I get by with a little help from my friends – response to “which books should I read before theological college?”

Me with the one book on the list I already have!Yesterday I shared my pre-college reading list here asking advice of friends on Twitter and Facebook as well. Thanks to everyone who responded.

I thought it would be good to try and summarise the advice I got here – I’m sure I’ll end up adding to this over the months to come but I hope it serves as a resource for others and also a tribute to how fabulous all my friends on Twitter and Facebook are!

General advice

Further recommended reading

So far, from the list I had been given I have had Steven Croft & Roger Walton’s Learning for Ministry recommended but actually ended up having some other books recommended which I have put on an Amazon wish list here.

Here are the recommendations, an ‘alternative’ reading list, if you will:

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Wild: An Elemental Journey by Jay Griffiths (Author)

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Honourably Wounded by Marjory F. Foyle (Author)

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The Bible Makes Sense by Walter Bruggemann (Author)

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TRANSFORMING MISSION (American Society of Missiology) by BOSCH (Author)

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Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim’s Tale by Ian Morgan Cron (Author)

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A Little Exercise for Young Theologians by Helmut Thielicke (Author), Charles L. Taylor (Translator)

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A Little Book for New Theologians: Why and How to Study Theology by Kelly M. Kapic (Author)

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Can These Dry Bones Live? by Frances Young (Author)

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Reading the Bible with the Damned (Interpretation Bible Studies) by B Ekblad (Author)

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What They Don’t Teach You at Theological College: A Practical Guide to Life in the Ministry by Malcolm Grundy (Author)

Thanks to everyone who’s contributed so far. I’ll keep this post updated so feel free to keep adding your thoughts and suggestions.

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One comment

  1. It’s interesting how the booklists from different theological/training institutions vary, as the one I’ve been sent doesn’t have too many similar titles, although I’d need to check that through carefully. I’ve also been advised by folk who have done the same MA at Cuddesdon that I’m meant to be starting in September, that
    1) many of the one’s on the list I’ve been sent aren’t really suitable for the MA I’m meant to be doing, so ignore them
    2) make the most of the freedom between now and then to read what you want, or do other things that will help make space for the studying!

    So, the book pile next to my chair stays mostly unread, and I’m off to Preston next week to visit my God-daughter and her family, in case I don’t get much of a chance to see her for a while!

    I will try and blog and cross reference to your list though, so we can compare notes a little more closely.


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