For various reasons, this blog has been rather quiet for the last couple of months. Currently lacking the inclination to return to my ordinary mode of blogging – interminably long posts, with a propensity to balloon into unwieldy series that I never find the time or will to conclude – I thought that I would experiment with something completely different. As I want to devote a greater proportion of my free time to reading over the coming months, I thought that I would try to get my blog to serve me in this regard. Until Christmas at least, I will concentrate primarily on engaging with books that I have been reading. This engagement may take the form of a full length book review, a discussion of thoughts and issues arising out of a particular book or set of books, a podcast, a conversation with another reader of the book, or something else entirely. However, it is most likely that my primary form of engagement will be by podcast.
The books that will be reviewed will range over a number of genres, fields, and levels of audience. Some will be Christian books, others will not be. I am even tempted to throw in a few children’s books (for instance, over the last week or so I have been rereading The Wind in the Willows) and a few real stinkers (among others that might fit in this category, I have recently been reading Catherine Hakim’s Honey Money: The Power of Erotic Capital). Other books that I have read recently, or am currently reading that may be reviewed include, among several others, the following:
Between Beast and Babel: America and Empires in Biblical Perspective, Peter Leithart
Remember the Poor: Paul, Poverty, and the Greco-Roman World, Bruce Longenecker
The Historical Jesus of the Gospels, Craig S. Keener
A New Testament Biblical Theology, G.K. Beale
Word Without End: The Old Testament as Abiding Theological Witness, Christopher R. Seitz
The Epistles of John Through New Eyes: From Behind the Veil, Peter Leithart
Job Through New Eyes: A Son for Glory, Toby Sumpter
Here’s where you come in. I would appreciate recommendations for books to review. I have started up an initial Amazon wishlist, with a collection of books that I would be interested in reading and engaging with in some manner or other. Other recommendations, especially those in which several people are interested, can be added to the list. The greater the interest, the higher that the book will be prioritized in my schedule.
Books can also be rather expensive – especially recently published ones – and as a student I am not generally flush with money. If you would especially like me to review a particular title, or just want to prevent me from reading myself out of house and home, you could purchase a book of your choice from the reviewing wishlist (if you can locate the book cheaper elsewhere, you can register the fact that you have purchased it elsewhere on the wishlist) or, alternatively, securely donate some money to the cause using the shiny new ‘donate’ button at the bottom of the sidebar on the right or at the end of this post.