Monday, January 5, 2009

The Haul 2008

I don't know that anyone but TulipGirl cares about such things, but here are the books I managed to acquire over the holidays.

I usually save my book buying all year for a Christmastime trip to my favorite bookstore, Half-Price Books in Houston. This year I only spent about $30 (which goes quite a ways at Half-Price, especially with their post-Christmas additional discount); the rest were purchased thanks to gift cards or were given to me as gifts. Yay for lots of books for little money!


Christless Christianity by Michael Horton
Cross-Shattered Christ by Stanley Hauerwas
Seeking the Face of God by Gary Thomas (one of my favorite authors)
Chazown by Craig Groeschel
Hidden in Plain Sight by Mark Buchanan
The Unnecessary Pastor by Eugene Peterson and Marva Dawn
Caring for Those in Crisis by Kenneth Mottram
Luther for Armchair Theologians by Steven Paulson
Believers: A Journey into Evangelical America by Jeffery Sheler
The Erosion of Inerrancy in Evangelicalism by G.K. Beale
The Resurrection of Jesus: Crossan and Wright in Dialogue ed. by Robert Stewart
The Prodigal God by Tim Keller
Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ by John Piper
How to Read the Bible by Steven McKenzie
How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart
The Ever Loving Truth by Voddie Baucham
Killing Yourself to Live by Chuck Klosterman


Just After Sunset by Stephen King
The Armies of the Night by Norman Mailer
Too Far to Go by John Updike
Toward the End of Time by John Updike
The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike

Fiction (Or Is It?)

The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks

Any experience with any of these?


Daniel said...

"Killing Yourself to Live" by Chuck Klosterman

I love Klosterman but this book was a real let-down as he spends most of it detailing his relationship troubles (and doesn't make us really care either way about it). His other books (Fargo Rock City, SD&CP and Chuck Klosterman IV) were all much better than KYTL.

"Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ" by John Piper:
This has been on my bookshelf for a year now. I really need to catch up on my books so i can get to that one.

Jared said...

I loved SD&CP. I didn't know about this one but picked it up in the bargain bin at Borders for about a buck, I think. Felt like an acceptable risk. :-)

I'm most looking forward to digging into Horton's new book.

Anonymous said...

no experience with these...

nhe said...

The Prodigal God is basically Tim Keller's best (his personal favorite) sermon expanded - he makes the case that the parable's key focus is clearly on the older brother - its vintage Keller, which makes it awesome - we're taking our small group through this book as we speak......he preaches against the destructiveness of Christian moralism more than anyone out there that I've heard.

Ariel said...

A half dozen of the non-fiction books are on my shelf as well. The only one I've read is Piper's Seeing and Savoring - awesome.

As far as 2008 books go, don't miss Andy Crouch's Culture Making or Driscoll's Death by Love. Two of my favorite reads last year.