Potential 2015 Reading List

An ambitious reading list for this year, including reading Calvin’s Institutes. If you want to join us in reading the Institutes, there is a Facebook group created for that purpose.


Books from my potential 2014 reading list

I love to make lists, particularly lists of books to read. The trouble with it is that I usually don’t end up sticking to the list as I’m more of a mood-reader. And then there’s the review books that grab my attention. 🙂 As far as my potential 2014 reading list, I actually did get several of them read this year.

On my 2014 potential reading list – and did get read.
Learn to Study the Bible by Andy Deane
The Bible in 90 Days
Slave by John MacArthur
A Biblical Theology of Missions by George Peters
Christian Beliefs by Wayne Grudem (twice)
I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist by Norm Geisler
The God Who Is There by Francis Schaeffer
Church History: A Crash Course for the Curious by C. Catherwood
The Cost of Discipleship by Bonhoeffer
Turning Points by Mark Noll
Following the Master by Michael Wilkins
Spiritual Mothering by Susan Hunt
Missions in the Third Millenium by Stan Guthrie
Friendships: Avoiding the Ones that Hurt, Finding the Ones that Heal by Jeff Wickwire
The Body Dynamic by John MacArthur
The Hole in Our Holiness by Kevin DeYoung
Deliver Us from Evil by Ravi Zacharias

On my 2014 potential reading list – but didn’t get read.
Escape from Reason by Francis Schaeffer
He Is There and He Is Not Silent by Schaeffer
Church History in Plain Language by Bruce Shelley
Perspectives on the World Christian Movement

I will likely move a couple of these to my potential 2015 reading list.

God Has Spoken by Gerald Bray

God Has Spoken: A History of Christian Theology
by Gerald L. Bray
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“The aim of this book is to make the history of Christian theology comprehensible to nonspecialists while at the same time providing a useful resource for those who want to take the subject further.”
I think the author’s aim was accomplished. The reading is easy to follow and not bogged down yet it is comprehensive and detailed.
This is an interesting read. A history of theology and how it developed throughout church history, this was a much more detailed picture than anything I’ve read up to this point. Most histories of theology or church history jump into the early church fathers and the councils without going into a lot of detail about the early church. In this book, the author gives detailed information on the relationship between the early Christians and the Jewish faith. Comparing how much they had in common and how the early Christians used the same Scriptures as the Jewish people in their new faith, it shows how similar they were and the heritage that the Jews gave to Christianity. Part One details the connections between Christianity and Judaism and details some of the same beliefs they held, such as monotheism and God creating the world.
Parts Two and Three then go into great detail regarding God the Father. Parts Four and Five address the person of Christ as the Son and His work. Parts Six and Seven are regarding the Holy Spirit. This book is an extensive look at the development of theology since the dawn of Christianity. Originally it wasn’t called theology but rather doctrine or teachings.
If you are interested in the history of theology and how it developed from the beginning of Christianity until now, this book is the book!

*I received a copy of this book free from the publisher Crossway in exchange for my review.