2012 Reading Priorities

English: beginning of the Gospel of John

I am mostly a ‘Read by Whim‘ reader.  But that does not mean that I do not make plans about what I want to read.  While I may change my mind, these are my plans over the next six months or so.

I have really enjoyed my six months just reading Luke.   I have read about 8 books that have been directly or indirectly on the book of Luke.  When I finish up my current commentary I will be moving on to six months on John.  I am still looking for books, but I have already picked up (or had) RC Sproul’s commentary on John, The Historical Reliability of John’s Gospel by Craig Blomberg, Metzger’s commentary When Love Comes to Town: The Gospel of John and NT Wright’s two volume John for Everyone

In 2011 I spend a lot of time reading about the Bible and Hermeneutics, in 2012 I am going to read more about the doctrine of the Trinity.  I have already picked up Karl Rahner’s The Trinity, A Brief History of the Doctrine of the Trinity in the Early Church by Franz Dunzl and John Bowden, Donald McKim’s Theological Turning Points: Major Issues in Christian Thought (mostly on the Trinity), Philip Ryken’s Our Triune God and Moltmann’s The Trinity and the Kingdom, and Fred Sander’s The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything.

The other things I would like to do are: 1) read more old books, especially fiction.  2) read more history of Christian thought and doctrine and 3) read more fiction in general.

Let me know if you have any book suggestions.



For the Gospel of John, Newbigin has a commentary called The Light Has Come. Worth a look.

I’m just starting what will probably be a few months on John too. I’ve been really benefiting from and enjoying When Love Comes to Town so far. As for non-book format resources on John, I’m planning to go through the Drive Time Devotions series of podcasts on John (http://drivetimedevotions.com/) as I found their Romans and Phillipians series helpful.

When it comes to older fiction, I really like the Anne of Green Gables series by L.M Montgomery. People tend to think of the books as children’s books but they are good for adults too, particularly the later books in the series. My favourite is Anne Of The Island.

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