The Best Books I Read in 2013


After seminary I got a little burned out on reading big theological books, until 2013. Now I’m celebrating a renewed interest! These books were tremendously helpful to me, and I highly recommend them to you.

Worship, Community & the Triune God of Grace (James B. Torrance)

I read this for a sermon series on Worship. It changed the way I thought about Worship, and led into a deeper interest in explicitly Trinitarian theology. So then I read…

Delighting in the Trinity: An Introduction to the Christian Faith (Michael Reeves)

I don’t care who you are, I’m telling you right now, read this book. Reading it led me to preach a sermon series on the Trinity. The fact that God is one Being, three Persons; three Persons, one Being. Pow! It changes everything about how we view the whole world. And it led me to further pursue study…

The Holy Trinity: In Scripture, History, Theology, and Worship (Robert Letham)

This is strong stuff, and it took me and a friend several months of reading through it together to finish, but reading it will thoroughly ground you in the absolutely essential doctrine of the Trinity.

Dogmatics in Outline (Karl Barth)

I can’t recommend it highly enough. I read some of his (much larger!) Church Dogmatics for the series on the Trinity. But here, I believe, is a great summary and introduction to Barth’s thought that will surely help you think about the essentials of the Christian faith in a profound way. It’s tragic (exaggeration), but the binding is terrible and the pages are falling out. They smell amazing, though. If you can stand it, get the Kindle version.

Here are some books I’m excited to read in 2014…

The Father’s Spirit of Sonship: Reconceiving the Trinity (Thomas Weinandy)

The Humanity of God (Karl Barth)

The Christian Doctrine of God: One Being, Three Persons (Thomas F. Torrance)

Incarnation: The Person and Life of Christ (Thomas F. Torrance)

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