What Should I Be Reading

Learning to think reflectively and carefully about Christian faith and life requires a patient and disciplined apprenticeship to those of the past and present who model such thinking. The following list comprises an eclectic collection roughly divided between the devotional (Edwards, Allen), sermonic (McClendon, Rutledge, and Webster), and theological (Barth, Hauerwas, Hunter, Noll, and Tanner). Yet all of these books display hard-edged insight and wisdom in plumbing the mysteries of the faith and confessing that faith before the world. Some of these works are very accessible, others more challenging, but each exemplify sanctified reason in service to the Gospel and the church. They are exercises in discipleship set forth in thought and speech and, in turn, they may serve those who seek to love God with their entire existence—heart, soul, strength, and mind (Luke 10:27).  

  1. The Divine Intruder: When God Breaks Into Your Life, James R. Edwards
  2. Temptation, Diogenes Allen
  3. Making Gospel Sense to a Troubled Church, James Wm. McClendon, Jr.
  4. Help My Unbelief, Fleming Rutledge
  5. Confronted by Grace: Meditations of a Theologian, John Webster 
  6. Jesus Christ and the Life of the Mind, Mark A. Noll
  7. Christ the Key, Kathryn Tanner 
  8. Evangelical Theology, Karl Barth 
  9. The Work of Theology, Stanley Hauerwas
  10. To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, & Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World, James Davidson Hunter 

Covers of Books that I Should Be Reading