The following resources are books that I have found useful in my own theological journey. These books are in no particular order. I hope to continue to add to this list as I continue on my journey in the study of theology. If there are any theological resources that you have found helpful please email me at: Joshua19carpenter@gmail.com to suggest books or other resources that you may feel belong on this page.

General Judeo-Christian Theology

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Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis  

“If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.” 

Link: Mere Christianity

 

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Cold-Case Christianity by J. Warner Wallace

“Christianity is a statement which, if false, is of no importance, and, if true, is of infinite importance. The one thing it cannot be is moderately important.” 

Link:  Cold-Case Christianity

 

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The Knowledge of The Holy by A. W. Tozer

“Yet if we would know God and for other’s sake tell what we know we must try to speak of his love. All Christians have tried but none has ever done it very well. I can no more do justice to that awesome and wonder-filled theme than a child can grasp a star. Still by reaching toward the star the child may call attention to it and even indicate the direction one must look to see it.”

Link:  The Knowledge of the Holy

 

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You Are What You Love by James K. A. Smith

“Worship is the arena in which God recalibrates our hearts, reforms our desires, and rehabituates our loves. Worship isn’t just something we do; it is where God does something to us. Worship is the heart of discipleship because it is the gymnasium in which God retrains our hearts.” 

Link: You Are What You Love

 

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Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“Let him who cannot be alone beware of community… Let him who is not in community beware of being alone… Each by itself has profound perils and pitfalls. One who wants fellowship without solitude plunges into the void of words and feelings, and the one who seeks solitude without fellowship perishes in the abyss of vanity, self-infatuation and despair.” 

Link: Life Together

 

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The Grand Weaver by Ravi Zacharias

“God the Grand Weaver seeks those with tender hearts so that he can put his imprint on them. Your hurts and your disappointments are part of that design, to shape your heart and the way you feel about reality. The hurts you live through will always shape you. There is no other way.” 

Link:  The Grand Weaver

 

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The Problem of Pain by C. S. Lewis

“We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” 

Link:  The Problem of Pain


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The Didache by The Twelve Apostles

“Thou shalt hate all hypocrisy and everything that is not pleasing to God; thou shalt not abandon the commandments of the Lord, but shalt guard that which thou hast received, neither adding thereto nor taking therefrom; thou shalt confess thy transgressions in the church, and shalt not come unto prayer with an evil conscience. This is the path of life.” 

Link: The Didache

 

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Handbook of Christian Apologetics by Peter Kreeft & Ronald K. Tacelli

“We do not believe reason should usurp the primacy of faith, hope, and love. We agree with classical Christian orthodoxy as expressed in medieval formulas like fides quaerens intellectum (‘faith seeking understanding”) and credo ut intelligam (“I believe in order that I may understand”). That is to say that when faith comes first, understanding follows, and is vastly aided by faith’s tutelage. But we also agree with the classical position’s contention that many of the things God has revealed to us to be believed, such as his own existence and some of his attributes, can also be proved by human reason, properly used.”

Link:  Handbook of Christian Apologetics

 

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God in Search of Man: A Philosophy of Judaism by Abraham Joshua Heschel

“It is customary to blame secular science and anti-religious philosophy for the eclipse of religion in modern society. It would be more honest to blame religion for its own defeats. Religion declined not because it was refuted, but because it became irrelevant, dull, oppressive, insipid. When faith is completely replaced by creed, worship by discipline, love by habit; when the crisis of today is ignored because of the splendor of the past; when faith becomes an heirloom rather than a living fountain; when religion speaks only in the name of authority rather than with the voice of compassion–its message becomes meaningless.” 

Link: God in Search of Man : A Philosophy of Judaism

 

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The Prophets by Abraham Joshua Heschel

“From the beginnings of Israelite religion the belief that God had chosen this particular people to carry out His mission has been both a cornerstone of Hebrew faith and a refuge in moments of distress. And yet, the prophets felt that to many of their contemporaries this cornerstone was a stumbling block; this refuge, an escape. They had to remind the people that chosenness must not be mistaken as divine favoritism or immunity from chastisement, but, on the contrary, that it meant being more seriously exposed to divine judgment and chastisement.” 

Link:  The Prophets


If you have any suggestions for good theological resources please email me at joshua19carpenter@gmail.com.