2015 Books: 2Q

Books read from April through June. Next reading list viewable by clicking here. Running yearly count: 14.

All the King’s Men – Robert Penn Warren (1946); Library // Though I’ve never been one for political novels, I could barely put this classic down. The politics were only a setting for the masterful character studies on the meteoric rise of a back-country lawyer turned state senator, his right-hand man (the protagonist and narrator), and others they leave in their wake.

The Bruised Reed – Richard Sibbes (1630); Ebook // Encouraging, uplifting, sobering, and Puritanically repetitive and organized. A series of sermons on Isaiah 42:3 that is well worth the effort to read. Spurgeon described Sibbes as one who “scatters pearls and diamonds with both hands.”

The Christian Faith in the Modern World – J. Gresham Machen (1935); Ebook // Since I’m back in the OPC, I figured it was high time to read more Machen. This is a series of radio broadcasts Machen did in the 1930s, a la Lewis’ Mere Christianity. Similar in nature to Lewis’ broadcasts, though Machen focuses more on giving a defense of the basics of the faith than Lewis’ apologetics.

The Creedal Imperative – Carl Trueman (2012); Print // Read for men’s reading group. A somewhat softer Trueman than his other works, it’s directed at those who claim “No creed but the bible!” and other similar objectors to creeds and confessions. Stimulated good discussion on a topic of which I’ve grown somewhat tired.

The Idea of Biblical Theology as a Science and as a Theological Discipline: Inaugural Address – Geerhardus Vos (1894); Ebook // When learning about a new topic, I prefer to heed C.S. Lewis’ advice and go to the source. This was an accessible and helpful introduction to biblical theology (as opposed to systematic theology, for one). One of my biggest takeaways is that biblical theology thankfully isn’t a new topic for me, as I have been taught for years from the pulpit and other books without my knowing it.

The Man Who Was Thursday – G.K. Chesterton (1908); Print // Excellent metaphysical thriller/mystery by a true wordsmith. Creepy, witty, philosophical, and tense throughout and filled with plot twists and surprises.

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