Reading Lists for Pastors and Leaders

As we read earlier this week, books are important/vital tools for pastors and leaders. I find reviews and surveys very helpful to keep abreast of books that are published, and those that ought to be read.

To that end, I have linked to two surveys of book publications in 2012: Bibles and Bible studies, including the top six books (Van Neste); the best books for preachers to read, including the top ten recommendations (Mohler).

Ray Van Neste, “The 2012 Preaching Survey of Bibles and Bible Study”:

The Year's Top 6 Books in Biblical Studies 

  1. Peter Gentry and Stephen Wellum, Kingdom Through Covenant: A Biblical Theological Understanding of the Covenants (Wheaton: Crossway).
  2. G.K. Beale, A New Testament Biblical Theology: The Unfolding of the Old Testament in the New (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic).
  3. Craig Bartholomew and David Beldman, ed. Hearing the Old Testament: Listening for God's Address (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans).
  4. Gordon Wenham, Psalms as Torah: Reading Biblical Song Ethically (Grand Rapids: Baker).
  5. Craig Keener, Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts, 2 vol. (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic).
  6. David Garland, Luke, Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (Grand Rapids: Zondervan).

R. Albert Mohler, “The 2012 Preaching Survey of the Year’s Best Books for Preachers”:

Ten Books Every Preacher Should Read 

  1. Thomas E. Bergler, The Juvenilization of American Christianity (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans).
  2. Gregg R. Allison, Sojourners and Strangers: The Doctrine of the Church (Wheaton: Crossway).
  3. Jonathan T. Pennington, Reading the Gospels Wisely: A Narrative and Theological Introduction (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic).
  4. Graeme Goldsworthy, Christ-Centered Biblical Theology: Hermeneutical Foundations and Principles  (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press).
  5. Peter Brown, Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD  (Princeton University Press).
  6. Charles Murray, Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010  (Crown Forum).
  7. D.A. Carson, The Intolerance of Tolerance  (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans).
  8. Ross Douthat, Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics  (Free Press).
  9. Gerald Bray, God Is Love: A Biblical and Systematic Theology  (Wheaton: Crossway).
  10. Michael Reeves, Delighting in the Trinity: an Introduction to the Christian Faith  (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press).

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