Since I’ve dived into Peterson’s latest in the Spiritual Theology series, I’m now staring intently at a blank sheet for what I’m targeting for reading as I close out the year. For now, I’m merely listing out a few that pique my interest. There’s a couple that are still sitting on my Reading List but I’ve not gotten around to. Fortunately, I’m at least down to releases that are out in trade paperback form … so if I get around to them, they’ll neither bankrupt me, nor will they intrude greatly on my other reading objectives.
One requisite point in making this list: Joel’s new book has already been pre-purchased. It’ll get read within a week of picking up my copy from the bookstore. So don’t think I’m leaving that out.
Anywho, here’s the early list of future reading candidates …
» Simple Gifts: Great Hymns: One Man’s Search for Grace (Bill Henderson)
This one got on my radar while trolling through a bookstore. I absolutely love the concept, but it doesn’t exactly parallel my own. I guess that’s been enough for me to delay getting it, but seeing this priced insanely inexpensively now, it’s a given.
» Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense (NT Wright)
I’ve just recently stumbled onto N.T. Wright’s work. No telling how quickly I’ll decide to dive into his work, but this one looks like a safe bet for being first.
» Lord or Legend? (Greg Boyd, Paul Rhodes Eddy)
I’m torn on this one … I’m not a big fan of apologetics, but I’m a huge fan of Boyd’s (Paul Eddy’s no slouch either). I may need to flip through this one to be totally sold. If I remember correctly, there’s some nice, added context to Boyd’s more popular release, “Myth of a Christian Nation.” If I see that in there, I’m locked into this one. If not, I’ll continue dithering.
» A New Kind of Conservative (Joel Hunter)
I’m not sure I can fully note how conflicted I am in my interest here. I generally enjoy reading about (less so, blogging about) the intersection of faith & politics. I enjoy Hunter’s sermons greatly. Still, I add this to the list with a slight bit of trepidation.
» The Politics of Jesus (John Yoder)
Again, back to the intersection genre, it would seem. Yoder’s book is heavily recommended from Boyd’s book and the sermons that went into that book. I only briefly skimmed through it once a while back. Definitely a different take than what I expect from Hunter’s book. I’m sure some of that will be for the good and some will irritate a bit more. Maybe between the two of them, I’ll enjoy the heck out of ’em.
» The Politics of Jesus : Rediscovering the True Revolutionary Nature of Jesus’ Teachings and How They Have Been Corrupted (Obery M. Hendricks)
More of the same? Maybe. Chances are, I’ll have to sit down with both this and Yoder’s for a preview.
» God and Empire: Jesus Against Rome, Then and Now (John Dominic Crossan)
See note above. This is a more recent find, so I put this at the end of the priority list for now. Consider it a darkhorse candidate in this genre, though. I’m generally more interested in this discussion based on the way Crossan’s title captures the genre moreso than the previous two. I’ve not seen enough on either of the three authors writing on this subject to make one stand out beyond the rest. Adding to that, Crossan is the one who’s background primarily gives me more pause than anxiousness to get the book. Quite frankly, I’d rather see Greg Boyd flesh out the concept a lot more. But I can certainly forgive him for having a church to tend to and a wider array of interests that prevail over suiting my own individual demands. Eventually, I’ll settle on at least one from the above three.
» Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, & Priorities of a Winning Life (Tony Dungy)
This could be a given. It’s hard not to be an admirer of Dungy’s for a variety of reasons.
» The Jesus I Never Knew (Philip Yancey)
Saw this on the shelves at Lakewood for something like $9.99. Don’t they know that putting Yancey books that cheap in front of me is like serving alcohol at an AA meeting? I’ll probably wait for a moment when I’ve just got $10 burning a hole in my pocket and pick this up on impulse. I did flip through it this weekend to see if I could cheap my way out of buying “Christ Plays ….” No dice, though. At least not yet.
» The Great Omission: Reclaiming Jesus’s Essential Teachings on Discipleship (Dallas Willard)
This one has made the list before, then it sorta vanished, and now it’s back. I flipped through it for a second or third time a few months ago and it somehow struck me anew as worth reading. I’m weird like that. Well, among other numerous ways.
It’s odd how sometimes it’ll feel like there’s too much for me to find time to read, only to find other times where it strikes me that there’s not enough new material beckoning me to read through. Even with the list above, it feels more like the latter than the former. And yet, there’s still numerous books out there by the likes of Yancey, Manning, Volf, etc … that I’ve not made my way through.