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Trending Titles: Book Recommendations from Gordon-Conwell Faculty

Gordon-Conwell faculty share what they have been reading recently.

Dr. Jeff Arthurs

Chair of Division of Ministry of the Church; Professor of Preaching and Communication

  • Lord of the Rings trilogy, JRR Tolkien

"Beautiful use of language, skillful construction of plot; permeated with Christian themes such as humility, hope, and honor."

"Presents a practical theology of the Trinity in accessible language; warms the heart about our great and loving God."


Dr. Ken Barnes

Director of the Mockler Center; Mockler-Phillips Associate Professor of Workplace Theology and Business Ethics

"An excellent little book by the current Archbishop of Canterbury (a former oil company executive) on the relationship between faith and money."


Dr. Jack Davis

Chair of the Division of Christian Thought;
Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics

"A seminal study of in-depth discipleship in the early church, with rich lessons for today."

  • The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World, Iain McGilchrist (Yale University Press, 2012)

"Recent research on brain lateralization and neuroscience; implications for teaching and preaching."

"Fascinating social psychology study of why liberals and conservatives differ."

  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander (New Press, 2010)

"Vital analysis in a post-Ferguson, 'Trumpian' America."


Dr. Donald Fairbairn

Academic Dean (Charlotte); Robert E. Cooley Professor of Early Christianity

"Since there is so much current interest in the relation between Christianity and Islam, and since most evangelicals are unaware that there have been Arab Christians living among the Middle Eastern Muslims since the inception of Islam, we are in great need of some historical perspective. This book is a reader of Arab Christian sources dating from 700-1700, most of them interacting directly with the Muslim world around the Christians. When this book was published, it provided the starting point for my new course, 'Early Eastern Christianity beyond Byzantium,' and I had the students read it as well."


Dr. Scott Gibson

Director of the Center for Preaching; Haddon W. Robinson Professor of Preaching and Ministry

  • Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, J.D. Vance (HarperCollins, 2016)

"A compelling and helpful book in putting into focus the challenges of class in the United States. Insightful in understanding the role of religion in the lower/working class poor."

  • White Trash: The 400-Year History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg (Viking, 2016)

"A compelling (and more technical than Hillbilly Elegy) study of the origins of class in the United States."

"A helpful handbook that'll encourage preachers in various areas to be better at what we do."

Three additional books that are excellent resources for pastoral ministry:


Dr. Rollin G. Grams

Associate Professor of New Testament

"These recent, Biblical studies on the Church are well worth careful reading in light of the various changes and challenges that the Church is facing in the west. They offer studies in Scripture that are highly relevant to contemporary, ecclesiastical issues. Block is an Old Testament scholar and focuses on worship. Thompson is a Pauline scholar and focuses on the church as community. (Thompson's chapter on justification is, in my view, unsuccessful, but the rest of the book is well worth the read.)"


Dr. Karen Mason

Associate Professor of Counseling and Psychology

"I was interested to read this book because Dr. Johnson describes Emotion Focused Therapy in the book, one of the most used approaches to counseling couples today, and because Kenneth Sanderfer demonstrates how the Bible underlies the approach. The book did not disappoint. The integration and examples of Christian couples are evident throughout the book. And, best of all, "Created for Connection" assists Christian couples in seven conversations to help them increase a sense of connection and intimacy in their marriages. I've already begun to recommend the book widely."


Dr. Aida Spencer

Professor of New Testament

"It is three hours long, but definitely one of the most powerful Bible movies we have seen. It is pretty close to the Bible account. For those who live in Hamilton or Wenham, it is in the public library."


Dr. Adonis Vidu

Associate Professor of Theology

"This is atonement theology that really preaches. From much beloved Episcopal preacher Fleming Rutledge."

"Ever wonder why God first reveals himself as One? Pick up your Sanders and wonder no more! This is trinitarian theology of the highest caliber."

"I like Crisp because he realizes Calvinism needs saving. But beware, non-Calvinists: he might deprive us of our excuses."

"This is another bombshell to fall in the theologian's playground. Not an easy read, but this theologian's theology will bring you to your knees in praise."