Heavy Presents

Even though I’m ambivalent about the commercialism of Christmas, I still appreciate the tradition of gift-giving. It’s an excuse to give gifts to other people, and a good opportunity to add books to my library. Here are some of the books that I received this year:

Helping Angry People

Meet The Rabbis

Both of the above books I got from my brother and sister-in-law. The first I wanted because although I love theology and biblical studies, I thought I could stand to learn a lot more about how to deal with people in situations as a pastor. The second I wanted because I wanted a good introduction to Jesus’ Jewish background (particularly with regard to the parables and the Sermon on the Mount). There are a lot of books on this out there, and I looked for a while but couldn’t find one book or author that was recognizably the “best.” So, I went ahead and asked for one that just looked “good.”

The Bible As It Was

The One, The Three and the Many

These next two I got from my dad. The first one I was interested in for similar reasons I was interested in Meet the Rabbis: it focuses on Jewish interpretation of the Torah from 100-300 A.D. The second book is one that has been mentioned at Regent frequently. Since it’s talked about so much, I figured I ought to read it.

A Life

This last one I got from my lovely, intelligent and thoughtful girlfriend. Not everyone would love to get this book for Christmas, but she knows my love language: receiving biographies of Christian leaders. And it’s appropriate that she is the one who gave it to me, since she is a lover of history herself.

Did you receive any exciting books for Christmas? Any recommendations for me to read (in a couple of years, when I’m finished with all the books I own but haven’t read) based on these?

By Elliot

Elliot was born in Michigan and raised in North Carolina. He has studied at Regent College and the University of Richmond, worked at newspapers in St. Petersburg and Los Angeles, taught ESL in eastern Europe, given tours in Alaska, and driven a school bus. Now he lives in western Washington and works as an editor at Lexham Press, the publishing arm of Faithlife Corporation.

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