Last summer the authors of this blog published lists of books we were going to read here, here, and here. We want to start a fun tradition, so we’re doing it again! Grant will post his list in this post. Calvin and Chris’s lists will follow shortly.
This summer I have a short list of both Christian and secular books I really want to read. For advice in your own book selection and reading processes, consider the principles I mentioned in “How to Read Books.” There you can learn things like why secular books are critical in spiritual development, that I actually read fiction sometimes, how reading is related to prioritizing the significant things in life, and what you can do to retain what you read.
This summer (the time beginning at the solstice on June 20 and ending at the equinox on September 22) I hope to read the following books:
- Discourses on the Existence and Attributes of God, Stephen Charnock: The most distinctive element of Charnock’s writing is his exhaustiveness. I’ve always admired depth of thinking manifested in exhaustive detail. I believe Charnock’s treatment of Theology Proper will be very beneficial to my overall understanding of God due to its comprehensiveness. Plus, my love of his writing style makes it a very enjoyable read.
- The Christian Ministry, Charles Bridges: Given that I want to pursue full time ministry, this seems like a prerequisite to the rest of my life. Many of the principles here would apply to all Christians, including those related to shepherding, evangelism, and personal holiness. The book influenced Robert Murray M’Cheyne, so I look forward to finding connections between the M’Cheyne and Bridges.
- Capitalism and Freedom, Milton Friedman: A classic in conservative and libertarian circles, Friedman’s popular work gives a great introduction to his Nobel Prize winning economics that provided the theoretic foundation of the famous Reaganomics. Reading this will be a blast.
- On Liberty, and, Utilitarianism, John Stuart Mill: I’m reading these in order to develop my understanding of utilitarian and eudaemonistic ethics. I came across these concepts in Ludwig von Mises’ Socialism last winter and wish to continue my study of the relevant philosophies. Reading these will also be good, clean fun.
- Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ, John Piper: I don’t expect this book to be very difficult or take very long to read or really introduce new ideas to me, but I do expect it to effectively remind me of the Gospel. That’s always worth my time.
I am working at my first full time job this summer and still have some contracting work through another tutoring agency, so it may not actually be possible to finish these books this summer. But that would make me very sad, so I’ll try not to let that happen. I look forward to updating you in September!