Over the past several weeks, we made our way through three review series. One was on Jesus, one the resurrection, and one on justification. By doing a series, I was able to say more about the books in question, but was also better able to process what I had read. I decided that was a good format, and so I’m going to continue that with a couple of new books.
Looking at the reviews lined up to do, I noticed a couple of patterns emerge. Though I’m not going to start another blog series, the reviews can be grouped thematically. Just so you’ve got a heads up on what to look forward to, here’s what you can expect for the next 6 weeks or so.
Hopefully as we worked through N. T. Wright’s works, you could see the importance of history to the Christian faith and that there is nothing to fear in a good historical study. I’ve got several books related to the historical foundations of Christianity as well as the importance of church history. Some are apologetic in nature, others are more informative, and one is intensely practical. You got the first of these last week, but here’s the rest:
- Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine
- Do Historical Matters Matter to Faith? (preview here)
- Reading Scripture With The Reformers (preview here)
- RetroChristianity: Reclaiming the Forgotten Faith (preview here)
- Canon Revisited: Establishing The Origins and Authority of The New Testament Books (preview here)
In addition to an historical focus running through the next several weeks, I’m also digging into some books related to the wisdom literature. Two are courtesy of Baker Academic, and the other is part of a blog tour for Kregel
- Psalms as Torah: Reading Biblical Song Ethically (preview here)
- Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible: Proverbs and Ecclesiastes (preview here)
- A Commentary on the Pslams, Volume 1: Psalm 1-41 (preview here)
Though it hasn’t been a major theme in the past several months, I do have quite an interest in counseling. If you look at my list of books reviewed, practical theology is the longest. Even at the moment, it is something I am exploring as I develop my understanding of how I can best be used in ministry. One of the books below, though aimed directly at developing a counseling ministry, has applications outside that field, and I’m hoping to tease that out through a multi-part review. One is historical, and could be placed in the first list, while the others are simply practical theology books.
- The Biblical Counseling Movement: History and Context (preview here)
- Lifted: Experiencing the Resurrected Life (preview here)
- The Explicit Gospel (preview here)
- Depression: Looking Up From The Stubborn Darkness (preview here)
- Loving Well (Even When You Haven’t Been) (preview here)
- Equipping Counselors for Your Church (preview here)
Though not really a category, I did want to roll out here an overdue and upcoming multi-part review for Kevin Vanhoozer’s The Drama of Doctrine. I finished the book all the way back in the fall, but shortly before Christmas. It was one of the best and most important books I read last year, but I also knew it would take time to process and probably needed a review series. Up until know, I’ve just been too busy, though I probably would have gotten to his book sooner if it weren’t for the books related to Easter. In any case, Vanhoozer’s book is kind of like a hermeneutics of theology, cast in the metaphor of drama. I thought the multi-part review would be helpful to explain this more, that way people who will never read his book can benefit from his insights,and those who should will have a head start digesting the ideas.
Here’s what we’re looking at for the series:
- Part One: Drama
- Part Two: The Script
- Part Three: The Dramaturge
- Part Four: The Performance
I may not post in consecutive weeks like the others one did, but I should be pretty close to consistent. I think you’ll really enjoy it, and hopefully you’ll never really think about theology in the same way once we’re done.
There are a few other miscellaneous reviews coming down the pike, but this gives you a heads up on the bulk of the ones coming soonest. You could, if you would leave a comment below, have a say in what comes first. Most of these books are ready to be reviewed, and I don’t have a particular publishing sequence in mind. If there’s something you’d like to see sooner rather than later, just let me know and I’ll make it happen!