A few days ago, I listed ten top books that I read in 2009. But in this post, I wanted to list some top books that I would like to read in the year 2010. They are in no particular order.
1. Jesus and the Victory of God by N.T. Wright (This is volume 2 of Wright’s series Christian Origins and the Question of God. Of course, I would like to read the two other volumes – The New Testament and the People of God and The Resurrection of the Son of God, but I am not sure if they will make 2010, since they are each massive works. I’d like to get into them all, but I’m just not sure. I believe there will be a total of six volumes in this series when it is completed.)
2. The Future of Justification: A Response to N.T. Wright by John Piper (I’ve read N.T. Wright’s book, Justification: God’s Plan and Paul’s Vision. Now I want to go back and read Piper’s book, which was written prior to Wright’s book, though Wright has been speaking and writing on this for decades. I’ve blogged about the debate on the ‘new perspective’ here.)
3. Desiring God by John Piper (I’ve dipped into the first couple of chapters before, but I’d like to read it fully very soon.)
4. The Story of Christianity by Justo Gonzalez (I originally read this two-volume work about seven years ago when I took two semesters of church history. But I am interested in reading and studying more on church history, so I want to go back and start with this work.)
5. The Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View by Richard Tarnas (I originally read this in university in a philosophy class, but I want to go back and re-read it to refresh my memory in regards to the development of western thought, at least from a non-Christian’s perspective. I don’t think I paid too much attention to the book when I had to read it some ten years ago.)
6. The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama (In 2009, I read Dreams From My Father, and blogged about it here. Now I want to follow up that book with his more recent title.)
7. Perelandra and That Hideous Strength by C.S. Lewis (I started The Space Triology a couple of weeks back and posted some thoughts here. I plan to spend the early days of 2010 finishing out the series.)
8. The Fourth Book of The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini (I read the third book, Brisingr, in 2009. I am now awaiting the fourth and final book to hopefully be released in 2010. I truly enjoy fantasy fiction!)
I’m sure there are others that will come up over the year, but that is a start for now. Should be some good and interesting reading.
This looks like a great list! I find, though, that there’s a conspicuous absense of novels. And I know that conventional wisdom holds that nonfiction is the only way to expand our consciousness. Our “prodigal thought” so to speak. Yet, the most thought-provoking text I read last year was The Lost Daughter by Daralyse Lyons. It’s what I’d call a psychological recovery text and deeply evocative. Got me thinking… I suggest reading it to provoke thoughts and emotions and also as a break from some of the nonfiction reading listed here which (while good) can feel a bit dry…