2009 Reading List

Here is a list of books that I have read in 2009. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get the order correct. There’s also the chance that I’ve missed something, because I didn’t keep a running list during the year.

  1. The Lord’s Prayer (Martin Chemnitz)
  2. On Being A Theologian of the Cross (Gerhard Forde)
  3. Family Life Series from NPH
  4. Why I Am A Lutheran  (Daniel Preus)
  5. “Out of the Depths” Devotion Series (Richard Lauersdorf)
  6. The Theology of the Cross (Daniel Deutschlander)
  7. Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions
  8. Prepared to Answer: Telling the Greatest Story Ever Told (Mark Paustian)
  9. More Prepared to Answer: Telling the Greatest Story Ever Told (Mark Paustian)
  10. The Shepherd’s Assistants: A Handbook for Church Elders or Deacons (Arthur Clement)
  11. The Seven Laws of Teaching (John Milton Gregory)
  12. God at Work: Your Christian Vocation in All of Life (Gene Edward Vieth)
  13. Luther on Vocation (Gustav Wingren)
  14. Getting Things Done (David Allen)

I would have to say that the best book I read this year (besides, the Bible and the Lutheran Confessions), was Deutschlander’s book on the Theology of the Cross. The runner-up would have to be Vieth’s book on Vocation. If anyone is interested in what I thought about any of the above books, leave a comment or send me an email.

I still have a tall stack of books I am planning to read. Hopefully I’ll chip away at that pile during 2010. Right now I’m working on finishing up the first volume of Martin Chemnitz’ Examination of the Council of Trent. I know that somewhere in the stack is actually a couple of fiction books. It’s been a while. If anyone wants to follow what I’m reading, I’ve started keeping track on a web site called Goodreads. Or share what you’ve been reading by leaving a comment or signing up for Goodreads yourself.

5 thoughts on “2009 Reading List”

  1. What did you think of The Seven Laws of Teaching? I’ve heard that one mentioned among classical educators. As a first-year homeschooler, I perhaps should read it.

    Our church library has eight of the fourteen on your list. I think I really need Getting Things Done! I was going to check it out from the public library, but I forgot to do so while I was there.

    1. The Seven Laws of Teaching has been on my shelf since it was recommended in education class at the Seminary. Reading it was pretty much a review of that class. I think I had also seen the book on a list related to classical education, which is probably what led me to read it. It’s a pretty good overview of education principles. I think it generally avoids much of the trouble that more recent educational “science” has run into.

      See, if you had already read Getting Things Done, you might have a next actions list just for when you are at the library, so that you wouldn’t forget it. It’s a good book, and quite a useful system for getting a handle of all the “stuff” that comes into our lives.

  2. Thanks for the info on those two titles. Sounds like both of them would be useful to me.

    I also like your “Books for the Lutheran Home” link. We’re going to try out some of the titles you recommended for families with young children.

  3. I have been so impressed with Theology of the Cross. It took me along time to read and longer to appreciate.Good Stuff.

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