmodernism / C. Stephen Evans / Fantastic-and-Accessible
  3. Imagining the Kingdom: How Worship Works / James K. A. Smith / Wow!

The Rest of the Year:

  1. The Color of Compromise / Jemar Tisby / Heart-Breaking
  2. Ever Ancient, Ever New / Winfield Bevins / Great
  3. Listening to God with Children / Gianna Gobbi / Thought Provoking
  4. The King Jesus Gospel / Scot McKnight / Needed
  5. You Are What You Love / James K. A. Smith / Phenomenal
  6. The Homiletical Beat / Eugene Lowry / Excellent
  7. The Homiletical Plot / Eugene Lowry / Excellent
  8. Preaching the Story / Jeffrey Frymire / Excellent
  9. The Poetics / Aristotle / Foundational
  10. The Web of Preaching / Richard Eslinger / Thought Provoking
  11. Performing the Word: Preaching as Theatre / Jana Childers / Thought Provoking
  12. How to Read Daniel / Tremper Longman III / Fantastic
  13. Restorationism in the Holiness Movement in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries / Steven Ware / …Meh…
  14. Final Fantasy I – II – III: Memory of Heroes / Takashi Umemura / Nostalgic
  15. Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds / Brandon Sanderson / Exciting
  16. A Hero Born / Jin Yong / Fun
  17. When Pain is Real and God Seems Silent / Ligon Duncan / Powerful
  18. Revelation: A Liturgical Prophecy / Patrick Henry Reardon / Essential!