I feel like Gollum right now. I just went on my "graduation shopping spree" (we get 40% off at the WTS bookstore for a one-time shopping spree in our last semester, to build our personal library). I've now got two boxes of precious bookses in the back of my car, and despite the need to study furiously for finals, I have this urge to just go flip through them and enjoy the crisp pages and the wealth of knowledge contained therein.
I hope they don't end up on a shelf in my house without ever getting read.
Ha - this is one of the things that I was studying today! "Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh. The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man." Ecclesiastes 12:12-13
Monday, May 09, 2005
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So what books did you get?
Good question! I bought a huge variety of books - most of them were ones I'd had in my mental 'wishlist' for a while, so that made the list have even more variety.
I bought almost all of the CCEF "Resources for Changing Lives" booklets - if you haven't seen them, they're GREAT resources to give you a basic grasp of different counseling problems.
I also bought two NIV Application commentaries, both of which I've read parts of and liked - Pete Enns on Exodus and Karen Jobes on Esther (and they're both WTS people). And I bought the NICNT commentaries on Proverbs by Bruce Waltke.
Two Eugene Peterson books - "Subersive Spirituality" and "Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places," which I'd seen elsewhere and grabbed there on a bit of a whim.
Classics: GK Chesterton's - Orthodoxy, CS Lewis - Surprised by Joy and The Weight of Glory, Martin Lloyd Jones - Spiritual Depression.
WTS folks: Carl Trueman's new book, "the Wages of Spin;" Vern Poythress, "The Shadow of Christ in the Law of Moses," vol 1 of John Murray's collected works (I already have 2 & 4). Tremper Longman, "God is a Warrior." Faculty symposium, "The Infallible Word."
vol 1 (I already have #2) of James Calhoun's history of Princeton Seminary.
Herman Bavinck's recently translated "Reformed Dogmatics, vols 1&2."
A Reader's Greek NT (I already have a Greek NT, but this is pretty leather, and it glosses difficult Greek words, right on the page). Also in the language genre: "Light on the Path," a daily devotional in Greek & Hebrew.
Recommendations from my friend who was shopping with me and (mostly) carrying my books: DA Carson's "Cross and Christian Ministry," Geerhardus Vos, "The Teaching of Jesus Concerning the Kingdom of God and the Church," and Graeme Goldsworthy, "Prayer and the Knowledge of God: What the Whole Bible Teaches."
and, finally, Joshua Harris' "Stop Dating the Church," a purchase that the above friend was disappointed about, but I'm interested to see what he has to say. I have a very high doctrine of the church, and so I at least love the title that he's chosen - it sadly expresses the attitude of most American evangelicals towards the church today.
Those CCEF booklets do look great! We had them at our church when Paul Tripp came to speak.
My brother-in-law (a PCA pastor) recently recommended Eugene Peterson to me, so I read Answering God, and can't wait to read more of his books.
I have GK Chesterton's Orthodoxy (checked out from public library) on my nightstand, but haven't started it yet. And my husband gave me CS Lewis' Surprised by Joy for my birthday.
Lloyd-Jones' Spiritual Depression is one of my very favorite and useful books.
I'm curious about "Stop Dating the Church", too. Please post your thoughts after you read it.
Sounds like we have eerily similar reading tastes! Enjoy your new library. It sounds fantastic!
I have to admit, upon reflection, that I don't know that the overlap in our libraries is entirely "coincidental" -- I've heard many people (including you) fondly reference Spiritual Depression; and your dialogue with Christian has reminded me that I need to read more Eugene Peterson!
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