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  1. Rhonda says:

    The constructive sequel to “Pagan Christianity” is called “Reimagining Church.” It offers biblical solutions. Frank Viola and Leonard Sweet have just released a new book called “Jesus Manifesto”. http://www.theJesusManifesto.com

    • davemackey says:

      I’ve been receiving some emails about Jesus Manifesto. I was not particulary familiar with Jesus Manifesto – but I’ll try and check them both out in the near future!.

  2. Annie says:

    I LOVE this project, Dave!

    A couple additions to consider for “Church History”:
    Getting to know the Church Fathers (Dr. Litfin)
    Documents in Early Christian Thought (Maurice Wiles, Ed)

    You might consider a section on “Missions”, but that’s a more specialized area…
    Let the Nations be Glad (John Piper – good theological study of missions)
    From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya (Ruth Tucker – good historical study of missions)

    Perhaps this would fit under your section on “Grief”, but more specifically “Suffering/ Pain”
    How Long, O Lord? (Dr. D. A. Carson)
    The Gift Nobody Wants (Philip Yancey))
    The Problem of Pain (C. S. Lewis)
    A Grief Observed (C. S. Lewis)
    Tale of Three Kings (Gene Edwards)

    Two thumbs UP for your “Marriage” books! I like ’em both 😉

    Under “Sexuality”, I have read only portions of this book but highly recommend it:
    Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain (William Struthers)

    • davemackey says:

      Thanks for the recommendations! Getting to Know the Church Fathers looks excellent. Maurice Wiles Documents in Early Christian Thought looks interesting and I’m adding it to the list of books I personally want to read…though I’m going to hold off on it for this list for the moment. 🙂
      You are absolutely right about a missions section! I don’t know how I missed that! I’ve added both of those volumes (Piper, Tucker) to the list.
      I’ve added a section for Suffering and placed How Long, O Lord? and The Gift Nobody Wants on the list. I’ve held off on C.S. Lewis’ duo and Tale of Three Kings but have ensured they are on my personal list. 🙂
      Your suggestion of Wired for Intimacy also sounds great. I have a secular volume on the topic called Pornified, but I haven’t had a chance to read it yet.
      Awesome suggestions! Thanks for all of them.
      I hat-tipped you next to each suggestion where I added them to the list with a link to your blog.

    • davemackey says:

      Thanks for the recommendation of A Hole in our Gospel. I have been seeing it “around” a lot but didn’t know it was written by Stearns of World Vision. I’m going to add this one to this blog list momentarily.
      I’ve actually read Crazy Love by Francis Chan and was not a big fan…though I haven’t heard anyone else have anything but praises for the little book…so I’m a party of one. 😉 Maybe someday I’ll read it again…I didn’t think it was bad, just not my favorite.

  3. Evan says:

    OK. Let me tell you that many of these books are excellent. I may do something similar on my blog. I will just hit the categories of interest for me.

    1. Mosaic Bible (NLT) – provides a collection of sayings, images, and prayers from global Christianity. My wife has it and loves it. I have flipped through it and it looks great. It also provides devotionals based on church seasons.
    2. The New Interpreter’s Study Bible w/ Apocrypha (NRSV) – this is the study Bible I use. Overall, very good.

    Christian Living:
    1. Resident Aliens by Stanley Hauerwas and Will Willimon – I doubt there is a better, more concise book on the topic.
    2. After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters by N.T. Wright – I haven’t read it but it seems great since the first two parts of the series were awesome

    Bible Study (General):
    1. Introducing the New Testament: Its Literature and Theology by Joel B. Green, Marianne Meye Thompson, and Paul Achtemeier – this appears better than the one by Carson and Moo
    2. I am not a fan of the BKC

    Church History:
    Agree with your Justo Gonzalez choice!

    1. The Character of Theology: An Introduction to Its Nature, Task, and Purpose by John Franke
    2. Coffeehouse Theology: Reflecting God in Everyday Life by Ed Cyzewski – Ed’s a friend of mine, and I highly recommend his book.

    This is my category! I will keep it brief 🙂
    Great choice with The Myth of a Christian Nation. I need to read this too.
    1. Jesus for President by Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw – I love this book. Very creatively and tastefully done.
    2. Unleashing the Scripture: Freeing the Bible from Captivity to America by Stanley Hauerwas – One of my favorite books. The title is excellent in itself!
    3. Colossians Remixed: Subverting the Empire – by Brian Walsh and Sylvia Keesmaat – they re-read Colossians to speak to us today, and they handle the questions of truth and postmodernity as well.

    Social Justice:
    1. The Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne – his stories are tremendous. He spent time in Iraq during the current war, in Calcutta with Mother Teresa, and now minsters in Kensington in Philadelphia. Everyone should read this book! It quite literally changed my posture towards the poor, homeless, etc.
    2. Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman – short book by a friend of MLK, Jr’s father and influential in MLK Jr’s life.
    3. Evil & the Justice of God by N.T. Wright – not simply on social justice, but it definitely deals with that. I think this is NTW’s best book.

    1. Church Dogmatics Volume I.1 and I.2 by Karl Barth – if you have a lot of time on your hands. I have a love-hate relationship with Barth. However, anyone who stood up against Hitler deserves a read.

    Surprised by Hope is definitely the way to go!

    I am egalitarian so Piper would not be my first choice even though I respect him. However, I haven’t found another book to suggest.

    1. Culture Making by Andy Crouch – great book on understanding culture and how to relate to it

    Youth Ministry:
    1. Postmodern Youth Ministry by Tony Jones – not a huge fan of Tony personally, but this book was very helpful for me when I was a youth pastor

    Secondary Theology:
    I would suggest reading some black theology or liberation theology. They are helpful perspectives and very challenging, even though, I don’t always agree. I would suggest:
    1. Prophetic Imagination by Walter Brueggemann – great book
    2. No Longer Slaves: Galatians and African American Experience by Brad Braxton – helpful reading of Galatians

    Then, I would suggest reading more N.T. Wright 🙂 like:
    1. What St. Paul Really Said
    2. The Challenge of Jesus

    *That may be more than what you wanted, but, believe me, I have plenty more where that came from.

    • davemackey says:

      Thanks for the massive number of suggestions. 🙂 I’ve added Mosaic to my personal reading list along with the New Interpreter’s Study Bible, Resident Aliens, Introducing the New Testament, The Character of Theology, Coffeehouse Theology. I’ve added After You Believe to secondary Christian Living and Jesus for President.
      Do you mind sharing further commentary on your dislike for the BKC? I am not amazed by it myself – but it does seem a decent “starter” volume for someone interested in studying the bible with a commentary. Do you have a similar alternative volume(s) you would recommend?
      Justo Gonzalez is the man!
      Okay…I’m only halfway through…but I’m excited just looking through these volumes. Don’t take the lack of some of these books making it onto my list as a bad thing – many of them are outside of my “usual reach” as far as the authorial circles I travel in…so I’m going to have to spend some time with them. 🙂 I’ll finish my comments sometime soon…

    • davemackey says:

      Okay…second half of comments for Evan. 🙂
      – I added Unleashing the Scriptures to the list.
      – Colossians Remixed has been added to my personal reading list.
      – I’ve seen a lot about The Irresistible Revolution but haven’t had a chance to read it…now added to the list.
      – Jesus and the Disinherited is now on my personal reading list.
      – Added Evil & the Justice of God to the list.
      – Barth’s Dogmatics is on my personal list. I have done almost no reading in Barth [embarrassed].
      – Glad you agree on Surprised by Hope. I have a few others, specifically on hell, I’d like to add…but haven’t actually finished yet like Hell Under Fire which was written by a number of significant contemporary biblical scholars (J.I. Packer, etc.).
      – Kara suggested I add Jewett’s Man as Male and Female and I am in agreement, I’ll add that one shortly. Have you read it? I think Jewett has much for us to learn – though he also (at times) pushes his agenda over Scripture in his attempts at egalitarianism.
      – Added Culture Making to the Worldview section.
      – Postmodern Youth Minister is on my personal reading list as are Prophetic Imagination and No Longer Slaves.
      – Almost all N.T. Wright’s books are on my to-read list. 🙂
      Thanks again for all the feedback Evan. A lot of the books you gave, as I mentioned previously, were outside of my personal readership arena – and I am always looking to expand the areas in which I am reading – so I’m excited for the opportunity to explore these authors and volumes.

  4. Evan says:


    I simply don’t like the BKC since I am not premillennial dispensational, and that appears to be the emphasis there. Also, I find it too simple in that it doesn’t provide much information. As for “starter” commentaries, I would suggest the “For Everyone series” with OT by Goldingay and NT by Wright for most books of the Bible since the series is not complete yet.

  5. Greg Andersen says:

    I can offer two personal recommendations: ON ABORTION: “Open your mouth for the dumb” by Peter Barnes. TWO VOLUME BIOGRAPHY: “George Whitefield” by A.Dallimore.
    Submitted by Greg Andersen

    • davemackey says:

      Greg – Thanks for the recommendations. I also responded to your previous comment regarding mental health, but I think your email address was wrong on that one…so if you skip back over to that post, you should see my reply. 🙂 Thanks for visiting the site and sharing your thoughts!

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