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2014 Reading

December 11, 2014

At the end of last year my blog feed filled up with everyone’s book lists for the year.  I have never tried to keep track of my reading; but it seems to be pretty common, so I thought I would try.  I got lazy and forgot a lot, but I did enjoy the practice.  I think I’m going to continue and try to be more consistent in the future.

So… (drum roll) … Here are my books from 2014.

***Recommend (this doesn’t mean I agree with the author, but that the reading is worthwhile or beneficial)

**Meh

*Don’t waste your time

Bible stuff

  • ***How Long, O Lord? Reflections on Suffering and Evil, 2nd, D.A. Carson
  • *Evil and the Justice of God. N.T. Wright
  • **God’s Problem, Bart Ehrman
  • ***The Bible in Translation, Bruce Metzger
  • ***The Canon Debate, Ed. by McDonald and Sanders
  • ***What’s in the Word, Ben Witherington
  • *Scripture and Truth, D.A. Carson and John Woodbridge
  • **Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis
  • ***The Reason for God, Tim Keller
  • ***The Gospel of Mark (commentary), Ben Witherington
  • ***Mark (commentary), David Garland
  • ***At the Origins of Christian Worship, Larry Hurtado
  • ***The Earliest Christian Artifacts, Larry Hurtado
  • ** (good reading, but pretty heavy) Lord Jesus Christ, Larry Hurtado
  • ***The Great Divorce, C.S. Lewis
  • **The Problem of Pain, C.S. Lewis
  • **Misquoting Jesus, Bart Ehrman
  • ***Spirituality of the Psalms, Walter Breugemann (the *** only apply to chapters 2-4)

Non-Bible stuff

  • ***The Fellowship of the Ring / The Two Towers / The Return of the King (bi-annual rotation :))
  • ***The Kill Order, James Dashner (4th in series)
  • ***The Giver / Gathering Blue / Messenger / Son, Lois Lowry
  • **The Mysterious Benedict Society, Trenton Lee Stewart
  • ***Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, Seth Grahame-Smith
  • *Wizard of Earthsea, / The Tombs of Atuan, Ursula K. Le Guin
  • ***Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson
  • ***The Curious Case of Dr. Jekell and Mr. Hyde, Robert Stephenson
  • **The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown
  • **100 Cupboards / Dandelion Fire / The Chestnut King, N.D. Wilson
  • (not finished yet) The City of Heavenly Fire, Cassandra Clare (last in series)

Finally, I try to stay reasonably current on blog reading.  I just look at the titles of most entries in my Feedly, but here are some that I benefit from on a regular basis:

I don’t know how I have missed this guy, but he consistently puts out good stuff.  He earns the spot, replacing Witherington from last year, as my current favorite blogger.

Again, I don’t always agree with Witherington, but I regularly benefit from his angle of thought.

I almost always copy and paste Mounce’s post into a Logos note to consider later when I’m studying a passage.

I am less intrigued by Wallace than Mounce, but he does regularly have good info.  He is also good for Bible current events headlines.

Hurtado is great for pointing the direction – like a footnote.  He rarely writes a definitive perspective, but he always seems to point the way to something worthwhile or provide links to free resources.  Can’t beat free!

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