In a previous post, I listed some books that are on my list to read.  I want to highlight a couple of more books on my list and some that I’m reading now for some great summer reading!!


Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church: A Guide  for Ministry by Michael Lawrence.  I had lunch with him in DC when I attended the 9Marks Weekender.  Great book so far (currently reading) on examining the biblical storyline as a whole and how the pieces fit together in God’s redemptive plan through Christ.  And then, of course, how does our theology shape our ministry in the church.

The Church and the Surprising Offense of God’s Love: Reintroducing the Doctrines of Church Membership by Jonathan Leeman.  Also had lunch with him while at the 9Marks Weekender!  Thick and meaty book on the subject.  Very engaging.  His examination on why church membership is offensive to people today is excellent. 

The Courage to be Protestant: Truth Lovers, Marketers, Emergents, and the Postmoder World by David Wells.  Doesn’t the title say it all?  David Wells is an excellent writer and culimates his decade long observation and analysis of what is happening to western evangelicalism.  I couldn’t put it down once I read the intoduction.

Old Evangelicalism: Old Truths for a New Awakening by Ian Murray.  Ian Murray is a great writer and along a similar vein as David Wells in examining western evangelicalism.  However, he is well-read concerning  17th-19th century evangelicalism and compares “then” and “now”.  I find his analysis very even-handed and never scathing, but he will give a well-researched and credible critique when needed.

The Forgotten Spurgeon by Ian Murray.  Another one by Ian Murray.  A biography on Spurgeon, a historical hero of mine!

Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl: Wide-Eyed Wonder in God’s Spoken World by N.D. Wilson.  Nate Wilson is a very gifted and imaginative writer.  He has written the 100 Cupboard series for kids (My daughter has read them all.  I’m starting to read those too!)

Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose.  I’ve seen the HBO series and I have the book sitting on my shelf, but haven’t got to reading it yet.  Hopefully, this summer I will!

More books to come at another time!!