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December 7, 2010

Required Reading

I just got a digital copy of the new book Besides the Bible: 100 Books That Have, Should or Will Create Christian Culture, edited by three of the architects of Burnside Writers Collective--Dan Gibson, Jordan Green and John Pattison. You might think of it as a shopping list for Christmas; the featured titles range from classic to very new and widely recognized to practically invisible (full disclosure: I wrote a review of nature's most nearly perfect book, Forgetting Ourselves on Purpose), so I think it's a safe bet that there's something for everyone in there--even, for your friendly atheist friends, a profile of three recent books challenging the historical and moral legitimacy of Christianity.

Four books published by InterVarsity Press made the list. Dan Gibson did the write-up of three of them, and John Pattison wrote the fourth, so I'm afraid Jordan Green will be getting a lump of coal from IVP this year. In what I think is chronological order, here are the picks from IVP:

Congratulations to these four contemporary classics!

Posted by Dave Zimmerman at December 7, 2010 11:05 AM Bookmark and Share


You are right about Forgetting Ourselves on Purpose. What a great, great book. Do any stores carry it? We do!

Thanks for this fun little review. Poor JG.


Comment by: Byron Borger at December 7, 2010 11:04 PM

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