Books that influenced my thinking …

I’ve been asked to respond to a survey by R. Kent Hughes for possible inclusion in a future edition of Disciplines of a Godly Young Man (Crossway).

Here’s what I came up with …

1. Which books have influenced you the most?

Martin Luther, The Heidelberg Disputation (with Alister McGrath, Luther’s Theology of the Cross) purchase from Amazon UK purchase from Amazon US
John Bright, The Kingdom of God  purchase from Amazon UK purchase from Amazon US
Ron Sider, Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger purchase from Amazon UK purchase from Amazon US
Lesslie Newbigin, Foolishness to the Greeks: Gospel and Western Culture purchase from Amazon UK purchase from Amazon US
Robert Banks, Going to Church in the First Century purchase from Amazon UK purchase from Amazon US
David Powlison, Seeing with New Eyes purchase from Amazon UK purchase from Amazon US
Ed Welch, When People Are Big and God is Small purchase from Amazon UK purchase from Amazon US

2. Which is your favourite?

David Powlison, Seeing with New Eyes

3. What is your favourite novel?

Iain Pears, An Instance of the Fingerpost purchase from Amazon UK purchase from Amazon US or anything by Umberto Eco.

4. What is your favourite biography?

Arnold Dallimore, George Whitefield Vols. 1 purchase from Amazon UK purchase from Amazon US & 2. purchase from Amazon UK purchase from Amazon US

Kent Hughes was after influences rather than recommendations (with a bit a latitude). Bright had a big influence on my biblical theology, but my recommendations in this field would be different. Of course these are impossible calls to make. I suspect the list is weighted towards more recent works (especially the novels). But what I also noticed is that most of the big influences in my life have not been books at all, but people – my parents, past and present co-workers, and The Crowded House community.
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4 thoughts on “Books that influenced my thinking …

  1. Thanks Tim. Great stuff. Real quickly, what would be a few of your current recommendations in biblical theology?
    Rob from Italia

  2. Thanks for these Tim. I’d love to know which books influenced you in developing the Crowded House and the book Total Church.

    Basically, what books would you recommend as people transition to a more mission-focused community group church structure?

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