I’ve found that when it comes to blogging, I tend to go back and forth between being over-disciplined (to the neglect of perhaps more important tasks), to being so occasional that I easily outpace my review requests. This past blogging season has been the latter. While it has been good to take a slight break, I’d like to be a little more disciplined, for a couple of reasons at least. First, I need to write more frequently. This helps me fulfill reviews, but it also helps me think more clearly. Second, I’d like to be more organized in general, and this is a particular way to pursue that. Reading is easier than writing and too often I take the path of least resistant with my discretionary time.
With that in mind, I’m going to start forecasting reviews that I have coming up during the month and try to pair them together in groups of 2-3 each week. The groups will be thematic, or at least related to each other in some way. For this month, here’s what I’ve got:
This week I’ll have a New Books of Note post featuring some shorter, lighter books (From Topic to Thesis, The Dude’s Guide to Marriage, The Imperfect Pastor, More). The main reviews though will be Richard Lints volume in New Studies in Biblical Theology, Identity and Idolatry: The Image of God and Its Inversion and Daniel Strange’s Their Rock is Not Like Our Rock: A Theology of Religions. Both of these titles focus heavily on the early chapters of Genesis as well as the concept of idolatry. Lints’ book is more about how idolatry in general forms, while Strange’s book is more about the nature of world religions from a Reformed theological perspective.
Next week, I want to turn attention to the early church. As promised, I’ll have a review of Augustine on The Christian Life to start the Theologians on The Christian Life series. In addition, I’ll have some thoughts on David Wilhite’s The Gospel According to Heretics: Discovering Orthodoxy through Early Christological Conflicts. In the case of these two, there isn’t much conceptual overlap, but they do deal with the same period of church history.
In the final week of February, I’ll finish with three books on the Trinity (obviously). First, I’ll talk about Wesley Hill’s Paul and The Trinity, the first book I finished this year. Next, assuming I stay on track with reading, I’ll post on The Birth of The Trinity: Jesus, God, and Spirit in New Testament and Early Christian Interpretations of the Old Testament. Based on my thematic ordering, this could have been placed in the previous week, but then I’d only have two Trinity books and that just won’t do! I suppose if I had made more headway in The Oxford Handbook of The Trinity, I could post on it here, and have three reviews in back to back weeks. That’s kind of aggressive though. Instead, I’ll wrap up here with Roderick Durst’s Reordering the Trinity: Six Movements of God in The New Testament.
That gives you an idea what I have planned. Often, I will try to introduce new blog features only to abandon them shortly after. This may very well be another one of those failed experiments. Hopefully not!