Wes Vander Lugt's Top 10 books to read
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
The Nature of True Virtue (1765)
Integrates reflection on Christian character with a theology of beauty and glory.
Selected Poetry (1844-1889)
Gerard Manley Hopkins
Tells truth slant through a mastery of
sprung rhythm and running rhyme.
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.