Transformational Reading List

The following is a running list of books that I have recently read or are currently reading that have shaped my Theology, values, world view, and political positions. I have loosely grouped them into categories based on my areas of personal transformation. Many of these books have dramatically changed my thinking and hopefully my actions as well. I hope to provide some highlights or thoughts about these in the future.

The Gospel and The Kingdom of God

  • How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels by N. T. Wright
  • Simply Good News by N. T. Wright
  • Salvation by Allegiance Alone by Matthew W. Bates
  • Heaven On Earth by R. Alan Streett
  • The Kingdom of God: Preached by Jesus…Forgotten by Us by Wayne Barrett

Living the Way of Jesus

  • The Unvarnished Jesus: A Lenten Journey by Brian Zhand
  • The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry: How to Stay Emotionally Healthy and Spiritually Alive in the Chaos of the Modern World by John Mark Comer
  • Love Over Fear: Facing Monsters, Befriending Enemies, and Healing Our Polarized World by Dan White Jr.
  • God Has a Name by John Mark Comer
  • Beauty Will Save the World by Brian Zhand

Evolving Faith

  • Still Christian: Following Jesus Out of American Evangelicalism by David P. Gushee
  • Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved by Kate Bowler
  • Faith Unraveled: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask Questions by Rachel Held Evans
  • Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith by Sarah Bessey

Origin and Nature of the Bible

  • The Sin of Certainty: Why God Desires Our Trust More than Our “Correct” Beliefs by Peter Enns
  • Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again by Rachel Held Evans
  • Cross Vision​​ How the Crucifixion of Jesus Makes Sense of Old Testament Violence by Gregory A. Boyd
  • The Bible Made Impossible by Christian Smith
  • How the Bible Actually Works by Peter Enns
  • The Bible Tells Me So by Peter Enns

The Afterlife

  • Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church by N. T. Wright
  • All Things New by John Eldredge

Americanization of Christianity

  • Postcards from Babylon: The Church In American Exile by Brian Zhand
  • One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America by Kevin M. Kruse
  • Jesus Untangled: Crucifying Our Politics to Pledge Allegiance to the Lamb by Keith Giles
  • Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump by John Fea
  • The Myth of a Christian Nation by Gregory A. Boyd

The Bible and Its historical setting

  • Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible by Brandon J. O’Brien , E. Randolph Richards
  • When Christians Were Jews: The First Generation by Paula Fredriksen
  • Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan
  • Foreign to Familiar: A Guide to Understanding Hot – and Cold – Climate Cultures by Sarah A. Lanier
  • Missing Lenses: How reading scripture with the first century church can help us find our lost identity by Tom Holland With Ann Weaver

Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation and Christianity

  • UnClobber: Rethinking Our Misuse of the Bible on Homosexuality by Colby Martin
  • transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians by Austen Hartke
  • Beyond a Binary God by Tara K. Soughers
  • Understanding Gender Dysphoria by Mark A. Yarhouse



The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me!

Jon Acuff, in his book, Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average, Do Work that Matters, challenged me to start writing out my thoughts. I have always done a better job at accurately and interestingly expressing myself through writing rather than speaking. At least for me, I do a much better job if I first write and then speak. On this blog I am primarily going to be writing about my current reading and thinking about theology and how it guides and shapes my life and equally how my life has shaped my theology.

Feel free to join me on this journey as I grow and share.

“Not all those who wander are lost.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring