Friday, April 15, 2011

What are you reading?

I mentioned once before that it is not unusual for me to be reading several books at one time. This week is no different.

I just finished N.T. Wright Scripture and the authority of God. I didn't realize when I bought it that it was a second edition of The Last Word, but since I hadn't read that one I was not upset.

Earlier this week I started two other books. Scot Mcknight's One Life Zondervan, 2011) and Carolyn Custis James When Life and Beliefs Collide (zondervan, 2002).

On the floor next to the bed I have Ken Follet The Pillars of the Earth (Signet, 2010). Actually, I read it a few years back, but wanted to read it again before I watch the mini-series that was made last year.

That is what I am reading at home. At work, besides emails and student papers, I have a number of commentaries and articles on 1 & 2 Thessalonians for the commentary I am writing.

So what are you reading?


  1. Jesus, Paul and the People of God: A Theological Dialogue with N.T Wright

    The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as possible

    Reading in Communion: Scripture and Ethics in the Christian Life

    And slowly making my way through the Hauerwas Reader

  2. What do you think of the Year of Livingly Biblically? I have thought about reading it. It sounds like it would be a bit funny at times.

  3. Gee, let me think...
    Gavenza's Thess. commentary, Fee's Thess. commentary, Wanamaker's Thess. commentary, Perspectives on the World Christian Movement, Alan Hirsch's The Forgotten Way, Teleford's Missions in the 21st Century, and Roxburgh and Boren's Introducing the Missional Church.
    I love being a student!

  4. I can sympathise with you on this one; I usually have about 10 books going at once. To answer your question, I refer to my 'reading list' page:

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

    Take care,

  5. I, too, did not realize that Scripture and the Authority of God was just a re-release of The Last Word until after I had purchased it. The only difference in texts seems to be the addition of the case studies at the end. I think he wanted to re-release it because he said in an interview that he hated the title, The Last Word, that the publisher picked out. He said, if anything, the book is meant to spur further dialog, not stand as the final word on the matter.

    Anyway, aside from books for class, I am reading Mark Allan Powell's What is Narrative Criticism and Richard Dawkins' The Greatest Show on Earth.

  6. In regards to a Year of Living Biblically, I have really enjoyed it so far. At times I found myself laughing out loud. I thought it would be an attack on the Christian faith and the Bible, but I have found that not to be the case.

    I'm not quite finished, but I would definitely recommend it.

  7. Currently Reading:

    "A History of Money" by Glyn Davies

    "The Passions and the Interests" by Albert Hirshman

    "Basics of Biblical Greek" by Mounce

    In The Queue (aka next to my bed!):

    "Religion and the Rise of Capitalism" by RH Tawney

    "The Churching of America, 1776-2005: Winners and Losers in Our Religious Economy, Revised and Expanded Edition" by Finke and Stark

    Recently Read

    "Summer in a Glass" Evan Dawson

  8. Hmm, I just ordered Year of Living Biblically. I will let you know what I think

    Mike, you are "reading" Mounce? No one does that. :)

  9. I just finished "The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs" by Carmine Gallo. I'm getting ready to read "Enchantment" by Guy Kawasaki.

  10. For what series are you writing the Thessalonians commentary? Thessalonians is something I've been working on for a while and I try to keep up to date with whats going on in that field. Will it focus on mainly historical or theological issues?

  11. Ha ha! John, good point ... well, let's say I'm *wrestling* with Mounce and will be for the foreseeable future.

  12. Sean,

    It is a new series from Zondervan edited by Scot McKnight. It will be about 60% historical/theological exposition and 40% application.