2019 Reading List

2019 One-Word Reviews

January:

1. Metaphysics: Constructing a World View (Contours of Christian Philosophy) / William Hasker / Helpful

2. Fear: Trump in the White House / Bob Woodward / Insane

3. Final Fantasy VII: On the Way to a Smile / Kazushige Nojima / Good

4. Miracles / C. S. Lewis / Thought-Provoking

5. The Case for Jesus: The Biblical and Historical Evidence for Christ / Brant Pitre / Must Read

6. William Booth: Soup, Soap, and Salvation (Christian Heroes: Then & Now) / Janet Benge & Geoff Benge / Inspiring

7. Misery: A Novel / Stephen King / Brutal

February:

8. Homiletics / Karl Barth / Thought-Provoking

9. Undeniable: How Biology Confirms Our Intuition That Life Is Designed / Douglas Axe / Enlightening

10. The Cure: What if God isn’t who you think He is and neither are you? / John Lynch, Bruce McNicol & Bill Thrall / Powerful

March:

11. Grace to Lead: Practicing Leadership in the Wesleyan Tradition, Revised Edition / Kenneth Carder & Laceye Warner / Practical

12. Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story / K.M. Weiland / Practical

13. Designing the Sermon: Order and Movement in Preaching / James Earl Massey / Excellent

14. Cross-Cultural Connections: Stepping Out and Fitting In Around the World / Duane Elmer / So-So

15. The Missional Leader: Equipping Your Church to Reach a Changing World / Alan J. Roxburgh & Fred Romanuk / Practical & Innovative

April:

16. Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design / Stephen Meyer / Fascinating

17. The Modern Scholar: The Philosophy of Thomas Aquinas / Peter Kreeft / Educational

18. Aquinas for Armchair Theologians / Timothy M. Renick / Educational

19. The Homiletical Plot, Expanded Edition: The Sermon as Narrative Art Form / Eugene Lowry / Eye-Opening

20. Choosing to Preach: A Comprehensive Introduction to Sermon Options and Structures / Kenton C. Anderson / Practical-and-Inspiring

May:

21. C. S. Lewis — A Life: Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet / Alister McGrath / Fascinating

22. Evolving in Monkey Town: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask the Questions / Rachel Held Evans / Grief-Inducing

23. Darwin Devolves: The New Science About DNA That Challenges Evolution / Michael Behe / Excellent

24. Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard / Chip & Dan Heath / Powerful

25. Aquinas (A Beginner’s Guide) / Edward Feser / Deep

26. Never Go Back: 10 Things You’ll Never Do Again / Dr. Henry Cloud / Highly-Practical

27. Birth of a Reformation: The Life and Labors of Daniel Sidney Warner / A.L. Byers / Lacking

28. A Change of Heart: A Personal and Theological Memoir / Thomas C. Oden / Inspiring

June:

29. Modern Revivalism: From Charles Grandison Finney to Billy Graham / William G. McLoughlin / Eye-Opening

30. A Practical Guide to Culture / John Stonestreet & Brett Kunkle / Indispensable

31. Preparing for Change Reaction: How to Introduce Change in Your Church / Bob Whitesel / Practical

July:

32. The Odyssey / Homer, Trans. by Emily Wilson / Fanastic!

August:

33. The Dragons of Babel / Michael Swanwick / A Hodge-Podge

34. Reading Romans Backwards: A Gospel of Peace in the Midst of Empire / Scot McKnight / Powerful

35. The Morals of the Story: Good News About a Good God / David Baggett & Marybeth Baggett / Meandering

36. The Epic of Eden / Sandra Richter / Excellent

37. Ultralearning / Scott Young / Inspiring-and-Practical

38. Beginning Biblical Hebrew / John Cook & Robert Holmstedt / So-So

39. Koine Greek Grammar / Frederick Long / Comprehensive

40. Exporting the Rapture / Donald Akenson / Fascinating

41. Is God a Moral Monster? / Paul Copan / A-Needed-Apologetic

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