Originally drafted November 8, 2021 and last tended May 16, 2023 by Matt McElwee.
(See Revision History).

📖 I really believe that one of the most important habits anyone can pick up is voracious reading. Below is a list of books that have really informed my more academic endeavors and interests. All of these books represent reading specifically inline with Christian life and ethic, some politics, theology, or Biblical studies. There are also a select number of fiction books because literature is good and junk food is helpful.

Note: The inclusion of any work on this list is by no means an endorsement nor tacit agreement with the subject-matter, theses, or conclusions of the same works. Just as any bibliography, this list serves as a place to track the works I have been in conversation with.

# Allberry, S. (2019). 7 Myths About Singleness. Crossway Books.
# Alter, R. (2018). The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary. W. W. Norton & Company.
# Barth, K. (1959). Dogmatics in Outline. Harper Perennial.
# Bates, M. W. (2017). Salvation by Allegiance Alone: Rethinking Faith, Works, and the Gospel of Jesus the King. Baker Academic.
# Bates, M. W. (2019). Gospel Allegiance. Brazos Press.
# Berry, W. (2010). The Hidden Wound. Counterpoint.
# Bevins, W. (2019). Ever Ancient, Ever New: The Allure of Liturgy for a New Generation. Zondervan.
# Bevins, W. Simply Anglican: An Ancient Faith for Today's World. .
# Bonhoeffer, D. Psalms: The Prayer Book of the Bible. .
# Boyd, G. A. (2007). Myth of a Christian Nation: How the Quest for Political Power Is Destroying the Church. Zondervan.
# Bronner, S. E. (2017). Critical Theory: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press.
# Brueggemann, W. (2020). Virus as a Summons to Faith: Biblical Reflections in a Time of Loss, Grief, and Uncertainty. Cascade Books.
# Butterfield, R. (2018). The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World. Crossway Books.
# Chan, F. (2018). Letters to the Church. David C. Cook.
# Chan, F., & Sprinkle, P. (2011). Erasing Hell: What God Said about Eternity, and the Things We Made Up. David C. Cook.
# Chrysostom, J. On the Priesthood. .
# Claiborne, S., & Martin, M. (2019). Beating Guns: Hope for People Who Are Weary of Violence. Brazos Press.
# Comer, J. M. (2019). The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry: How to Stay Emotionally Healthy and Spiritually Alive in the Chaos of the Modern World. WaterBrook.
# Cone, J. H. (2013). The Cross and the Lynching Tree. Orbis.
# Croteau, D. A. (2010). You Mean I Dont Have to Tithe?: A Deconstruction of Tithing and a Reconstruction of Post-Tithe Giving. Wipf & Stock Pub.
# Delgaddo, R., & Stefanic, J. Critical Race Theory an Introduction. .
# Dempster, S. G. (2003). Dominion and Dynasty: A Theology of the Hebrew Bible. IVP Academic.
# DiAngelo, R. (2018). White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism. Beacon Press.
# Erickson, M. J. (2000). Making Sense of the Trinity: Three Crucial Questions. Baker Academic.
# Evans, R. H. (2010). Evolving in Monkey Town: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask the Questions. Zondervan.
# Evans, R. H. (2015). Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church. Nelson Books.
# Evans, R. H. (2018). Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again. Nelson Books.
# Fea, J. (2018). Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump. Eerdmans.
# Goodrick, E. W. Is My Bible the Inspired Word of God. .
# Gorman, M. Reading Revelation Responsibly. .
# Gundry, R. H. A Survey of the New Testament. .
# Hales, A. (2018). Finding Holy in the Suburbs: Living Faithfully in the Land of Too Much. IVP Books.
# Hauerwas, S., & Willimon, W. H. Resident Aliens. .
# Heiser, M. S. (2015). The Unseen Realm. Lexham Press.
# Hill, W. (2019). The Lord's Prayer: A Guide to Praying to Our Father. Lexham Press.
# Holcomb, J. S. (2014). Know the Heretics. Zondervan Academic.
# Holland, T. (2019). Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World. Basic Books.
# Hunter, T. D. (2010). The Accidental Anglican: The Surprising Appeal of the Liturgical Church. IVP Books.
# Imes, C. J. Bearing Gods Name. .
# Jethani, S. (2013). The Divine Commodity: Discovering a Faith Beyond Consumer Christianity. Zondervan.
# Johnson, D. (2019). Human Rites: The Power of Rituals, Habits, and Sacraments. Eerdmans.
# Kate Bowler Blessed. .
# Keller, T. (2012). Generous Justice: How God's Grace Makes Us Just. Penguin Books.
# Kruse, K. M. One Nation Under God. .
# LeFebvre, M. (2019). The Liturgy of Creation: Understanding Calendars in Old Testament Context. IVP Academic.
# Lewis, C. S. (1945). The Great Divorce. HarperOne.
# Lewis, C. S. (1961). A Grief Observed. HarperOne.
# Lubeck, R. (2005). Read the Bible for a Change: Understanding and Responding to God's Word. Authentic and World Vision.
# MacDonald, G. (1895). Lilith. Chatto and Windus.
# McGrath, A. Historical Theology. .
# McKenzie, T. (2014). The Anglican Way: A Guidebook. Rabbit Room.
# McKinley, R. (2018). Faith for This Moment: Navigating a Polarized World as the People of God. Baker Books.
# McKnight, S. (2004). The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others. Paraclete Press.
# McKnight, S. (2016). The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited. Zondervan.
# McKnight, S. (2018). It Takes a Church to Baptize. Brazos Press.
# McKnight, S. A Church Called Tov: Forming a Goodness Culture That Resists Abuses of Power and Promotes Healing. .
# Meadors, G. T. Four View on Moving Beyond the Bible to Theology. .
# Niequist, A. (2018). The Eternal Current. WaterBrook.
# Noll, M. A. (1995). The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind. Eerdmans.
# Noll, M. A. (2001). Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity. Baker Academic.
# Noll, M. A. (2006). The Civil War as a Theological Crisis. The University of North Carolina Press.
# Orlinsky, H. M., & Bratcher, R. G. A History of Bible Translation and the North American Contribution. .
# Packer, J. I. (2013). Weakness Is the Way: Life with Christ Our Strength. Crossway.
# Peterson, E. H. (2012). The Pastor: A Memoir. HarperOne.
# Richter, S. L. (2008). The Epic of Eden: A Christian Entry into the Old Testament. IVP Academic.
# Richter, S. L. (2020). Stewards of Eden: What Scripture Says About the Environment and Why It Matters. IVP Academic.
# Rolheiser, R. (2011). Our One Great Act of Fidelity: Waiting for Christ in the Eucharist. Image.
# Rothstein, R. (2017). The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. Liveright.
# Saint Athanasius (2012). On the Incarnation: Saint Athanasius. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press.
# Smith, J. K. A. (2009). Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation. Baker Academic.
# Sprinkle, P. (2013). Fight: A Christian Case for Non-Violence. David C Cook.
# Sprinkle, P. (2015). People to Be Loved: Why Homosexuality Is Not Just an Issue. Zondervan.
# Strauss, M. L. Distorting Scripture?: The Challenge of Bible Translation and Gender Accuracy. .
# Tannen, D. (2001). You Just Don't Understand. William Morrow Paperbacks.
# Tanner, K. Christianity the New Spirit of Capitalism. .
# Tisby, J. (2019). The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism. Zondervan.
# Walton, J. H. (2009). The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate. IVP Academic.
# Walton, J. H. (2015). The Lost World of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2-3 and the Human Origins Debate. IVP Academic.
# Walton, J. H. (2017). The Lost World of the Israelite Conquest: Covenant, Retribution, and the Fate of the Canaanites. IVP Academic.
# Walton, J. H. & Longman III, T. (2018). The Lost World of the Flood: Mythology, Theology, and the Deluge Debate. IVP Academic.
# Warren, T. H. (2016). Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life. IVP Books.
# Warren, T. H. Prayer in the Night. .
# Willard, D. (1998). The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life In God. Harper.
# Witherington III, B. (2019). Priscilla: The Life of an Early Christian. IVP Academic.
# Wright, N. T. (2008). Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church. HarperOne.
# Wright, N. T. (2013). Evil and the Justice of God. IVP Books.
# Wright, N. T. (2014). The Lord and His Prayer. Eerdmans.
# Wright, N. T. (2016). The Day the Revolution Began: Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus's Crucifixion. HarperOne.
# Wright, N. T. (2018). Paul: A Biography. HarperOne.
# Wright, N. T. How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels. .
# The Book of Amos Commentary. .
# The Contemplative Pastor. .
# The Cost of Discipleship. .
# The Inclusive Language Debate. .
# The Meal the Lord Gave Us. .
# The Myth of the American Dream. .
# The Prophetic Imagination. .
# The Religion of the Landless. .
# The Theology of the Book of Amos. .
# With Burning Hearts. .
# Sin a History. .