I am currently reading three books and plan to post book reviews for five other books sitting on my desk. But the book reviews might come out in one per week installments, due to other more important matters and consideration of other articles to post in the near future. But we shall see.
The current books I am reading are:
1) Becoming a True Spiritual Community by Larry Crabb. I’ve read this book before but under it’s previous name, The Safest Place on Earth. And I kind of like that title a little better. But we are currently (and slowly) reading through and discussing this book in our home group. We should finish by the end of June.
2) Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright. This is Wright’s great treatise on the doctrines of the resurrection of Christ, the resurrection of believers, heaven, hell, paradise, purgatory, the second coming, and how this all affects the mission of the church. I am currently about a third of the way through at chapter 7 – Jesus, Heaven and New Creation.
3) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. I love fiction, especially suspense-crime and fantasy fiction. When I told someone that I was a John Grisham fan, they recommended Larsson’s The Millenium Triology. So I was lent the books this week and have just begun.
These are the five books sitting on my desk, which I hope to provide my thoughts on soon:
2) A New Kind of Christianity by Brian McLaren. I recently finished and posted some thoughts on McLaren’s A Generous Orthodoxy. But his most recent release takes an even more radical path of challenging much of our current thinking in western Christianity. I hope to post thoughts on this book next week.
3) Love & War by John and Stasi Eldredge. Though some evangelicals struggle with the theology of Eldredge (though, I must admit, I think the charges are a bit silly), I confess that I truly like Eldredge’s books. Right from the beginning, with The Sacred Romance, up to this most recent release, with Love & War, I have generally appreciated Eldredge’s thoughts. Sometimes, his words are a bit repetitive across the varying books (he’s written about 12 now). But I generally enjoy what he has to say about the spiritual life, the life of men, (his wife) on the life of women, and their recent thoughts on marriage. Here is my review from last year on his book, The Way of the Wild Heart.
4) Justification: God’s Plan and Paul’s Vision by N.T. Wright and 5) The Future of Justification: A Response to N.T. Wright by John Piper. I group these two books together because they are part of the same debate on what is known as the new perspective on Paul. I summarise the debate in this article. I finished both books a few months back but would like to go back and re-read my highlighted parts and read some of the more pertinent biblical passages to the debate. After that, I then hope to provide some thoughts on the two books and the debate.
That’s where I am at with books right now. Maybe next week I will update my list of books that I really would like to read in the last half of 2010. This was my list back in early January.