It’s the last day of the year, which means I go through the two lists I keep and reflect. I keep a list of biking miles, which were low since I began running. Only had about 2,300 miles.
My other list is books I’ve read, which was also low because I didn’t read as much. Seriously, that’s why. But I read 12,627 pages in 51 books (average book length of 248 pages), 31 of which were theological in nature.
The best Theological Books I read this year were:
The Soul Winner by Charles Spurgeon
The Grace of God by Charles Ryrie. See a few quotes here, here and here
The Power of Loving Your Church by David Hansen
The worst Theological books I read this year were:
The Prophecy Survival Guide by Russ Doughton
The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence
Prayer by Philip Yancey
It hurts me to put Philip Yancey in the “worst” category but I really didn’t like that book. I also could have included the book, Reading Judas, about the Gospel of Judas but it was so awful I couldn’t bring myself to list it as a Theological Book without feeling dirty all over.
I read a lot of theological books and I keep a record of them and my opinions of them so if you have a book and are wondering what I think of it, send me an email (jcweddle1 at juno.com) and I’ll let you know.
To save you some time, I’ll let you know what theological books I don’t read and the reasons why I don’t read them.
1) Any with female authors: happens very rarely. I have had very bad experiences with theological books written by women and I have to seriously have the threat of violence on my life to read another one.
2) Any with covenant theologian authors: Covenant Theology annoys me with its non-literalness and sloppy use of Scripture that turns God into a kind of trickster, fooling with the Jewish folks.
3) Any with the name “Jabez” in the title, no reason necessary.
4) Any written by authors whose names rhyme with Osteen, Schuller, Hinn, Jakes, or Lucado.