I am flaky when it comes to books. Often I desire to read this or that particular work only to find it less interesting than I imagined. My shelves have many partially read books waiting to be reengaged.

That being said these are five books that have caught my interest that I would like to either (a) read or (b) at least have on my shelves for a future date:

(1) C. Kavin Rowe, Early Narrative Christology: The Lord in the Gospel of Luke

I have heard positive things about Rowe as a upcoming scholar and other than Pauline literature there is nothing else I enjoy more than Lukan literature. In this book he explores Luke’s use of the word “Lord”.

(2) C. Kavin Rowe, World Upside Down: Reading Acts in the Graeco-Roman Age

Like I said above I really like Lukan literature and theology and I have had hundreds of discussions on the  Book of Acts due to my Pentecostal upbringing. This book seems really helpful.

(3) Richard Bauckham, Jesus and the God of Israel: God Crucified and Other Studies on the New Testament’s Christology of Divine Identity

Nick rebuked me for not having this book yet and I have heard too much about it not to read it.

(4) Larry Hurtado, Lord Jesus Christ: Devotion to Jesus in Earliest Christianity

Along with Dunn’s new work on early Christian worship this book it a must read (and another book for which I have been rebuked by Nick for not having).

(5) Stanley Hauerwaus, Hannah’s Child: A Theologian’s Memoir

I haven’t read as much Hauerwaus as I would like but what I have read has influenced me. Also, I think a theologian’s memoir would be an interesting read.

Honorable mention: James K.A. Smith, Thinking in Tongues: Pentecostal Contributions to Christian Theology

So if anyone is feeling generous send me an email and I will give you my address for mailing!