In some ways I’m a desultory reader; I read what looks interesting or what is available to me at the time. I will continue to read that way this year, but I would also like to prioritize some books that I’ve been meaning to read for a while. Here is what is at the top of my reading list this year:
1. Personal Knowledge by Michael Polanyi. It seems like this book is cited in every book written in the last 50 years that deals even a little bit with epistemology.
2. God’s Word in Human Words by Kenton L. Sparks. I have a longstanding interest in biblical hermeneutics, and this one has looked interesting to me for a while.
3. The Moral Vision of the New Testament by Richard Hays. Ethics is another longstanding interest of mine, and this is an important book on NT ethics.
4. The Resurrection of the Son of God by N.T. Wright. I’ve read the first two volumes in Wright’s series “Christian Origins and the Question of God.” I’d like to read this third one before the fourth one comes out—which is supposed to happen this year.
5. Church History by Eusebius. A classic that I’ve never read.
6. The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. I’ve read Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov, now it’s time to tackle this one.
7. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I’ve never read anything by Austen. I figured this would be a good one to start with.
8. Autobiography by G.K. Chesterton. Chesterton is one of my favorite authors, and I’ve read a couple of biographies of him, but I’ve never read his autobiography.
9. Political Visions and Illusions: A Survey and Christian Critique of Contemporary Ideologies by Daniel Koyzis. Not a bad book to read in a major election year in the United States.
10. What would you recommend?