Friday, October 06, 2006

CT's 50 books


When I picked up the mail today, there was a great big think Christianity Today. One of the articles was a annotated list of
The Top 50 Books That Have Shaped Evangelicals

Any list like this will have some books that some will disagree with, and some will think that they missed. The link above will take you to the article with the 50 books, a one paragraph summary and a cover photo.

As I glanced through the list there are 8 I have not read. Have you read these books? Any suggested additions?

Here is a list of the those whom the editors obtained their nominations:
Miriam Adeney, Phyllis Alsdurf, Leith Anderson, Jeanette Bakke, Bruce Barton, Darrell Bock, Tony Campolo, Joel Carpenter, Charles Colson, Cindy Crosby, Andy Crouch, Lane Dennis, Mark Galli, Garesy Gnidovic, J. Lee Grady, David Gushee, Stan Guthrie, Mimi Haddad, Collin Hansen, Archibald Hart, Gary Haugen, Michael Horton, James Houston, Al Hsu, R. Kent Hughes, Alan Jacobs, Greg Jao, Jerry B. Jenkins, Todd Johnson, Craig Keener, Douglas LeBlanc, Anne Graham Lotz, Timothy C. Morgan, Rebecca Manley Pippert, Michael Maudlin, Gerald McDermott, Robertson McQuilken, Al Mohler, Rob Moll, Richard Mouw, David Neff, Mark Noll, Ted Olsen, Roger Olson, Richard Ostling, J. I. Packer, Richard Pierard, Patricia Raybon, Haddon Robinson, James Calvin Schaap, Luci Shaw, Ron Sider, James Sire, Howard Snyder, Russell Spittler, John Stackhouse, Agnieszka Tennant, Madison Trammel, Jim Wallis, James Emery White, John Woodbridge, Philip Yancey.

4 comments:

The Righteousness of God said...

What an enormous crock of bovine selections...no wonder Christianity is fowled up with bad theology.

You have people like Hal Lindsey, Tim LaHay, Catharine Marshall...what is this...the Reader's Digest version of Harloquin Romance?

Where is Watchman Nee?
Where is Steve McVey?
Where is Oswald Chambers?
Where is T. Austin-Sparks?

Get off the milk and find some steak!

michael lewis said...

I'm going to have to disagree with RoG.

I've read about a dozen of the books on that list, maybe more. But most importantly, I actually own a copy of book #1.


And really, Peretti is just as sensational as Lindsey and LaHay.

But why is a translation of the Bible in the list?

pastor mike said...

I have never even heard of book #1.
To defend part of the list:
A] The Living Bible probably opened up the Bible to more people than anyother translation. We need to remember that there not many options when it came out. Most evangelicals were still using the KJV.

B] This is a list not of the best books, but of books that have shaped evagelicalism... for better and/or for worse... books that have been influential in the evangelical community.

Having said that, let me add, that if evangelicals really have been influenced by these books, and have taken the message that is in all these books and lived them out... then I don't think evangelicals / evangelicalism would be as messed up as it is.

I think many streams of evangelicalism have been very selective in applying what these authors have written. Maybe more influenced by LaHaye Lindsay than by Schaeffer and Lewis.

Anonymous said...

The Righteousness of God said...
What an enormous crock of bovine selections...no wonder Christianity is fowled up with bad theology.

pastor mike said...
let me add, that if evangelicals really have been influenced by these books, and have taken the message that is in all these books and lived them out... then I don't think evangelicals / evangelicalism would be as messed up as it is.


Are you Christians? Evangelicals? Is your theology fowled up? Do you include yourselves in the messed up ones? Or do just have a problem with the rest of the "Christian Community"?