Reading List: Revisited for 2014


Summer is in full swing.

Right now it’s 5.29am, dark and the temperature gauge is reading 20 degrees. These past few days in particular have hit us with a ‘scorching band of intense heat’ (heat wave).  Unless we get some rain, a southern wind and some decent cloud coverage, the gauge is bound to climb.

The more relaxed pace this all brings has prompted me to renew my ongoing, and ever-expanding list of books to read. It seems only right to revisit established lists and reform them – not simply because this seems to be a trendy thing for bloggers to post about, but, because January is traditionally Australia’s Holiday month. Thirdly, reform is good practice for Christians, and finally, I couldn’t shake the idea after reading this post[i] on Sis’ blog DelightfulOak a few days back.

Reading list revisited:


Public man Private Woman, Jean Bethke Elshtain 1981

Democracy on Trial, Jean Bethke Elshtain 1995

The Lord of the ring: Uncovering (Count Zinzendorf),  Phil Anderson 2007

Church Dogmatics (Vol.4:4 & Vol 1:1), Karl Barth

Creation, Power and Truth Tom Wright, 2013

A Confession, Leo Tolstoy

Current List:

1. Preaching to a post-everything world, Zack Eswine 2008
2. Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking Susan Cain, 2012
3. Subversive Obedience Truth-telling and the Art of Preaching, Walter Brueggemann, 2011
4. Karl Barth: Theologian of Witness, Jospeh L. Mangina
5. Between past and present, Hannah Arendt 1954
6. Augustine and the Limits of Politics, Jean Bethke Elshtain
7. The kindergarden of Eden, Evan Sayet 2012
8. The Children of Men, P.D. James 1992
9.  Cost of Discipleship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer 1948
10. Ethics, Dietrich Bonhoeffer 1955
11. Church Dogmatics, Karl Barth (all of em)
12. Legalizing Misandry, Paul Nathanson & Katherine Young 2006
13. Lord of the Flies, William Goldman 1954
14. Galatians For You: Commentary, Timothy Keller
15. Moravian Texts for 2014
16. Bonhoeffer, Christ and Culture, Johnson & Larsen 2013
17. Neo-orthodoxy, Swayer 2012
18. Simone Weil and Theology, Stone & Stone[ii]
19. Million Little Ways, Uncover the Art you were made to live, Emily Freeman
20. Beyond Charity, John Perkins
21. Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout, Patrick Moore

[i] ‘First Things First’, Sis @DelightfulOak
[ii] Thanks to Kevin Davis for recently pointing this one out on his blog After Existentialism, Light


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