Around this time last month, I posted my January Update as part of Tim Challies Reading Challenge. Actually, I’m a little early at this point, but I know going into the weekend what I’ll finish up. Also, I was having trouble getting my thoughts together for a review post. I have a slightly more annotated list this time around. Key word is slightly. I’ve also truncated the checklist to just include books I’ve finished at this point. If you want the whole list, see either my January Update or Challies original post.
Anyway, here’s what I read in February:
- The Ultimate Star Wars and Philosophy
- Like most essay collection on philosophy and pop culture, this was hit or miss (pun intended?)
- The Scandal of The Evangelical Mind
- This is a classic book, some of it dated, but most of it still very relevant for diagnosing issues with how (some) evangelicals approach intellectual issues
- The Pastor: A Memoir
- I loved this book, and as I said before, am on a Peterson kick at the moment. Highly recommend reading this if you’re involved in ministry.
- Philosophy in Seven Sentences
- This was a great overview of important thinkers in philosophy. I’ll say more in my review
- Five Views on The Church and Politics
- This book correlates the five views in Niebuhr’s Christ & Culture to approaches to politics. Different views, but not a lot of sparks in the responses.
- The Birth of The Trinity
- This book is cost prohibitive for many, but important in terms of explaining the early church’s hermeneutical moves that helped shape our understanding of the doctrine of the Trinity.
- American Exceptionalism and Civil Religion
- Very important in light of the upcoming political season. You can be patriotic without being an idolater, but it is apparently really difficult.
- Politics for Christians
- This ended up being more philosophical than I expected, and it made be want to read more of Beckwith
- The Miracles of Jesus
- I like the charts, but it wasn’t a very engaging read. It is thorough and exhaustive, but also kind of flat.
- This is Awkward
- Really enjoyed this one because it made me feel slightly more normal (but not less awkward).
- Turns out there isn’t a substantial difference between happiness and joy according to the way the biblical authors used the word. Also hashtag blessed can also be hashtag happy.
- How to Be an Atheist
- Excellent dismantling of atheistic approaches to science, reason, and morality, showing their skepticism toward religion needs to be applied more rigorously to their own views
- Habits of Grace
- Great introduction to the spiritual disciplines in three fold form (Frame would be proud)
- Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife
- Horrible marketing with this one. It came unsolicited with a sticker that said “Are evangelical men more likely to abuse their wives?” Not cool Zondervan. However, an important book that was engaging and got me thinking. I’ll post more later.
THE LIGHT READER (7/13 BOOKS)
- ☒ A book about Christian living (Sanctified by Grace)
- ☒ A commentary on a book of the Bible (The Promise of His Appearing:)
- ☒ A book about theology (Theology as Discipleship)
- ☒ A book with the word “gospel” in the title or subtitle (The Gospel according to Heretics)
- ☒ A book more than 100 years old (The Bruised Reed)
- ☒ A book published in 2016 (From Topic to Thesis)
- ☒ A book about a current issue (Five Views on The Church and Politics)
THE AVID READER (1/26 BOOKS)
- ☒ A book written by an Anglican (Paul and The Trinity)
THE COMMITTED READER (4/52 BOOKS)
- ☒ A humorous book (This is Awkward)
- ☒ A memoir (The Pastor: A Memoir)
- ☒ A book about joy or happiness (Happiness)
- ☒ A book whose title comes from a Bible verse (Eat This Book)
THE OBSESSED READER (12/104 BOOKS)
- ☒ A book used as a seminary textbook (The Birth of The Trinity)
- ☒ A book about philosophy (Philosophy in Seven Sentences)
- ☒ A book about prayer (Habits of Grace)
- ☒ A book about marriage (The Dude’s Guide to Marriage)
- ☒ A book by or about a pastor’s wife (Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife)
- ☒ A historical book (American Exceptionalism and Civil Religion)
- ☒ A book about the Bible (The Miracles of Jesus)
- ☒ A book about astronomy (The Ultimate Star Wars and Philosophy)
- ☒ A book by or about the church fathers (Augustine on The Christian Life)
- ☒ A book about science (How to Be an Atheist)
- ☒ A book about preaching (Preaching the Whole Counsel of God)
- ☒ A book about the church (The Scandal of The Evangelical Mind)