My Library

Books I have Read and highly suggestvishals-book-cover

  1. “The Book that made your world” – Vishal Mangalwadi
  2. “Church History in Plane Language” – Bruce Shelley
  3. “For the Glory of God” – Rodney Stark
  4. “The God who is there” – Francis Schaeffer
  5. Ancient Near Eastern Thought relating to the Old Testament – John H. Walton
  6. The Lost World of Genesis 1 – John H. Walton
  7. “Triumph of Christianity: How the Jesus Movement became the worlds largest religion” – Rodney Stark
  8. Hell: Four views on hell – Steve Gregg

Others books I have read and would suggest;

  1. “Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success -Rodney Stark
  2. “Escape from Reason” – Francis Schaeffer
  3. “He is there and he is not silent” – Francis Schaeffer
  4. Jesus and the Eyewitnesses – Richard Brauckham
  5. The Story of Christianity – Justo Gonzalez
  6. Francis Schaeffer Collection in order
  7. Discipling Nations – Darrow Miller
  8. Genesis of Science – James Hannam
  9. Anything from C.S. Lewis (Mere Christianity)
  10. G.K. Chesterton: Orthodox, Heretics, St. Francis of Assis

About Authors:

Rodney Stark is super cool and personal favorite as well. He is a Sociologist who has embraced Christianity through his work in the scientific field and his work reflects his honest findings in the Social Science of Religion. He confirms the philosophies and worldviews of evangelicals while challenging them to greater heights.

Francis Schaeffer I’m sure needs less of an introduction because he has been one of the foremost intellectuals of the whole modern era. Saved in college as a avid student of philosophy he was saved by finally encountering scriptures answers to all of the greatest philosophers questions. For Francis the greatest minds could only ask  good questions and the bible had all the answers.

C.S. Lewis as well, needs no explanation. However, for me he is a hero. As a Christian he spent most of his career at Oxford where his faith was challenged. His lifestyle of mere christian (which eventually would be the title of one of his most loved works on Christian philosophy), was on display at Oxford. His humility, intellect, immense creativity, and mere Christian faith is what made him one of the most beloved writers in Christian history. He refereed to himself in the christian world as nothing more that your average Anglican lay person, not particularly high or low in the rank and file of Christians.

Vishal Mangalwadi is a personal favorite. He has a number of other publications and blogs but this latest book that i mention first has inspired me more then any other book second to scriptures. He is a Indian man who is an outstanding christian thinker, worldview, and social prophet.

G.K. Chesterton, who many often are not aware was an outstanding Christian mind. An English men like Lewis, but a Converted Catholic. His work along with Lewis, Mangalwadi, Stark, and Schaeffer has all helped me step outside of the American Evangelical framework for understanding the Christian faith. Something I very much like. Chesterton was a creative person, and his angle is something you just don’t really get any more. My personal favorite of his works is his Biography on the life of St. Francis of Assisi.

Darrow Miller, who studied and was mentored under Francis Schaeffer is an outstanding worldview thinker. His work is simple to read and engage with because of good diagrams. There is also a good database of his work growing through media as well as a good deal of literature.

John H. Walton is a personal favorite among theologians. He is putting contextualization of scripture in its proper place. Not something to be terrified of as an Evangelical, but something not to be abandoned to liberal critics of the scripture. His work on the OT, Genesis and Job in particular is the best there is.


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  7. Some great books listed here. “Church History in Plain Language” is a favorite of mine.

  8. Hey, cool! Just checking out your site. Glad to see my beloved Chesterton on your reading list…if you haven’t read The Everlasting Man, I highly recommend (divided into two parts: The Creature Called Man (how humans are unlike anything else in creation) and The Man Called Christ (how Jesus is unlike any other human))…converted C.S. Lewis! Also, if I may humbly suggest another series, I studied under the late theologian/Episcopal priest/gourmet chef, Father Robert Farrar Capon, as an undergraduate, and hardily recommend his uber-scriptural trilogy: The Parables of the Kingdom, The Parables of Grace, The Parables of Judgement. The general response to them (especially among those infused with a certain American/Post-Millerism/Doom-and-Gloom version of Protestant Christianity (not at all suggesting that is you, just refractions through the Puritan/”Enlightenment” kaleidoscope) is generally, “Gee! I didn’t realize that the Gospel was Good News!” Also thanks for the tip on Mangalwadi; I’ve never heard of him, but will check him out. God bless, brother. It is encouraging to see the intelligent discussion of Christianity without an Us-vs-Them bias (which to me is anti-Christian). Thanks for your good work.

  9. Lewis and Chesterton are the best! And I would like to read Francis Schaeffer… I have read “How To Be Your Own Selfish Pig (And Other Ways You’ve Been Brainwashed)” by his daughter, Susan Schaeffer Macaulay. It’s great reading for teenagers and young people.

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