Friday, April 8, 2011

My Current Reading List - April 2011

Kings Cross: The Story of the World in the Life of Jesus, By Timothy Keller

A study of the life of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark, based on Keller's preaching to his New York City congregation of post-modern recovering pagans and evangelicals returning from the wilderness. He unites the themes of the message of the Kingdom of God and the Cross, hence the title.

One of his best - and with Keller that is saying a lot.

Unconditional?: The Call of Jesus to Radical Forgiveness, by Brian Zahnd

Deeply moving and challenging treatment of Jesus' command for us to forgive those who wrong us, and his example in doing so himself from the cross. The book would be worth it just for the stories and quotes from Corrrie Ten Boom, Alexandr Solzhenitsyn, Nelson Mandela, and others who have demonstrated the power of forgiveness and the freedom it can bring.

Citizen Soldiers: The Us Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany, by Stephen Ambrose.

Ambrose describes what it was like for the American privates, sergeants and lieutenants fighting the Germans in Europe, using lots of quotes from the "citizen soldiers" themselves. Another great book from the biographer of Eisenhower, and one of the greatest historians of World War II.

Jonathan Edwards: Americas Evangelical, by Phiulip F. Gura

Interesting and well written biography of the late puritan period revivalist, theologian and philosopher, widely considered one of the greatest minds in American history. Edwards' works are increasingly influential in today's "young, restless and reformed" movement, so he is more relevant than ever.