Wes Vander Lugt's Top 10 books to read

Wes Vander Lugt's Top 10 books to read

Dr. Wes Vander Lugt

In this issue, Theologian in Residence Rev. Dr. Wes Vander Lugt shares his Top 10 books to read in historical order.


Confessions (400) Augustine

Shows the power of grace and how all theology is biography

Nature of True Virtue

The Nature of True Virtue (1765) 
Jonathan Edwards

Integrates reflection on Christian character with a theology of beauty and glory.

Gerard Manley Hopkins

Selected Poetry (1844-1889) 
Gerard Manley Hopkins

Tells truth slant through a mastery of sprung rhythm and running rhyme.

Evangelical Theology

Evangelical Theology: An Introduction (1963) Karl Barth

Unfolds a Christ-centered theology with deep dependence on God’s word and grace.

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (1974) Annie Dillard

Reflects on the stunning mystery of creation and our place within it.

Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places: A Conversation in Spiritual Theology (1999)  Eugene Peterson

Integrates historic Reformed theology, skillful biblical reflection and wise pastoral insight.

The Drama of Doctrine: A Canonical-Linguistic Approach to Christian Theology (2005) Kevin Vanhoozer

Shows how theology is reflection on and from within the great drama of God.

A Secular Age (2007) Charles Taylor

Provides a critical evaluation of contemporary culture and the need for re-enchantment.

The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race (2010) Willie James Jennings

Grapples with the diseased imagination that emerged within colonial Christianity and presents a theological way forward.

Habitation of Wonder (2018) Abigail Carroll

Contains brilliant poems that cultivate wonder and worship.

"Pastor's Top 10 to Read" is a quarterly feature in each issue of Tidings.