This week, Drs. Scott Hildreth, Ross Inman, and Sam Morris recommend three books for your summer reading list.
The Cross and the Prodigal: Luke 15 Through the Eyes of Middle Eastern Peasants
By Kenneth E. Bailey (IVP, 2005)
Scott Hildreth: I have long been fascinated by the teaching about the grace and heart of God revealed through Luke 15. This summer I plan to read two books by Kenneth E. Bailey: The Cross and the Prodigal (pictured above) and Jacob & the Prodigal: How Jesus Retold Israel’s Story.
Dr. Scott Hildreth is Assistant Professor of Missiology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and George Liele Director of the Center for Great Commission Studies.
Where Prayer Becomes Real: How Honesty with God Transforms Your Soul
By Kyle Strobel and John Coe (Baker, 2021)
Ross Inman: This is a paradigm-shaping book that has the potential to completely overhaul how you relate to God in prayer. Personally, the book has guided me into a deeper, more truthful posture of prayer before the Living God. It has helped expose my improper motives in prayer, challenged my often tacit conception of prayer as fundamentally performative or about “being good” before God, and has pointed me towards the beauty of the honest truth that I am fully loved in the truth of who I am, in my goodness and in my sin. This book is a helpful reminder that the triune God already knows that I have no clue how to pray as I should (Rom. 8:26), and of the glorious truth there’s a different way, a deeper way, that leads to transformation.
Dr. Ross Inman is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Why Everything Matters: The Gospel in Ecclesiastes
By Philip G. Ryken (Christian Focus, 2015)
Sam Morris: Ecclesiastes is not often preached through or about. It remains, seemingly, an anomaly in the Scriptures. Dr. Phil Ryken does an incredible job in applying the book of Ecclesiastes to the world today. Western Christianity, and Western Culture in total, stands only to benefit from a deeper understanding of a biblical study of wisdom and the implications it has for our daily lives especially as it relates to evangelism in an increasingly post-Christian world.
Dr. Sam Morris is Director of Admissions at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Previous Summer Reading Lists
- Ken Keathley: The Controversial First Evangelical
- Benjamin Quinn: How We Got Here, and Where We’re Going
- Penny Keathley: Thriving in a Godless Culture
- Matt Mullins: From Poetry to the Trail of Tears
- Keith Whitfield: Responding to a “Dizzying” New Reality
- Karen Swallow Prior: “As Refreshing as a Summer Breeze”
- Kristin Kellen, Jeremy Bell, and Lauren Pratt: On Suffering
- Sharon Chung: Timeless Wisdom
- David W. Jones, Greg Welty, Ivan Spencer: On Culture
- Mark Liederbach, Christy Thornton, Dougald McLaurin: On Theology