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Subject: Favorite Theologians and Apologists?
Date Posted: 11/14/2011 5:24 PM ET
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I enjoy C.S. Lewis.  My favorite that I've read for so far has been "The Four Loves".  It helped me get a better understanding of myself and others.

In the past year or so, I've been reading translations of Hildegard of Bingen's works.  She is a fascinating nun who achieved notarity as a theologian, an apologist, a mystic, an herbalist, and a musician. 

I have Saint Thomas Acquinas, Saint Augustine, and Saint Francis waiting to be read on my shelf or on my EReader. All of these works are out of copyright and available for free download at http://sacred-texts.com/download.htm .

Does anybody else have any favorites?  Who are they?  And what works touched you deeply and why?

Date Posted: 11/17/2011 7:42 PM ET
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I learn alot from Oswald Chambers, John MacArthur, and Charles Stanley. I have recently been reading a bit of Charles Spurgeon.  

Date Posted: 11/17/2011 11:00 PM ET
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The only one I've read by Oswald Chambers was "My Utmost for His Highest" daily devotional.  I enjoyed the daily readings.  They really made me pause to think and consider my own daily life.

I haven't read any of the others you listed, but they look good.  Were there any works by them in particular that you would suggest?  What parts did you like?


Date Posted: 11/19/2011 5:21 PM ET
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Anything by W. Phillip Keller, especially A Shepherd Looks at Psalms 23

Also anything by Warren W. Weirsbe

Date Posted: 11/20/2011 3:19 PM ET
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I used a few of John MacArthur's Bible studies, but what I really love is my John MacArthur Study Bible. (I hope I did the link correctly). I've learned so much from studying this Bible, which I've only had for about a year. I also like to read his sermons and access other resources on his site at www.gty.org. There is so much there that I haven't even begun to delve into all of it. 

I have read My Utmost for His Highest a couple of times--and parts of it several times. The writing is so tight. Every sentence is food for thought. I think that I could only have my Bible and this one other book and I would have more than I needed to digest for the rest of my life. Alas, as a reader, I have to continue to gobble up other books, but I always go back to this one by Oswald Chambers.

I have always admired Charles Stanley. I have read parts of a couple of his books, but the one that has kept my interest the past several months is

I think that I've grown as a Christian, as I've read this devotional book. It was meant to be read in a year, one page daily, but I've read most of the pages at least twice on successive days, so I've only covered less than half of this book in 2011. I find that each little writing is so profound that I want to spend more time meditating on it.

From Charles Spurgeon, I have just read this and that from the internet. It's been quite interesting. Many of his sermons and other writings are available.

I forgot to mention Henry Blackaby (and family). As far as individual Bible study books, I highly recommend his works. Right now, I am using his study on James with my Ladies' Circle, and we are really enjoying it. I hope to read some of his other works, also.



Date Posted: 11/21/2011 3:20 PM ET
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Next on my list is Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  I stumbled across him in college, researching the German resistence to Hitler and did a research paper on him, but I've read only excerpts of him, not the whole books.  I'll probably read the recent biography by Eric Metaxis first, but then I'll read his own writings.

Date Posted: 11/22/2011 10:36 AM ET
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Melinda, thank you for sharing your favorites.  They look interesting.

Kay, I agree that Utmost for His Highest is packed full of good stuff.  Thank you for the suggestion of Enter His Gates... .  I love 365 books.  They are normally full of great food for thought in such a small space.  I'll have to look more into the other two you mentioned.

Sharla, Dietrich Bonhoeffer sounds like good reading material.  I'm going to look more into that one.

I've been using Jesus Calling by Sarah Young this year.  I like the way it's written in first person, as if by Jesus, while being based on verses in the Bible.  I really like the fact that she cites the verses after each entry, so one can look them up and get a better idea of its context in the Bible.

Another I've been reading is The Business of Heaven, daily readings from the writings of C.S. Lewis.  I've read several of his books, but in these bite-sized chunks, some of it is much easier to digest.

Ryan -
Date Posted: 11/23/2011 1:44 PM ET
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Just a few...

Kevin Williams,  Justin Alfred, Chuck Missler, Paul Washer, Charles Stanley...

Date Posted: 12/29/2011 6:26 AM ET
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Elizabeth George, E. M. Bounds, Jim Berg, Spurgeon

Date Posted: 12/29/2011 2:35 PM ET
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Thanks for the reminder about My Utmost! Going on my tbr!


Recently read In Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges and it was also full of meat and convicting for me. One of those books where you read a chapter only every two or three days just because it takes you that long to chew on what is said, even though it looks to be a short book and your intent was to sit down and read the entire thing before bedtime. ;-)


I enjoy Joyce Meyer. I dont enjoy her books as much as her preaching, but a few of her books are really thought-provoking and I enjoy her more casual tone. Recently I read The Battlefield of the Mind and was thankful to finally see put into logical thought process what the Holy Spirit had put into my heart and had me working through for a couple of years. Joyce is easy to understand, uses practical (and often amusing) examples from her own life, and is very relatable. I will fully admit that sometimes she makes me shake my head, roll my eyes, and wonder... but her theology is generally sound and she gets into the nitty-gritty of daily life. I appreciate that.


I haven't read Charles Stanley, only listened to him. His theology is sound but he bores me out of my mind. LOL! Maybe a book would be better.

I do really like John Hagee, though he's a little hard to listen to. I have a study here by him that I plan to read this year; it's on the 7 Jewish feasts and festivals and their application in the New Testament and prophetic.


Also on my TBR - The Purpose Driven Life (Warren), Mere Christianity (Lewis), and Twelve Extraordinary Women (MacArthur). Actually, my entire TBR as linked in my profile, is at the moment entirely Christian teachings. Just because that's as far as I got the other day when I started it. LOL

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Date Posted: 1/31/2012 9:04 PM ET
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Of course CS Lewis. And Oswald Chambers is a HUGE favorite. But I also love Frederick Buechner. Not sure if anyone mentioned him yet. He's fantastic too.

Some people mentioned Charles Stanely. His son, Andy Stanley, is great too. He's an amazing speaker.

Another devotional that has been really encouraging for me is "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young. Not really apologetics, but if you're looking for a daily devotional, it is excellent. Each passage is pretty short, but profound. I'm on my second time through the book. I can't recommend this book highly enough.

Date Posted: 2/5/2012 11:24 PM ET
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Lots of good recommendations here.  I'd add John Piper to the list - esp "Desiring God".  And Richard Foster "A Celebration of Discipline" C.J. Mahaney has an excellent, but very short book entitled "Humility"  - a small, but mighty volume.

Date Posted: 2/7/2012 5:41 PM ET
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Thank you for continuing to add to this great thread!