Here it is: the 2014 reading list!
From left to right:
- Lord of the Rings trilogy by JRR Tolkien
- If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino
- The Brother’s Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- Christian Origins and the Question of God vol. I-III by NT Wright
- A Theology of Liberation by Gustavo Gutierrez
- Fear and Trembling by Soren Kierkegaard
- Radical Theology and the Death of God by Thomas J. J. Altizer and William Hamilton
- She Who Is: The Mystery of God in Feminist Theological Discourse by Elizabeth Johnson
- Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
- Anselm’s Discovery by Charles Hartshorne
- Patience & Fortitude by Nicholas A. Basbanes
- Between Faith and Thought: An Essay on the Ontotheological Condition by Jeffrey Robbins
- Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
- Lexicon by Max Barry
- The Stand by Stephen King
- Theology of Hope by Jurgen Moltmann
- On the Genealogy of Morals by Friedrich Nietzsche (From Basic Writings of Nietzsche translated by Walter Kauffman)
- Letters and Papers From Prison by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
- A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
- Religion, Politics, and the Earth: The New Materialism by Jeffrey Robbins and Clayton Crockett
- The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays by Albert Camus
- Madness and Civilization by Michel Foucault
- The Courage to Be by Paul Tillich
- Grendel by John Gardner
- New Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton
- Major Works by Ludwig Wittgenstein
- Capital by Karl Marx
- Jesus: A New Vision by Marcus Borg
- The Gift of Death by Jacques Derrida
- Resurrection City: A Theology of Improvisation by Peter Goodwin Heitzel (Speakeasy Review)
- Cinematic States by Gareth Higgins (Speakeasy Review)
- Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Loewen
- The First Crusade by Thomas Asbridge
On the Kindle
- Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig (and probably the rest of the series, knowing me)
- Does Jesus Really Love Me? by Jeff Chu
- Black Theology and Black Power by James Cone
- On the Mystery: Discerning Divinity in Process by Catherine Keller
- What Would Jesus Deconstruct? by John Caputo
- Nikola Tesla: Imagination and the Man That Invented the 20th Century by Sean Patrick
I’m going to tackle this a little differently than I did last year. Couple guidelines:
- No deadlines (save for Speakeasy books and library books). Seriously, it’s my blog. Who cares? None of this “52 Books in a Year” crap.
- In fact, the list is entirely malleable. If I want to say, “Screw Jared Diamond! I’m going to buy Merchants of Culture and have at that!” I can do that! However…
- Start a book? FINISH IT.* I’ve been working out a one-chapter-a-day goal with the books I’m juggling right now, and that’s been keeping me at a steady pace, which is good. Even if a book is completely kicking my butt (like The Weakness of God did), I shall endure!
- Fiction books are not breaks from nonfiction books. Somewhere last year, this idea entered my head, like I could just read a fiction book to “take a break” from reading theology or philosophy or history or whatever. DO NOT DISRESPECT THE FICTION.
- Have fun with it! And how could I not? Seriously, this is a nerdy undertaking right here, and I reserve the right to nerd out all over the internet, if you people are so kind as to make my humble little blog viral.
All right, I got some reading to do! READ OR DIE!
*If you read this with the Mortal Kombat voice in your head, +5 points to you!