Reading Christian books


Over the past few years, my reading of Christian books has largely been focussed on books relevant to the PhD, books for review, and books we’re reading as a staff team at church. This year I want to make sure I get to read some other things of my own choice. So I’m planning to have at least one book on the go each month. For longer books, I’ve found it really helps me to read on my Kindle. Partly this is because the Kindle is lighter, smaller and more portable. I also love the progress bar – I know that if I read about 3% each day, I stand a good chance of getting to the end of a book in about a month. Of course some books can be read much more quickly than this, but even a 500 page book only needs just over 16 pages a day to be finished in the time. That seems manageable to me.

If you can’t commit to reading a book a month, how about committing to reading a chapter (or two) a week? I like to set aside an hour or so on a Sunday afternoon for this, but you could find another time that suits you. Some books are better read at this slower pace, with plenty of time to think and reflect as you go. Or maybe find a couple of other people at your church and commit to reading the same book, then meeting up to discuss it.

I haven’t finalised my list yet, but here are some of the books I’m hoping to read in 2015:

Chance and the Sovereignty of God: A God-Centered Approach to Probability and Random Events, Vern Poythress
Dr Poythress is possibly the cleverest man I’ve ever met and I’m really excited about this book which combines his two fields of doctoral work: maths and theology.

Faith Speaking Understanding: Performing the Drama of Doctrine, Kevin Vanhoozer
I love Vanhoozer’s work on scripture and the divine speech-act and I’m pleased that he’s written a more accessible book on the subject.

Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More — Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist, Karen Swallow Prior
I don’t really know anything about More, but I do like to read Christian biographies.

PROOF: Finding Freedom through the Intoxicating Joy of Irresistible Grace, Daniel Montgomery and Timothy Paul Jones
I am judging this book by its cover, which I love!

Our Father, Richard Coekin
Because it’s always good to have more help and encouragement to pray.

The Gospel and the Mind, Brad Green
I’m always glad to see evangelicals taking seriously the command to love God with our minds and I’m interested to see what Brad has to say on the subject.

Desiring God, John Piper
This has been on the shelf for years. Maybe in 2015 I’ll finally read it!