Though I had originally intended to abstain from book requests this first quarter, that only last about a month. I am though more targeted in my requests and don’t feel the burden to turn a book into a review so quickly. Hopefully this will improve the quality of my reviews and streamline the process.
This month I’ve got several notable books in my reading queue (actually I’ve already finished two in the picture):
- From Eerdmans: The Unrelieved Paradox: Studies in Theology of Franz Bibfeldt ed. by Martin Marty
- From Wipf & Stock: Between Babel and Beast: America and Empire in Biblical Perspective by Peter Leithart
- From IVP Academic: Preaching the New Testament ed. David Wenham & Ian Paul
- From Crossway: Logic: A God Centered Approach to The Foundations of Western Thought by Vern Poythress
- From Zondervan Academic: Pilgrim Theology: Core Doctrines For Christian Disciples by Michael Horton
- From Oxford University Press: The Bible and The Believer: How to Read The Bible Critically and Religiously by Marc Brettler, Daniel Harrington, & Peter Enns
If more titles come in today or tomorrow, I’ll update the list (but not the picture). I do know of another couple or so in transit, but I’ll let you know about them when they get here.
You may be surprised that I requested Horton’s Pilgrim Theology after how critical I was of The Christian Faith. To be honest, I’m hoping it’ll be a better product. Since Horton seemed out of his depth in certain detailed doctrinal discussions, I was guessing that a revamped edition of the book aimed at a popular audience would bypass issues like that. I was also curious to see if this proved to be a much better edited volume, as well as a volume that would be useful in teaching situations. Since I basically wouldn’t really recommend The Christian Faith as a go-to systematic theology to anyone, I wanted to see if Pilgrim Theology might be a recommendable to some readers within the popular audience, as well as a resource I could use in teaching theology. So far, my initial impressions are positive, and I haven’t found much to be critical of, so that is a good sign!
The last volume listed above is me requesting a book outside my comfort zone of reading. Not because it’ll be a difficult read, but because it is kind of like a 3 views book where I know from the outset I’ll disagree with all three views (since one is Jewish, one is Catholic, and one is Peter Enns). I am curious to see how the discussion is handled, and honestly I requested this book to see Enns in action. Though I disagree with sharply with his approach to Scripture, I want to see how he discusses it out of evangelical earshot (so to speak).
The volume from IVP I didn’t actually request. I thought about requesting it after I retweeted a link to it. But less than a week later, I found it my mailbox. Guess they’re getting to the point of mind reading over at IVP!
Lastly, everyone who loves America needs to read Leithart’s Between Babel and Beast: America and Empire in Biblical Perspective. I’ll say more in my review, but Leithart writes as someone who loves his country, but who is not afraid to criticize what he calls the heresy of Americanism. I thought it was a great read and I’m looking forward to putting together the review!
In the meantime, I’ve got another review to put together for tomorrow and a throat cold to fight off this afternoon, which means another busy day here in sunny Florida!