Success of Last Reading List (and Updated List)

February 5, 2011 — 10 Comments

I didn’t get to some of the books I wanted to this winter, and I picked up some I didn’t think I was going to.  Here is what I got through.  Oh and by the way, Unbroken was the best book I read all year.

Class Reading List:

  • Unceasing Worship: Biblical Perspectives on Worship and the Arts: Harold Best
  • Worship By the Book: D.A. Carson
  • Created for Worship: From Genesis to Revelation to You: Noel Due
  • Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God: Bob Kauflin
  • Engaging With God: A Biblical Theology of Worship: David Peterson
  • Perspectives on Christian Worship: Five Views: J.M. Pinson
  • Recalling the Hope of Glory: Biblical Worship from the Garden to the New Creation: Allen Ross
  • Introducing World Missions:  A Biblical, Historical, Practical Survey: Moreau, Corwin, McGee
  • Christian Mission in the Modern World:  What the Church Should Be Doing Now: John Stott

Fun Reading List:

  • Somebody Told Me: Rick Bragg
  • Hebrew Syntax, An Outline: Ronald Williams
  • A Beginners Handbook to Biblical Hebrew: Marks and Rogers
  • Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament, A Practical Introduction for Teaching and Exegesis: Steve Runge
  • The Basics of New Testament Syntax: Daniel Wallace
  • Greek:  A History of the Language and its Speakers: Geoffrey Horrocks
  • The Victory of Reason: Rodney Stark
  • The Epistle to the Romans (NICNT): Doug Moo
  • Worldliness:  edited by C.J. Mahaney
  • Unbroken: Laura Hillenbrand
  • Intro to the NT: Carson and Moo
  • The Cradle, The Cross, and The Crown, An Introduction to the NT: Kostenberger, Kellum, Quarels
  • What I Learned in Narnia: Douglas Wilson
  • Defending Constantine: Peter Leithhart
  • The Apostolic Fathers: edited by Michael Holmes

Books I Have Not Bought Yet List:

  • Money, Greed, and God:  Why Capitalism is the Solution and Not the Problem: Jay Richards
  • Whose Chose the Gospels: Charles Hill

Here is my list for the new Semester:

  • The Epic of Gilgamesh: translated by N.K. Sanders
  • A Basic Guide to Eschatology: Millard Erickson
  • The Bible and the Future: Anthony Hoekema
  • Symbolism of the Biblical World: Othmar Keel
  • Christian Theology: Millard Erickson
  • Perspectives on Church Government: edited by Brand and Norman
  • A History of the Church in the Middle Ages: F. Donald Logan
  • Out of the Depths: Bernhard W. Anderson
  • The Early Church: Henry Chadwick
  • A Survey of the Old Testament Introduction: Gleason Archer
  • Saved by Grace: Anthony Hoekema
  • The First Letter to the Corinthians: Rosner and Ciampa
  • Total Church: Tim Chester
  • Readings in World Christian History, Volume 1: Earliest Christianity to 1453: Coakley and Sterk
  • Williams’ Hebrew Syntax: Ronald Williams
  • The Interpretation of the New Testament 1861-1986: Stephen Neill and Tom Wright
  • The NT: The History and Investigation of its Problems: Kummel
  • Various Articles I do not feel like listing.

Patrick Schreiner

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I teach New Testament at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. I am married with three children. This blog, against all wisdom, includes anything I am interested in. That includes movies, music, theology, culture, hermeneutics, the Gospels, and politics. Feel free to comment and let me know you are reading or that you have found something helpful. I reserve the right to delete unhelpful or rude comments. Many of these posts are simply things I find interesting and therefore I am not asserting I agree with everything I link to.

10 responses to Success of Last Reading List (and Updated List)

  1. Hi Patrick,

    I saw your reading list and was quite impressed. I want to make sure I’m not mistaken though. You read all of the crossed out books during your winter break? If so, would you mind sharing your reading practices?


    • Patrick Schreiner February 15, 2011 at 7:18 pm

      Yes I read all the crossed out books. I don’t really have much to say except that I really like to read. My wife says I go to bed with a book and wake up with a book. I read different books in different ways. Some books I want to read every word, some books I am just getting the basic idea and do a lot of skimming. I think part of it also comes from reading a lot in my childhood. The more you read the faster you become.

      How to Read a Book by Adler is good resource on reading.

  2. That’s really top-notch Patrick. Especially as a family man. I have a wife and little girl. I work full time too in the mortgage business. I’ve recently started my master’s at Criswell College and my reading appetite is about one hundred pages a day. But I’m only able to squeeze in a chapter or so a night — and only a few nights at that.

    Is your father Tom Schreiner?


  3. You are very fortunate. Your father’s exegetical-theological wisdom have been an anchor for myself and countless others.

  4. Patrick,

    As an update, I’ve been able to read the following:

    Rome and the Enemy by Susan Mattern (not for the faint of heart)

    Palestine in the Time of Jesus by Hanson and Oakman

    The Historical Christ and the Theological Jesus by Dale Allison (although very brief)

    The Greco-Roman World of the NT Era by Jeffers

    Also piecing away at Carl Henry’s God, Revelation, and Authority, and Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics. About 500 pages total between the two of them (its still progress!). Some reading too — about 200 pages worth — in Thomas Oden’s three volume Systematic Theology, all from the volume on Christology (which he patterns after the Nicene Creed; very enjoyable!).

    Lastly, I’ve read recently in Frank Coplestone’s History of Philosophy — about 500 pages worth — on various philosophers, such as Hegel, Kierkegaard, Kant and Schleiermacher (however, this was during the school semester, for a seminar).

  5. How has your semester and summer reading faired?

    • Patrick Schreiner June 7, 2011 at 5:07 pm

      Well. I did well on all my books for the classes. It will be easiest for me to show you by putting the ones in bold that I did not get to.

      – *The Epic of Gilgamesh*: translated by N.K. Sanders – *A Basic Guide to Eschatology: *Millard Erickson – *The Bible and the Future: Anthony Hoekema* – *Symbolism of the Biblical World: Othmar Keel* – *Christian Theology: *Millard Erickson – *Perspectives on Church Government: *edited by Brand and Norman – *A History of the Church in the Middle Ages:* F. Donald Logan – *Out of the Depths: *Bernhard W. Anderson – *The Early Church:* Henry Chadwick – *A Survey of the Old Testament Introduction: *Gleason Archer – *Saved by Grace*: Anthony Hoekema – *The First Letter to the Corinthians: Rosner and Ciampa* – *Total Church: *Tim Chester – *Readings in World Christian History, Volume 1: Earliest Christianity to 1453: *Coakley and Sterk – *Williams’ Hebrew Syntax: *Ronald Williams – *The Interpretation of the New Testament 1861-1986*: Stephen Neill and Tom Wright – *The NT: The History and Investigation of its Problems*: Kummel

      With regards to the summer I just got back from vacation and finished some “fun” books. I needed some different genres so I read

      In Cold Blood by Truman Capote Brave New World by Aldous Huxley Theological Interpretation to Scripture by Daniel Treier The Social Animal by David Brooks 10 Ways to Destroy Your Child’s Imagination by Elston? Who Chose the Gospels by Charles Hill The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism by Novak

  6. Erickson’s Christian Theology is a treat. We used that in ST1 and 2. So it was, thankfully, spread across two semesters. Also had the privilege of reading Treier’s book on TIS. The Hill book looks fascinating, on the choosing of the gospels.

    Not sure how you pulled off reading while on vacation, but great job! My little girl keeps me so busy on vacations I don’t even try anymore lol

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