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2016 Reading List

2016 One-Word Reviews:

1. Unconditional? / Brian Zahnd / Challenging-But-Needed
2. Star Wars: Aftermath / Chuck Wendig / Average
3. St. Paul: The Apostle We Love to Hate / Karen Armstrong / ‘The trouble with our Liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.’ – Ronald Reagan
4. The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brains / Nicholas Carr / Thought-Provoking
5. Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World / Naomi Baron / So-So
6. Search for the Immortal Soul / Daniel Knauft / Weak
7. Absalom, Absalom! / William Faulkner / Intense
8. ISIS: The State of Terror / Jessica Stern & J.M. Berger / Important
9. How to Be a Christian without Being Religious / Fritz Ridenour / …Meh…
10. Fluent in 3 Months / Benny Lewis / Encouraging
11. The Pastor as Public Theologian / Kevin Vanhoozer & Owen Strachan / Needed
12. The Confession of St. Patrick / St. Patrick / Encouraging
13. The Very Good Gospel / Lisa Sharon Harper / So-So
14. The Revelation Explained / F. G. Smith / A-House-Of-Cards
15. The Symbols Speak / Lillie McCutcheon / The-Revelation-Explained-Condensed
16. Wake the Bride: Facing the Last Days with Your Eyes Wide Open / Jeff Kinley / Leave-It-Behind
17. The Sounding of the 7 Trumpets / Emerson Wilson / Hermeneutically-Inconsistent
18. The Unseen Realm / Dr. Michael Heiser / Fascinating
19. Studies in the New Testament: Revelation / Dr. Otto Linn / Thought-Povokingly-Preterist
20. Confessions / St. Augustine / Philosophical
21. Messy Grace / Caleb Kaltenbach / Needed
22. The Mosaic of Christian Belief / Roger E. Olson / Fantastic
23. Augustine of Hippo: A Biography / Peter Brown / Great
24. The Great Courses: St. Augustine’s The Confessions / Ronald Herzman & William Cook / Highly-Informative
25. Silence / Shusaku Endo / Challengingly-Good
26. Social-Science Commentary on the Book of Revelation / Bruce Malina & John Pilch / Different
27. The Last Disciple / Hank Hanegraaff & Sigmund Brouwer / Average
28. When God Spoke Greek: The Septuagint and the Making of the Christian Bible / Timothy Michael Law / Important
29. The Revelation with Gospel and Prophecy / J.F.Lawson, P.D.Turnbow, & D.W.Rogers / Convoluted
30. The Apache Wars / Paul Andrew Hutton / Tragic
31. Gregory the Great: Ascetic, Pastor, and First Man of Rome / George E. Demacopoulos / Interesting
32. The Last Sacrifice / Hank Hanegraaff & Sigmund Brouwer / Slightly-Less-Than-Average
33. Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes / E. Randolph Richards & Brandon J. O’Brien / Required-Reading
34. Saving the Bible from Ourselves / Glenn R. Paauw / Inspiring
35. How to Think Theologically / Howard W. Stone & James O. Duke / Excellent
36. Apocalyptic Literature: A Reader / Editor: Mitchell G. Reddish / Fascinating
37. The Great Courses: The Apocalypse: Controversies and Meaning in Western History / Craig Koester / Enlightening
38. Bearing False Witness: Debunking Centuries of Anti-Catholic History / Rodney Stark / Surprising
39. The Prophecies of Daniel and the Revelation / Uriah Smith / Don’t Bother
40. The Revelation with Gospel and Prophecy / W.S.Goodnight, J.F.Lawson, & G.W. Pendleton / Still-Convoluted
41. Hidden But Now Revealed: A Biblical Theology of Mystery / G.K. Beale & Benjamin Gladd / Fascinating
42. Questions to All Your Answers: The Journey from Folk Religion to Examined Faith / Roger E. Olson / Thought-Provoking
43. The Naturalist: Theodore Roosevelt, a Lifetime of Exploration, and the Triumph of American Natural History / Darrin Lunde / Specialized
44. 11/22/63 / Stephen King / Engrossing
45. Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul / Richard B. Hays / Wow
46. Modern Critical Interpretations: The Revelation of Saint John the Divine / Editor – Harold Bloom / …Meh…
47. Getting Religion / Kenneth Woodward / Interesting
48. The Lost World of Genesis One / John H. Walton / Paradigm-Shifting
49. Scripture and the Authority of God / N.T. Wright / Foundational
50. The Facade / Michael S. Heiser / So-So
51. The Divine Comedy / Dante, Translated by John Ciardi / Epic
52. Forever Words: The Unknown Poems / Johnny Cash / Delightful
53. Time And Again / Jack Finney / Not Bad