2011

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Awards:

  • Book of the Year: John Frame, The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God.
  • Surprise of the Year: Joseph Alleine, A Sure Guide to Heaven.

Categories:

  • Weight: Does the book treat an important topic asking and answering the most germane questions?
  • Research: Does the writer demonstrate a thorough command of the subject?
  • Style: Did you look forward to reading the book for its theme, vocabulary, syntax, and composition?
  • Logic: Did the book model logic in definitions, formatting, and focus?
  • Affections: Was some truth presented powerfully to the affections?

Scoring:

  • The highest scores is a ten or rarely an eleven.

0     The book was notable for lacking this category repeatedly.

1     The book dipped into this category at times.

2     The book consistently demonstrated this category.

3     One in a million.

Annotated Bibliography

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____. Saint PatrickAn interesting, brief introduction to Patrick’s life from a Catholic friendly perspective. Unfortunately, I left it on the plane in Madrid. 1 2 1 1 0

5

Adler, Mortimer. How to Speak How to Listen, 1983, 280 pp.Listening is hard and speaking is even harder because they are performances. Therefore, we must learn certain practical rules to do these critical and common activities well. 2 2 2 2 1

9

Alleine, Joseph. A Sure Guide to Heaven, Banner of Truth, 1960, 160 pp.This book represents the best of Puritan evangelism—an art that aims for the intellect, emotions, and will. His prayers and pleading were the most helpful parts of the book. 2 2 2 1 2

9

Bettenson, Henry, ed. Documents of the Christian Church, Oxford, 1963, 343 pp.A catalogue of ancient church documents. Necessary at times, but not interesting. 1 2 0 1 0

4

Burgess, Stuart. The Origin of Man, Day One, 2004, 170 pp.What a surprise! Burgess catalogues scores of designed differences between apes and humans that defy evolution like the human eyebrow—it has no essential purpose except beauty. Quick and fun. 1 2 2 1 2

8

Cairns, Alan. Dictionary of Theological Terms, Ambassador, 2002, 538 pp.A great resource. It scored low, because reference works aren’t usually page turners. 1 2 1 2 0

6

Annotated Bibliography

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Clark, Gordon. Logic, Trinity, 1985, 123 pp.Disappointing. It is basically a textbook on formal logic and validity, not the living applications of how to gain true knowledge like Watts and Frame. 1 2 0 2 0

5

Dever, Mark. Nine Marks of a Healthy Church, Crossway, 2004. 288 pp.Of course all the marks were true, but they also had some overlap. And if these marks are already basic to you, then the book is like listening to a nice song for the second time.

 

Dever, Mark. The Deliberate Church, Crossway, 2005, 224 pp.Practical applications of the Gospel to the life of the church. Thoughtful and helpful. 2 2 2 2 1

9

  1. 10.
Dreyfus, Hubert. On the Internet, 2008, 192 pp.Probably the least interesting book of the year. I only read it to write the report. Non Christian; heavy with psychology. 1 1 1 0 0

3

  1. 11.
Eusebius, Church History, 300+ pp.A necessary original source, but not very interesting. 2 1 1 0 1

5

  1. 12.
Frame, John. The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God, P&R, 1985, 437 pp.This volume deals with a critical subject, epistemology, from a relentlessly Christian and wonderfully insightful perspective. I think of it in an important way as a 21st century updating of Watts’ 18th century Logic. 3 2 2 2 1

10

  1. 13.
G.K. Chesteron, Thomas Aquinas, 197 pp.A thoughtful, pro-Catholic introduction to Aquinas. 1 2 1 1 0

5

  1. 14.
MacArthur, John. The Christian and Government, Word of Grace, 1986, 91 pp.A series of messages that MacArthur preached with his characteristic use of the Bible. Helpful and conversation-starting. 2 1 1 2 0

6

  1. 15.
Melville, Herman. Moby Dick, audio.What a surprise! The book is only a half novel with the other half explaining in fascinating detail about whaling. In light of Captain Ahab’s bad leadership, I resolved to be a godly leader. 1 3 2 1 1

8

  1. 16.
Nash, Ronald, Faith and Reason, Zondervan, 1988, 295 pp.Nash explores the philosophical issues at the core of the Christian faith. Presuppositional with a bent toward Plantinga. 2 2 1 2 0

7

  1. 17.
Nash, Ronald. Closing of the American Heart, Probe, 1990, 235 pp.Written as a Christian follow up to Bloom’s book, Nash urges believers to classically educate their children. Dated. 1 2 1 2 0

6

  1. 18.
Palmer, Donald. Looking at Philosophy, 4th ed. McGraw Hill, 2006, 446 pp.Though the score doesn’t show it, I enjoyed this book. It is a series of brief articles about different philosophers that only could have been improved if Palmer were a Christian. 1 2 1 2 0

6

Annotated Bibliography

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  1. 19.
Piper, John. Don’t Waste Your Life, Crossway, 2003, 189 pp.A timely call to serious dedication. The book applies to all ages, and has the remarkable ability to be Biblical, thoughtful, and readable all at once. 2 2 2 1 2

9

  1. 20.
Piper, John. Think, Crossway, 2010, 222 pp.Christians should love God with their minds by studying every aspect of God’s world and every line of God’s Word. Enjoyable and short. 2 1 2 2 2

9

  1. 21.
Piper, John. What Jesus Demands from the World, Crossway, 2006, 400 pp.Short chapters explaining each demand that Jesus made while on earth. The formatting was helpful and distracting at times, but the theology is so solid that it scores Piper-high. 2 2 1 2 2

9

  1. 22.
Poythress, Vern. Symphonic Theology, P&R, 1987, 128 pp.A poor man’s version of certain key sections in Frame’s The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God. A lot of helpful thoughts. 1 2 2 2 0

7

  1. 23.
Silzer, Peter, and Thomas Finley. How Biblical Languages Work, Kregel, 2004, 258 pp.An introduction to linguistics. Necessary for some, but not very interesting. 0 2 1 1 0

4

  1. 24.
Sowell, Thomas. Race and Culture, Basic, 1994, 331 pp.Worldview which is basically synonymous with culture is the reason for the economic and social differences between the races. Tons of illustrations. 2 2 1 2 1

8

  1. 25.
Stevenson, Robert Louis. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, audio.Stevenson paints a page turning fictional account that frighteningly uncovers the true nature of man. The greatest benefit of this short work is the way it engages the imagination. 2 1 2 1 2

8

  1. 26.
Tolkien, J.R.R. Lord of the Rings, 1007 pp.I love this book because it challenges me to be creative, confronts me with the nature of man’s depravity, excites me with memorable masculinity, models a writing style that grips the heart, and reinforces other aspects of a Christian worldview. Pleasurable and profitable. 1 3 2 2 2

10

  1. 27.
Vhymeister, Nancy. Quality Research Papers, Zondervan, 2008, 288 pp.Necessary reference for academic work. 0 2 1 1 0

4

  1. 28.
Wittgenstein, Ludwig. Tractatus-Logico Philosophicus, pdf, 1918, 39 pp. (A4)An influential volley among the early 20th century’s philosophers. It presents language as a picture of reality such that ultimately language is incapable of communicating any absolute metaphysical truths. Read it for a paper. 1 1 0 1 0

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