February 21, 2012 in
Here are my top five Christian book picks for 2011. Each title was published last year.
1. Simply Jesus by N.T. Wright (Hardcover) * Kindle Version
2. The Bible Made Impossible by Christian Smith (Hardcover) * Kindle Version
3. Scripture and the Authority of God by N.T. Wright (Hardcover) * Kindle Version
4. The King Jesus Gospel by Scot Mcknight (Hardcover) * Kindle Version
5. Jesus, Paul, and the Gospels by James D.G. Dunn (Paperback) * Kindle Version
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I like Rob Bell’s Love Wins – it certainly stirred things up a bit, but I like Julie Ferwerda’s Raising Hell even better because it doesn’t just say “what if” and ask questions and leave people without a sound biblical basis for such an outrageous claim (that Jesus actually is the Savior of the whole world). Francis Chan’s Erasing Hell is a respectful response to Bell’s book, but in my opinion the theology behind it is just more of the same-old same-old that has been handed down from one generation to the next since the days of Justinian.
Frank – IMHO you nailed it. I might slip Ian Cron’s Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me into the #5 spot. If for no other reason, just to enjoy lines like these: “In the hands of the untalented, a clarinet is a lethal weapon. There are states that allow the sale of automatic assault weapons but ban the use of clarinets at school concerts.”
I’d add Love Wins by Rob Bell…. :O)
Actually, I would have added Jon Zens’ response to Rob Bell “Christ Minimized” except that it released this year. See http://frankviola.org/2012/01/25/robbell/ the end – it’s on Kindle also now.
IMHO these ideas have been digested thru hundreds of other readings (more of the same) If you want something new & like to think deep read Peter Rollins (his newest offering is Insurrection)
Thanks Fred. Actually, Rollins’ work owes much to various postmodern philosophers. He has a subtle and seductive writing style which is excellent, but I find his decontructionism to not be terribly fresh or (in the long run) helpful. Each of the five books I presented have a combination of restated material and fresh insight. But all of it is Christocentric. I don’t find the “unveiling of Jesus Christ” in Rollin’s work to date. And for me, that’s the trump card.
It’s all a restating. Some are “new” restatings. Mostly likely, what’s personally most interesting is determined by how one’s neurons fire. Christ is centric in Rollins ‘thoughts.’
Excellent point, Fred. A lot of it depends on where a person is in life, thought, experience, mindset, the spiritual journey, etc.. I’ve read books at some points in my life and they made me yawn. Later, the same books impacted me. I think this is true for many.
Not so shocking that there is a heavy Christological emphasis in these. You certainly have a theme going!
Awesome. Four out of the five I own (1-4) and I’ve read and loved two of them (1 & 4). 2 & 3 are on my to-read list, and I’ll put 5 on my to-buy list!
Thanks for the list. I’m going to buy these. I would add your books ‘Revise Us Again’ and ‘Epic Jesus’. They were amazing.
Thanks and Thanks!