Book Recommendations

I often reflect on the books I have read and wonder if the time spent was worth it. I tend to do this in multiple stages. First, while reading I often wonder whether I should keep working through the book. Second, immediately after finishing a book I think about how it has benefited me and if it was worth the time and effort. Third, at various points throughout my life after finishing a book I will see the book or think about it and wonder if I did it all over again whether I would read the book. For the most part, I am glad I have read most of the books I have. Nonetheless, this list is the best of the best. I will probably update it across time too, so make sure to check back every once in awhile.

The categories are arranged alphabetically, as are the books by author’s last name.

Biblical Studies
Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul (Hays)
Lord Jesus Christ (Hurtado)
On the Reliability of the Old Testament (Kitchen)

Literature
Orthodoxy (Chesterton)
A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
The Great Divorce (Lewis)
Infinite Jest (Wallace)
The Pale King (Wallace)
Lament for a Son (Wolterstorff)

Philosophy
Naming and Necessity (Kripke)
Wittgenstein on Rules and Private Language (Kripke)
After Virtue (MacIntyre)
The Nature of Necessity (Plantinga)
Warranted Christian Belief (Plantinga)
Philosophical Investigations (Wittgenstein)
Divine Discourse (Wolterstorff)

Practical Christian Books
Life Together (Bonhoeffer)
The Cost of Discipleship (Bonhoeffer)
Desiring God (Piper)

Theology
Institutes of the Christian Religion (Calvin)
The Nature of Doctrine (Lindbeck)
The Drama of Doctrine (Vanhoozer)
Exclusion and Embrace (Volf)

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