Summer Reading List

Raising Sons of Courage and Character: Benjamin Quinn’s Summer Reading List

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As summer begins, we want to help you craft the perfect Summer Reading List. We asked Southeastern Seminary professors what books they would recommend, and we’ll share their recommendations in coming weeks.

Today, Center for Faith and Culture Associate Director Benjamin Quinn recommends two books for your summer reading list.

This book is a wonderful personal and practical resource for shaping young men “of character and courage.”

The Intentional Father: A Practical Guide to Raise Sons of Courage and Character
by Jon Tyson (Baker Books, 2021)

For any man with boys, or with influence over young men, I cannot recommend this book more highly. As a dad of three boys (the first of which turns 13 this year), I am fast realizing how little time I have left to pour into them. Tyson felt the same urgency as his son, Nate, was approaching his 13th birthday. So, he decided to make a plan to ensure that all of the conversation, skills, and experiences that he felt were important for Nate by his 18th birthday were implanted by that time. The result of that plan is this book The Intentional Father. In the book, Tyson tells the why, what, and how of those few years with Nate. From the “initiation” ceremony to early morning talks and readings to road trips to practicing how to carry dinner time conversations, Tyson offers both a process to follow and a narrative for how it went with him and Nate. This book is a wonderful personal and practical resource for shaping young men “of character and courage.”

Wonderfully Made: A Protestant Theology of the Body
by John W. Kleinig (Lexham, 2021)

I’ve just begun this wonderful (pun intended) little volume by Kleinig that could not be more timely. Thoughtful Christian approaches to our embodiment is long overdue, especially for evangelicals who stress so much of the spiritual but tend to shun the material. God built us with bodies on purpose, however, underscored especially by the bodily resurrection of our Lord. Kleinig writes that his book “considers the human body theologically as God’s creation, so that we may regard it as he does and treat it as he desires….it is written in praise of the triune God who has created the human body to reflect his glory, rescues it from death and destruction, and makes it holy.”

The seven chapters include Body Matters, The Created Body, The Redeemed Body, The Spiritual Body, The Sexual Body, The Spousal Body, and The Living Body. Kleinig’s holistic approach with material, spiritual, and relational consideration is sure to serve Christians well as we recover a proper theology of the body.

 

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Benjamin Quinn

Associate Professor of Theology and History of Ideas

Dr. Quinn is an Assistant Professor of Theology and History of Ideas. He also serves as the Associate Dean of Institutional Effectiveness for the College at Southeastern. He is the co-author of Every Waking Hour.

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