Summer is always a great opportunity to catch up on some reading. Here is my top ten reading list for this summer.

Tim Townsend, Mission at Nuremberg1. Tim Townsend, Mission at Nuremberg: An American Army Chaplain and the Trial of the Nazis 
The work is an account of an army chaplain commissioned to minister to the Nazis held at Nuremberg.  Sure to be thought-provoking.

Jon Balserak, John Calvin as Sixteenth-Century Prophet2. Jon Balserak, John Calvin as Sixteenth-Century Prophet
I very much enjoyed Balserak’s Divinity Compromised, a work on Calvin’s doctrine of accommodation. I look forward to his latest work.

Charles Marsh, Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer3. Charles Marsh, Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The latest biography on Dietrich Bonhoeffer,  I am looking forward to reading Marsh’s work and seeing how it stacks up to recent biographies by Eric Metaxas and Ferdinand Schlingensiepen.

Robert Rea, Why Church History Matters4. Robert F. Rea, Why Church History Matters: An Invitation to Love and Learn from Our Past
Released earlier this month, the volume has already received positive reviews.

Alan Billings, The Dove, the Fig Leaf and the Sword5. Alan Billings, The Dove, The Fig Leaf and the Sword: Why Christianity Changes its Mind about War
Beginning with Greek and Roman thought on war, the volume addresses issues of pacifism, just war, and the various understandings of war throughout the history of Christianity.

Paul Avis, In Search of Authority6. Paul Avis, In Search of Authority: Anglican Theological Method from the Reformation to the Enlightenment
I am looking forward to reading about how the issue of authority is developed in the Anglican tradition, especially in regards to the Enlightenment.

Terry Johnson, Worshipping with Calvin7. Terry L. Johnson, Worshipping with Calvin: Rediscovering the Historic Ministry and Worship of Reformed Protestantism
Mainly in preparation for a course in the fall, I am hoping the book can be used as part of the course reading.

Sung-Deuk Oak, The Making of Korean Christianity8. Sung-Deuk Oak, The Making of Korean Christianity: Protestant Encounters With Korean Religions, 1876-1915
I’ve been told the work provides an accurate narrative to the rise of Christianity in Korea, beyond the overly simplified accounts found elsewhere.

Annette G. Aubert, The German Roots of Nineteenth-Century American Theology9. Annette G. Aubert, The German Roots of Nineteenth-Century American Theology
Looking forward to this transatlantic study. Doug Sweeney writes, “The Germanization of major elements of nineteenth-century American Christian thought is finally attracting a sizable number of serious scholars. Annette Aubert now joins this group with an erudite study of the role of Vermittlungstheologie (‘mediating theology’) on American thought in general and Reformed thought in particular, focusing closely on the atonement theories of Princeton’s Charles Hodge and Emanuel Vogel Gerhart of the German Reformed Church. Her work is full of historical insight that should change the way we think about her subjects and their world. It offers a form of Atlantic history seldom seen but sorely needed by those who teach modern American religion.”

Jennifer Powell McNut, Calvin Meets Voltaire10. Jennifer Powell NcNutt, Calvin Meets Voltaire: The Clergy of Geneva in the Age of Enlightenment, 1685–1798
Religion and the Enlightenment… good enough for me.

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