Detail Bibel und Brille des Kanonikus from Madonna des Kanonikus Georg van der Paele Jan Van Eyck, 1439 (wikimedia)

Detail Bibel und Brille des Kanonikus from Madonna des Kanonikus Georg van der Paele Jan Van Eyck, 1439 (wikimedia)

Updated 11 June 2015

I used to keep a page of current reading, but removed it as I only updated it infrequently. As much for my own benefit as anyone else’s I’ve decided to reinstate it in a different format. The list is a selection of my current and past reading. It’s incomplete, and generally will only list material I’ve blogged about. It’s currently just in alphabetical order of author, and where I’ve blogged about anything there’s a link to all the postings.

The one book I always read

The Bible. (many of the posts have a Bible link or allusion)

My preferred version is the English Standard Version.

Other books I’m reading, have read, or would like to read

Scripture & Theology

Adam, Peter. Speaking God’s Words: A Practical Theology of Preaching. Leicester: Inter-Varsity Press, 1996.

Bavinck, Herman. The Doctrine of God. 1951. Translated by William Hendriksen. Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1977.

Duncan, Ligon  with J. Nicholas Reid. Fear Not! Death and the Afterlife from a Christian perspective. Fearn, Ross-shire: Christian Focus, 2008. (posts)

Goldsworthy, Graeme. Gospel and Kingdom. 1981. Reprint, The Goldsworthy Trilogy. Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2000.

Goldsworthy, Graeme. Gospel and Wisdom. 1987. Reprint, The Goldsworthy Trilogy. Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2000. (posts)

Goldsworthy, Graeme. The Gospel in Revelation. 1984. Reprint, The Goldsworthy Trilogy. Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2000.

Goldsworthy, Graeme. Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture. Leicester: IVP, 2000. (posts)

Grogan, Geoffrey W. The Christ of the Bible and the Church’s Faith. Fearn, Ross-shire: Mentor, 1998.

Grogan, Geoffrey W. Prayer, Praise and Prophecy: A Theology of the Psalms. Fearn, Ross-shire: Mentor (Christian Focus), 2001. (posts. A thoroughly engaging book that makes the Psalms come alive.)

Maclean, Malcolm. The Lord’s Supper. Fearn, Ross-shire: Mentor, 2009.

Macleod, Donald. Behold Your God. Fearn, Ross-shire: Christian Focus Publications, 1990. (posts)

Mohler, Jr., R. Albert. He is Not Silent: Preaching in a Postmodern World. Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2008. (posts. Extremely readable, but thoroughly challenging.)

Murray, Iain H.  Lloyd-Jones: Messenger of Grace. Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 2008.

Packer, J. I. Knowing God. 1973. rev. ed., Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP Books, 1993.

Reymond, Robert L. What is God? An investigation of the Perfections  of God’s Nature. Fearn, Ross-shire: Mentor, 2007.

Silzer, Peter James & Thomas John Finley. How Biblical Languages Work: A Student’s Guide to Learning Hebrew and Greek. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Kregel, 2004.

Wells, David F. The Courage to be Protestant: Truth-lovers, marketers and emergents in the postmodern world. Nottingham: IVP, 2008. (review by Carl Trueman in Ordained Servant, Apr 2009)

Zacharias, Ravi. The Grand Weaver. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007.  (posts)

Reading, Writing, Studying, Learning

Adler, Mortimer J., and Mark van Doren. How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading. New York: Touchstone /Simon and Schuster, 1972. (posts)

Strunk, William, Jr., and E. B. White. The Elements of Style. 1959. 4th ed. New York: Longman, 2000. (review by Geoffrey K. Pullum, The Chronicle of Higher Education. Section: The Chronicle Review, Volume 55, Issue 32, Page B15, 17 Apr 2009)

Turabian, Kate L. et. al. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations : Chicago Style for Students and Researchers. 7th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007.


Carr, Nicholas. The Big Switch: Rewiring the Word, from Edison to Google. New York: W. W. Norton and Company, 2008.

Arts, Culture & Social Science

Hague, William. William Wilberforce. The Life of the Great Anti-Slave Trade Campaigner. London: Harper Perennial, 2008.

History & Biography

Postman, Neil. Amusing Ourselves to Death. (posts)


James, P. D. The Private Patient. London: Faber and Faber, 2008. (This was my first P. D. James novel and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Numerous twists to the plot, so it kept me guessing right to the end.)

Riddle, A. G. The Atlantis Gene. Head of Zeus, 2015. (Well through this now, bought on a whim, but an enjoyable fast-paced techno-thriller with plenty of plot twists. First volume in The Atlantis Trilogy.)

Sansom, C. J. Dark Fire. 2004. London: Pan Books, 2005. (Another in the Shardlake series that brings the English Tudor period alive, and is proving as riveting as the previous ones in the series that I’ve read. The fulsome praise from P. D. James and Colin Dexter is well deserved and accurate. Ben Witherington has an insightful blog posting on the whole Shardlake series.)

Sansom, C. J. Lamentation. 2014. London: Pan Books, 2015. (Book 6 in the Shardlake series, based around the time of Henry VIII’s death, focussing on Katherine Parr. This was my first Kindle purchase in the series, and though it doesn’t have the feel of the hardback editions I’ve previously purchased, it is easier to carry around.)

Smith, Alexander McCall. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. London: Polygon/Abacus, 1998.

Smith, Alexander McCall. Tears of the Giraffe.

Smith, Alexander McCall. Morality for Beautiful Girls.

Smith, Alexander McCall. Blue Shoes and Happiness.

Postman, Neil. Amusing Ourselves to Death.

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