I’ve compiled a list of theological books I’d like to read in my spare time for 2013. The goal is to read one book each month. I’ve carefully selected each book based upon a number of factors, namely the topics which I think will be prominent in the coming year. Of course there are some topics which are always being discussed and need to be studied no matter what’s going on. For example, books on family life are always good to read as are topics related to church history. Another factor in the list is the length of the books. Given all that’s going on in my day-to-day life, I’ve avoided adding any particularly lengthy titles.
I must be careful to add that this isn’t an exhaustive list of the books I’ll be reading next year. I’ll have plenty of reading for my seminary classes in addition to this. Plus I’ll also be reading other stuff as time permits. Above all else, none of this will supplant my primary reading responsibility of the daily reading of Scripture. Since I spend about two hours a day on the road commuting to and from work, I’ll throw in some audio books as well. Anyway, here’s the breakdown:
January – Are We Together?: A Protestant Analyzes Roman Catholicism by R.C. Sproul
February – Called to the Ministry by Edmund P. Clowney
March – The Family by Benjamin M. Palmer
April – For Us and Our Salvation: The Doctrine of Christ in the Early Church by Stephen J. Nichols
May – Josiah’s Reformation by Richard Sibbes (Puritan Paperback series)
June – Evangelism & the Sovereignty of God by J.I. Packer
July – The Expository Genius of John Calvin by Steven J. Lawson
August – Craftsmen: Christ-Centered Proverbs for Men by John Crotts
September – Perspectives on Pentecost: New Testament Teaching on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit by Richard B. Gaffin, Jr.
October – Scripture Alone by R.C. Sproul
November – The Same Sex Controversy: Defending and Clarifying the Bible’s Message About Homosexuality by James R. White & Jeffrey D. Niell
December – What Is a Reformed Church? by Malcolm Watts
That’s pretty much it. I think that’s a modest list. I hope I can keep up!