Which books should I read before going to Theological College?
So, I’ve been recommended for training for ordination in the Anglican Church and I’m going to be studying a BA in Theology and Ministry at Cranmer Hall, Durham from this Autumn. All exciting stuff! I’ve been sent a pre-course reading list to work my way through this summer.
This is where you might be able to help me:
- Which of the books on the list below do you think are essential reading?
- Which one book would you recommend I read before starting my course? (it doesn’t have to be on the list!)
- Do you have any of the books on the list that you’d be willing to lend or give to me?
- Do you have any other tips on what to do before I go or even what to take with me? (I’ll be a weekly boarder)
Feel free to leave a comment below this post or email me. Thanks so much for your help. Now, which looks the easiest to read on that list…
View on Amazon here (I made a wish list in case a random stranger wanted to buy any of them for me!): http://www.amazon.co.uk/registry/wishlist/2SCFN5BXYKNU4/ref=cm_wl_rlist_go_o
Steve Croft & Roger Walton, Learning for Ministry (Church House Publishing, 2005)
Steven Croft, Ministry in Three Dimensions. Ordination and Leadership in the Local Church (DLT, 1999) – READ THIS ALREADY! YAY!
Ellen F. Davis, Getting Involved with God : Rediscovering the Old Testament (Cowley , 2001)
Richard S. Briggs, Reading the Bible Wisely: An Introduction to Taking Scripture Seriously (Revised edition; Wipf and Stock, 2011)
Michael Lloyd Café Theology (Alpha, 2005)
Rowan Williams, Why Study the Past? (DLT, 2003)
Jean Comby, How to Read Church History (2 vols, SCM, 1985, 1989)
Eugene Peterson, Working the Angles: the Shape of Pastoral Integrity (Eerdmans, 1993)
John Pritchard, The Life and Work of a Priest (SPCK, 2007) - READ THIS ALREADY! YAY!
John Barton & Julia Bowden, The Original Story: God, Israel and the World (DLT, 2004)
Richard A. Burridge, Four Gospels, One Jesus? (2nd ed, SPCK, 2005)
N.T. Wright, The Challenge of Jesus (SPCK, 2000) – I’VE ALREADY GOT THIS ONE, HAVEN’T READ IT YET THOUGH
T. Grass, Modern Church History, (London: SCM Press 2008)
Mark Mckintosh, Divine Teaching (Blackwell, 2008)
Bob Jackson, Hope for the Church: Contemporary Strategies for Growth (Church House, 2002)
Stephen Spencer, SCM Studyguide to Christian Mission (SCM Press, 2007)
David Day, Embodying the Word: A Preacher’s Guide (SPCK, 2005)
Paul Goodliff, Care in a Confused Climate (DLT, 1998)
Judy Hirst, Struggling to be Holy (DLT, 2006)
David Runcorn, Spirituality Workbook. A Guide for Explorers, Pilgrims and Seekers (SPCK, 2006)