UPDATE: 2013 READING PLAN
Last year, I found myself growing restless with the ubiquity of the neo-reformed pop-theology books. While I was thankful for the thrust of the gospel-centered writing movement, I hoped to be able to process theological thought through filters other than Piper and Driscoll, though I am incredibly grateful for their ministries. I wanted to broaden my horizons. How was I to accomplish this? I concocted a Reading Plan. Read wider. Read deeper. Read imaginatively. Read historically. Read about people.
And that’s exactly what I did. Although I deviated slightly from the intended course (Kant is hard to understand), by God’s grace I was able to read a majority of the originally planned books plus a few extras. No, I didn’t read 500 books this year like Carson. But I set a goal which I felt was tenable. I read what I felt to be a challenging amount of books that broached an arduous yet enjoyable spectrum of topics.
Without further ado, here’s my final list.
- Owen, Mortification of Sin (http://amzn.to/TiDkYc)
- Baxter, A Call to the Unconverted (http://amzn.to/TiDrmo)
- Machen, Christianity and Liberalism (http://amzn.to/TiDw9V)
- Bunyan, Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners (http://amzn.to/TiDz5o)
- Thielicke, A Little Exercise for Young Theologians (http://amzn.to/1jmBMvY)
- First London Baptist Confession, 1646 Edition (http://amzn.to/1jmBTYm)
- Calvin, Institutes volume 1 (http://goo.gl/LB6zQ) reading plan – http://goo.gl/YmYMf
- Calvin, Institutes volume 2 (http://goo.gl/LB6zQ)
- Lane, Reader’s Guide to Calvin's Institutes (http://amzn.to/TfJhGA)
- Calvin, Golden Booklet of the True Christian Life (http://amzn.to/1jmC31U)
- Calvin, Sermons on the Ten Commandments (http://amzn.to/J8dm8w)
- Calvin, Readings From Calvin's Commentaries (350 pg.) (http://amzn.to/1jmCrNY)
- Kant, Critique of Practical Reason (http://amzn.to/TiDDCc)
- Chesterton, Heretics (http://amzn.to/TiDI8S)
- Keathley, Salvation and Sovereignty (http://amzn.to/1jmCBVF)
- Thornbury, Recovering Classic Evangelicalism (http://amzn.to/1jmCJVh)
- Oliphint, Covenental Apologetics (http://amzn.to/1jmCUzT) Read my review and interaction with the author (in the comments section) here.
- Frost, Robert Frost’s Poems (http://amzn.to/TiDUoJ)
- Peterson, On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness (http://amzn.to/TiE1Rg)
- Peterson, North! Or Be Eaten (http://amzn.to/TiE6En)
- Peterson, The Monster in the Hollows (http://amzn.to/TiEcMf)
- Orwell, 1984 (http://amzn.to/TiEgvE)
- Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird (http://amzn.to/TiEqmw)
- Sallinger, Catcher in the Rye (http://amzn.to/TiEvGV)
- Tokien, The Hobbit (http://amzn.to/1jmDmy5)
- Card, Ender’s Game (http://amzn.to/1jmDzkD)
- Kraft, Leaders Who Last– (http://amzn.to/TiFwib)
- Metaxas, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy (http://amzn.to/1jmDLR7)
- Haykin, The Revived Puritan: The Spirituality of George Whitefield (http://amzn.to/1jmDSMp)
- Haykin, Kiffin Knollys & Keach (http://amzn.to/1jmE2DE)
- Haykin, The Armies of the Lamb: The Spirituality of Andrew Fuller (http://amzn.to/1jmEdi8)
- Hart, Defending the Faith: J. Gresham Machen (http://amzn.to/J8f0ao)
- McGrath, C. S. Lewis: A Life: Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet (http://amzn.to/1jmEstD)
- McGrath, The Intellectual World of C.S. Lewis (http://amzn.to/1jmEDVJ)
- Vanauken, A Severe Mercy (http://amzn.to/1jmEYb4)
- Piper, With Calvin in the Theater of God (http://goo.gl/xwnTa)
- Piper, John Calvin and His Passion for the Majesty of God (http://goo.gl/F3XqU)
- Beza, The Life of John Calvin (http://amzn.to/J8fCwH)
- Lamerson, English Grammar to Ace New Testament Greek (http://amzn.to/1jmFBBs)
- Mounce, Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar (http://amzn.to/1jmFHsF)
- Grudem, How Christians Should Relate to Government (http://amzn.to/TiF5EH)
- Dodson, Gospel-Centered Discipleship (http://amzn.to/TiFhUl)
- Packer, Weakness is the Way (http://amzn.to/1jmH5vp) Read my review here
- Grudem, Systematic Theology (262 pg.) (http://amzn.to/1jmG1ro)
- Allison, Historical Theology (253 pg.) (http://amzn.to/1jmGgmq)
- Jones, Four Views of the End Times (http://amzn.to/1jmGk5A)
- Torbet, A History of the Baptists (300 pg.) (http://amzn.to/1jmGqtV)
- Fuller, The Gospel Worthy of All Acceptation (http://amzn.to/1jmGD0j)
- Ware, The Man Christ Jesus (http://amzn.to/1jmGJVD) Read my review here.
- Ware, Father, Son, & Holy Spirit: Relationships, Roles, & Relevance (http://amzn.to/1jmGSbB)
- DeYoung, Crazy Busy (http://amzn.to/J8h8ip) Read my review here.
- Reeves, Delighting in the Trinity (http://amzn.to/J8hghM)
- Dockery and George, Building Bridges (http://amzn.to/J8hohl)
- Kapic, A Little Book For New Theologians (http://amzn.to/1jmHBJR)
- Wright, Paul for Everyone (Part 1) (http://amzn.to/J8hCVG)
- Anyabwile, The Gospel for Muslims (http://amzn.to/J8hLIE)
- Hamilton, What is Biblical Theology? (http://amzn.to/1jmHWwa) Read my review here.
If you see page numbers beside a title, it indicates that this is the selected portion I read from that volume. Additionally, I have included links to any books I had the opportunity to review over the course of the last year. If you would like to see my ratings of all of these titles (1 to 5 stars) you can follow this link to my Goodreads profile here.