Who’s Reading What? is a monthly feature at Lifeway Pastors. We survey a few pastors, business leaders, theologians, professors, writers, and other culture shapers with these four questions:
What are you currently reading?
Who is the author?
Which genre is it?
Why are you reading it?
No reviews. No summaries. It is a quick list to help expand the borders of your intake.
Karen Swallow Prior, professor of English, Liberty University
What: After Virtue
Who: Alasdair MacIntyre
Why: The book I am currently writing is an examination of the classical virtues through great works of literature. MacIntyre’s study attempts to explain how virtue was lost in the modern age. I hope in my book to remind us what the virtues are and why they remain important.
T. O. Dee, layman
What: Theologians Under Hitler
Who: Robert P. Ericksen
Why: To better understand how the church was lured by Hitler.
What: Betrayal: German Churches and the Holocaust
Who: Robert P. Ericksen
Why: The same reason as above.
Kelly King, women’s ministry specialist, Lifeway Christian Resources
What: 7 Disciplines of Extraordinary Spiritual Leaders
Who: Reggie McNeal
Why: It is required reading for a seminary class but also a great resource. It’s been out a while but I have never read it.
What: Feminine Faith in a Feminist World
Who: Carolyn McCulley
Why: Book review for a seminary class with a complementarian viewpoint.
Miguel Echevarria, director of Hispanic Leadership Development and assistant professor of New Testament and Greek, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
What: According to Plan (Spanish)
Who: Graeme Goldsworthy
Which: Biblical Theology
Why: Goldsworthy is a master at showing the overall story and unity of the Bible, centered on the person of Jesus Christ. The more I read it, the more I see Jesus throughout the pages of Scripture.
What: Basics of Verbal Aspect in Biblical Greek
Who: Constantine Campbell
Why: I am think about incorporating this text into my second semester Greek class. It is also one of the most helpful overviews of verbal aspect for students, pastors, and scholars.
Craig Thompson, senior pastor, Malvern Hill Baptist Church
What: How (Not) to Be Secular
Who: James K. A. Smith
Why: To better understand the secular worldview of our culture so that I can develop a more robust Christian witness and response.
What: Designed to Lead
Who: Eric Geiger and Kevin Peck
Which: Leadership/Christian Church
Why: I’m hoping this book will help us to systematize the leadership pipeline within our church.
Marty Duren, executive editor, Lifeway Pastors
What: Gray Mountain
Who: John Grisham
Why: Grisham spins a good yarn.