Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Suggested Reading....

For those who are looking for a way to help provide some discipline to their personal reading I might suggest the following plan by Mark Dever and Michael Thate. They have put together a four year reading plan that covers some classic works by Christian authors. I have included their suggestions for September and October of year one below:

September (B. B. Warfield):

Year One: Warfield, Revelation and Inspiration (vol. 1 of his complete works)
Year Two: Warfield, Biblical Doctrines (vol. 2)
Year Three: Warfield, Calvin and Calvinism (vol. 5)
Year Four: Warfield, Studies in Theology (vol. 9)

October (D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones):
Year One: Iain H. Murray, David Martyn Lloyd-Jones: The First Forty Years (1899 � 1939) and David Martyn Lloyd-Jones: The Fight of Faith (1939 � 1981)
Year Two: Lloyd-Jones, Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cures
Year Three: Lloyd-Jones, Studies in the Sermon on the Mount
Year Four: Lloyd-Jones, Great Doctrines of the Bible: God the Father, God the Son; God the Holy Spirit; The Church and Last Things

(To See the Whole List Click Here)


Anonymous said...

I appreciate your suggested readings; however, I might suggest that Mr. Dever and Mr. Thate have more time on their hands than "average joe" workers if they are suggesting reading 1 book per week! Certainly many people are able to do this task, but what about those of us who work in the business world, have a wife, 2 children, responsibilities at home and church, etc... Hard to think we have time to read that much literature each week on top of regular Bible study, etc... Your thoughts?

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The Tinker said...

Anonymous (J.A.),

The last thing any of us need is another list that makes us feel guilty. By no means do I want you to feel frustrated or overwhelmed by such a list. Rather, it is merely meant to be a suggestion. I agree with you that the list seems a little daunting. On the positive side though their suggestions are not one book a week, but rather one book a month. Indeed, this still may prove more than possible for someone as busy as yourself. In fact, I would argue, knowing a little bit of your situation that it probably would not make good sense at all to even try to read one of these books a month. There are different seasons in life and sometimes the season allows for more time of reflection and reading. At the same time I would encourage you that if you invest 10 minutes a day three times a week at the end of the year you would have read 26 hours worth of material. If you read between 20-30 pages an hour this would amount to 520-780 pages per year. If you were somehow able to read 10 minutes a day six times per week this would double the totals. This would mean that you had read for 52 hours or between 1040-1560 pages throughout the course of the year. If you like the idea of a systematic reading plan, maybe, you could choose three or four books off of each years list. This would mean that at the end of 12-16 years that you would have read all of the books on the list. This would be quite an accomplishment and one that I would guess would be a pretty significant means of encouragement in your life during that time. These are just some of my thoughts. Thanks for your comment.


Anonymous said...

Thanks, that was a helpful clarification. I had not read carefully enough to see that it was one book per month - the way it is listed "Year One: Warfield,..." then "Year Two: Warfield..." led me to think that "Year One and Two" were part of the title of the book, and thus there were 4 "books" all in the month of September. Also, your point is well made about taking sometime to read which will be greatly beneficial. I am nearly finished with Convergence now, and have a stack of other books waiting for me. That being said, I have been "nearly finished" with Convergence for probably a month already. :)