My Favorite Books and Authors

I’ve had a number of people ask me what my favorite books are or who my favorite authors are, so I figured it was due time to post this on my blog.

Though I certainly don’t agree with each of them in a number of areas, some of my favorite authors are Clark Pinnock, Karl Barth, and Jürgen Moltmann.

Since I most love systematic theology, my favorite books are, of course, systematic theology books. And most of them fit within my primary areas of research.

Barth’s major multi-volume work, Church Dogmatics, is quite lengthy. However his short one-volume version is a great entry to his work:

Barth DOBarth, Karl.  Dogmatics in Outline. trans. G. T. Thomson. London: SCM, 1949.


Other systematic theologies I much appreciate include:

GrenzGrenz, Stanley, Theology for the Community of God. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000. (Canadian Baptist, Arminian)



MiglioreMigliore, Daniel L. Faith Seeking Understanding: An Introduction to Christian Theology. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004. (Presbyterian, Reformed)



Some other favorite books include (again, I find these books inspiring, but it doesn’t mean I agree with everything they say):

barth CDBarth, Karl.  Church Dogmatics. [vol. II, part 1, Chapter 6 “The Reality of God”= pages 257-678]. Translation edited by G. W. Bromiley and T. F. Torrance. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1957.



edwards, breath

Edwards, Denis. Breath of Life: A Theology of the Creator Spirit. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2004.



macchia baptizedMacchia, Frank D. Baptized in the Spirit: A Global Pentecostal Theology. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2006.



Moltmann SLMoltmann, Jürgen. The Spirit of Life: A Universal Affirmation. Translated by Margaret Kohl. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 1992.



Moltmann, TKMoltmann, Jürgen. The Trinity and the Kingdom: The Doctrine of God. Translated by Margaret Kohl. San Francisco, CA: Harper and Row, 1981.



pinnock flamePinnock, Clark H. Flame of Love: A Theology of the Holy Spirit. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1996.



welker spirit2Welker, Michael. God the Spirit. Translated by John F. Hoffmeyer. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 1994.


And don’t forget…🙂

Gabriel.TheLordIsTheSpirit.98890Gabriel, Andrew K. The Lord is the Spirit: The Holy Spirit and the Divine Attributes. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2011. (especially chapter 4-7!)



In case you missed it, I don’t agree with everything the above authors say.

And my favorite journals are:

pneumaPneuma: The Journal for the Society of Pentecostal Studies (3 volumes a year for $84 – see here)



PENT16_2.inddJournal of Pentecostal Theology (2 volumes a year for $43 – see here)

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