Update: July Book Log

So now that some of you have logged your books in the last post, now is your chance to update your list with any comments or must-read quotes (in the comments). Here is my offering for July (be sure to see the quote at the end from the Warren Buffett biography).

  • Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands by Tripp (very good, helpful on practical matters and less so when it delves into the realm of biblical theology)
  • Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist by Lowenstein (insightful and sad, the richest man in the world has crafted his own religion)
  • Future Israel by Horner (without equal, must be reckoned with rather than ignored)
  • The Complete Compost Gardening Guide by Pleasant and Martin (really good. I never thought I would admit here that I love my compost heap. Why don’t you garden? What’s your problem? Do you know where your tomatoes come from?)
  • Christ and Culture by Carson (good, not sure Carson has really progressed beyond Niebuhr’s original)
  • The Random Walk Guide to Investing by Malkiel (great primer on investing which I would translate as one aspect of stewardship)
  • Minority Report by Trueman (witty, insightful, infuriating, arrogant, and brilliant, I expect nothing less from a Brit-“It’s just a flesh wound”)
  • The Wages of Spin by Trueman (more of the same)

From the Warren Buffett biography above I found the following, which comes in a section discussing some of the “positions” which Buffett holds both politically and socially. The richest man in the world has used the bulk of his philanthropic ventures to finance “population control.”  The following quote could have been uttered by Dr. Theo Morell in 1940’s Nazi Germany but it happened here in what some persist in calling a “Christian nation.”

“Charlie Munger [Buffett’s partner], who was equally Malthusian, articulated this mind-set at a party for Keith Russell, a doctor who had been a Munger-Buffett ally in the Belous abortion rights case in California. After some of Russell’s patients presented a toast to the many babies he had delivered, Munger rose, glass held high, and solemnly declared, “I want to toast Dr. Russell for the thousands of babies he didn’t deliver.” Pg. 346 Buffett

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Scott Christensen on July 17, 2008 at 11:19 am

    The Race Set Before Us by Schreiner & Caneday (Has changed my view of perseverance in significant ways. Very important book)

    Band of Brothers by Ambrose (I love WWII history. Ambrose is a great popular historian)

    Prince Caspian by Lewis (Reading thru the Narnia series before my son does so we can discuss it)

    King of the Cannibals by Cromarty (Reamarkable story about a remarkable missionary to the South Pacific Island tribes who were indeed cannibalistic)

    Why were not Emergent by DeYoung & Kluck (Chapters by DeYoung were helpful and insightful. Chapters by Kluck were too meandering. I guess they’re supposed to be appealing to emergents so they will read the book. For the most part I didn’t get the point of them and maybe that was by design?)

    A Bridge Too Far by Ryan (Another WWII book by a popular historian of the last generation)

    Reading Between the Lines by Veith (Very interesting book about a Christian aproach to classic literature. I wish there was more interaction with more classics)

    Here is a quote from Ambrose:
    “Combat is a topsy-turvy world. Perfect strangers are going to great lengths to kill you; if they succeed, far from being punished for taking life, they will be rewarded, honored, celebrated… There is a limit to how long a man can function effectively in this topsy-turvy world. For some, menatal breakdown comes early… For others, visible breakdown never occurs, but nonetheless efectiveness breaks down. The expereinces of men in combat produces emotions stronger than civilians can know, emotions of terror, panic, anger, sorrow, bewilderment, helplessness, uselessness, and each of these feelings drained energy and mental stability.”

  2. Posted by Hayden on July 18, 2008 at 9:11 am

    Worship Matters (Bob Kauflin)- Outstanding! I recommend that every pastor read this through with those who lead music in the church. I ma not charismatic so I do disagree with some of what Bob says, but this is an excellent and readable book.

    The Courage to Be Protestant (Wells)- Good and important, but also ‘thick’ in my mind. Thick not in pages, but thick in content. I think it would have been better if it were 50 pages shorter.

    Who Stole My Church (MacDonald) Readable, and though provoking but sometimes I found myself wanting to throw it out the window. It definitely advocates the, your church must change or it will die type of mentality. I would only recommend this to someone that was discerning.

    I Wish I’s Been There Volume 1 (Hollinshead)- Very good. some chapters are better than others.

    Trusting God (Bridges)- This is a classic that everyone should read!

    The Word Became Fresh; If You Could Ask God one Question- Still working through these two.

  3. Leithart’s A House for my Name was rather disappointing, not so much in what it said but because it was way too basic. That said, if someone was new to biblical theology then it would be a good place to start, once you had read Goldsworthy and Vos.

    Grogan on the Psalms is excellent even if his commentary is rather brief. His discussion of “The Psalter’s Key Theological Themes” and “The Contribution of the Psalter to Biblical Theology” are great.

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