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For the aggressive God seeker

robert johnston
The list author says: "I¬íve selected books written by people that this reader finds to be ¬ďon fire¬Ē God in their writing. These studies rise to the level of occupying one's mind days and weeks later ... real theological staying power.

This list spans many levels of maturity in my walk with Christ. Some books are academic. I'm an applied physicist by training and straddle the worldview that Science + Christianity = Truth. We need more Christians in the hard sciences. Christianity is losing traction on the high frontier of technology."
Insights on Romans (Swindoll's New Testament Insights)
Insights on Romans (Swindoll's New Testament Insights)
"Swindoll delivers one of the most thought provoking commentaries on this most important book of Christian theology in the NT. It is written for the 'hot for God' seeker that's graduated from Henry's-like commentaries to the next level of study. Break out a new highlighter!"
Morning and Evening: A New Edition of the Classic Devotional Based on The Holy Bible, English Standard Version
Morning and Evening: A New Edition of the Classic Devotional Based on The Holy Bible, English Standard Version
"After 2  years, I've demoted my other devotionals. This is clearly #1. It's like a lifetime supply of Godiva chocolates. This devotional has an almost supernatural ability to align scripture, Spurgeon's theology and the ups and downs of life. Spurgeon captures, elucidates and brings to understanding this precise, temporal understanding of the message."
What Have They Done with Jesus?: Beyond Strange Theories and Bad History--Why We Can Trust the Bible
What Have They Done with Jesus?: Beyond Strange Theories and Bad History--Why We Can Trust the Bible
"6 stars Our best biblical scholar and historian writes a great book for everyone."
Insights on James, 1 and 2 Peter (Swindoll's New Testament Insights)
Insights on James, 1 and 2 Peter (Swindoll's New Testament Insights)
"All of Swindoll's commentaries in this series are 5-star must-reads."
The Soul Hypothesis: Investigations into the Existence of the Soul
The Soul Hypothesis: Investigations into the Existence of the Soul
"A superb intellectual assault on materialism. An academic read. An 'important' book."
The Lost History of Christianity: The Thousand-Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia--and How It Died
The Lost History of Christianity: The Thousand-Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia--and How It Died
"If you think the Good News did not spread until modern times, think again. What a great read! I really can't keep this one out of my mind."
The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought
The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought
"A philosophical rendering with a Christian worldview."
Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading
Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading
"This is the first book I can recall reading that addresses "How to read the Bible" ..."
Tell It Slant: A Conversation on the Language of Jesus in His Stories and Prayers
Tell It Slant: A Conversation on the Language of Jesus in His Stories and Prayers
"Peterson guides the reader through Christ's work-a-day, casual and spontaneous conversations. Peterson provides another reflection basis to imagine the God made flesh as He deals with all sorts that came across Him and were curious. Part 1 is masterpiece!"
Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places: A Conversation in Spiritual Theology
Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places: A Conversation in Spiritual Theology
"A Bible translator reveals back alleys. This was a deep read with a great reward. Not easy ... CS Lewis deep."
The Holiness of God
The Holiness of God
"Holiness on God's level is simply incomprehensible ... Sproul is not. God is Holy, man is not ... but ... we must be made Holy. So ... how far are we from Holiness??? Sproul points out that the distance between man and angels can be hypothetically measured. God said we were created a little less than angels. However, the Holiness distance between man and God is infinite."
The Jesus Way: A Conversation on the Ways That Jesus Is the Way
The Jesus Way: A Conversation on the Ways That Jesus Is the Way
"3rd in Peterson's opus series. Deep, readable and absolutely excellent!"
The New Testament Story
The New Testament Story
"Interested in the provenance and legitimact of the NT canon? You want facts to last iota? This is my primary reference."
Truths We Confess: A Layman's Guide to the Westminster Confession of Faith: Volume 1: The Triune God
Truths We Confess: A Layman's Guide to the Westminster Confession of Faith: Volume 1: The Triune God
"This is a scary-great read. It's one grand step toward a greater understanding, transported with great diligence by those that went before us ... and with the expert help of R.C."
Prayer (50th Anniversary Edition)
Prayer (50th Anniversary Edition)
"Prayer is hard. Christ gave us the model, The Lord's Prayer. Barth dissects it word by word as the model for communicating with God."
Heaven
Heaven
"How did I ever miss the concept!?"
Time and Eternity: Exploring God's Relationship to Time
Time and Eternity: Exploring God's Relationship to Time
"For the scientifically oriented. Get back to the very basics. God is always 1 step beyond the greatest theory"
The Acts of the Apostles : A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary
The Acts of the Apostles : A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary
"This has to be as complete as a commentary can get. Witherington's translational based socio-rhetorical dissection to understand the intent of meaning is convincing and thought provoking."
The Mystery of the Holy Spirit
The Mystery of the Holy Spirit
"The Holy Spirit is a mystery. Learn what we know and how to listen."
Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics
Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics
"Heavy read ... well worth the effort"
George MacDonald: An Anthology 365 Readings
George MacDonald: An Anthology 365 Readings
"Complex theological sound bites that will occupy your day"
1 and 2 Thessalonians: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary
1 and 2 Thessalonians: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary
"Ben Witherington appears to be a unique combination of an updated and expert ancient linguist, master of the Bible as we know it + hundreds of Gnostic and ancient commentaries, and a "what were they thinking" inquisitiveness that transports the time and place of Paul's world into current focus. What a commentary should be."
The Pursuit of God: The Human Thirst For the Divine
The Pursuit of God: The Human Thirst For the Divine
"If you've enjoyed the works of CS Lewis, it would follow that Tozer's, Pursuit of God will leave you with a similar WOW. Pursuit of God is an "A-list" read for those with that curiously voracious need to better understand God."
The Epistle to the Romans
The Epistle to the Romans
"I tried this book after seeing it referred to in other texts where it was described as initiating a fundamental shift from moral sermonizing to Biblical based teachings. Barth's strong commentary of Paul's letter jumps from the pages. Barth's interpretations leave little wiggle room to debate anything but the straight up interpretation of Paul's letter."
God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and Ethics
God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and Ethics
"Having read everything I can get my hands on by CS Lewis, this one is indespensible. It's a chronologic collection of short lectures, guest sermons, letters to the editor, secular speaking, audience Q&A's from the WWII years through his last. This is a great collection of how to make the most complex, simple"
Essential Works of Charles Spurgeon
Essential Works of Charles Spurgeon
"Immerse yourself in 1500 pages"
Apostle of the Crucified Lord: A Theological Introduction to Paul and His Letters
Apostle of the Crucified Lord: A Theological Introduction to Paul and His Letters
"Everything you want to know about Pauline theology. A masterpiece."
The Complete C.S. Lewis Signature Classics
The Complete C.S. Lewis Signature Classics
"Yes, a masterpiece ... this rendition is a best value for money"
David: A Man of Passion & Destiny (Great Lives from God's Words, Volume 1)
David: A Man of Passion & Destiny (Great Lives from God's Words, Volume 1)
"We are all David ..."
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
"Providence at work! A masterpiece biography."
The Resurrection of the Son of God (Christian Origins and the Question of God, Vol. 3)
The Resurrection of the Son of God (Christian Origins and the Question of God, Vol. 3)
"Vol 3! I spent over a year reading all of Wright's 3 volume set. The 3rd Volume superbly crafted and the best of the 3 IMHO. Want to know about what happens when you die? Here is the most Judeo-Christian information I've ever seen gathered on the topic for your consideration"
Jesus and the Victory of God (Christian Origins and the Question of God, Volume 2)
Jesus and the Victory of God (Christian Origins and the Question of God, Volume 2)
"Volume 2 of 3 A little slower than Vol 1 but a must read to put Vol3 in perspective."
The New Testament and the People of God/ Christian Origins and the Question of God, Vol.1
The New Testament and the People of God/ Christian Origins and the Question of God, Vol.1
"Vol 1 of 3 This is advanced level reading so be warned. All 3 volumes constitute an incredible, very long, read. I loved it!"