Summer Book Reading List

These are some of the books I will be reading this summer.  What books do you want or plan on reading this summer months?  Add to the comments below.

trinity by augustineThe Trinity by St. Augustine – Augustine knows by faith that God is a trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and he is seeking as far as possible to understand what he believes. In the first seven books Augustine begins by searching the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments for clues to understanding and then argues in the language of philosophy and logic to defend the orthodox statement of the doctrine against the Arians.

Fighting over the Founders: How We Remember the American Revolution by Andrew M. Schocket – foundersIn Fighting over the Founders, Andrew M. Schocket explores how politicians, screenwriters, activists, biographers, jurists, museum professionals, and reenactors portray the American Revolution. Identifying competing “essentialist” and “organicist” interpretations of the American Revolution.

mappingMapping Apologetics: Comparing Contemporary Approaches by Brian K. Morley – Brian Morley provides an overview of Christian apologetic approaches and how they differ. He explores the historical and philosophical underpinnings of key figures and major schools of thought, from the presuppositionalism of Cornelius Van Til to the evidentialism of Gary Habermas. Moving beyond theory, Morley also covers apologetic application, demonstrating how each view works out in practical terms.

On Guard for Students by William Lane Craig – Craig revises his popular apologetics book On Guard for students to explore the evidence for their Christian faith.  The book probes for  answers to life’s on guarddeepest questions: why anything at all exists, the origin and fine-tuning of the universe, the nature of moral values and the reality of evil, the historical person of Jesus of Nazareth, and is Jesus the only way to God.

God’s Crime Scene: A Cold-Case Detective Examines the Evidence for a Divinely Created Universe god's crime sceneby J. Warner Wallace – Wallace, former atheist, seasoned cold-case detective, and popular national speaker as he tackles his most important case with you on the jury.  With the expertise of a cold-case detective, J. Warner examines eight critical pieces of evidence in the “crime scene” of the universe to determine if they point to a Divine Intruder.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain – The novel’s preeminence derives from itshuck finn wonderfully imaginative re-creation of boyhood adventures along the mighty Mississippi River, its inspired characterization, the author’s remarkable ear for dialogue, and the book’s understated development of serious underlying themes: “natural” man versus “civilized” society, the evils of slavery, the innate value and dignity of human beings, the stultifying effects of convention, and other topics.

three theban playsThree Theban Plays by Sophocles – The three plays that tell the story of the fated Theban royal family—Antigone, Oedipus the King and Oedipus at Colonus—are among the most enduring and timeless dramas ever written. Sophocles’s lucidity and power in these plays explores the cut and thrust of  dialogue,  ironic edge, the surge and majesty of  choruses and, above all, the agonies and triumphs of  characters.

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien – A fantasy novel written by J.R.R. hobbitTolkien. It follows the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who embarks on an incredible journey. This children’s classic and literary masterpiece was first published in 1937 and has since become a treasured work of fantasy literature. Dragons, trolls, wizards, and magic in which Tolkien sets the bar for all proceeding fantasy works.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – The story of Victor Frankenstein’s terrible creation and the havoc it Frankenstein-Ignatius-Editioncauses, Mary Shelley creates a story that, in her own words, “would speak to the mysterious fears of our nature and awaken thrilling horror — one to make the reader dread to look round, to curdle the blood, and quicken the beatings of the heart.”

Uncle Sam’s Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America’s Poor and What We Can Do About It
sam's plantation (revised and expanded) by Star Parker – This takes a look at how government manipulates, controls, and ultimately devastates the lives of the poorùand what Americans must do to stop it. Once a hustler and welfare addict who was chewed up and spit out by the ruthless welfare system, Star Parker sheds much needed light on the bungled bureaucratic attempts to end poverty and reveals the insidious deceptions perpetrated by self-serving politicians.

By J. Steve Lee

J. Steve Lee has taught Apologetics for over a decade at Prestonwood Christian Academy. He also has taught World Religions and Philosophy at Mountain View College in Dallas. With a degree in history and education from the UNT, Steve continued his formal studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary w/ an M.A. in philosophy of religion and has pursued doctoral studies at the UT-Dallas. He is finishing his dissertation at South African Theological Seminary. He has published several articles for the Apologetics Study Bible for Students (B&H Publishing, 2010) as well as articles & reviews in various periodicals including Philosophia Christi, Hope’s Reason: A Journal of Apologetics, and the Areopagus Journal.


  1. Nice list, I am also planning on reading Mapping Apologetics by Brian K. Morley. I read the first chapter and it looks like a very informative read. I also am thinking about reading some more Augustine. I have to finish a few novels, like John Calvin Goes to Berkeley by James G. McCarthy and Oliver Twist. I also want to read some more Romans commentaries, especially John Stott’s, Douglas Moo’s and William Kelly’s.


    1. Michael,

      I think you will enjoy Mapping Apologetics. I really like how you shows how each apologetic method is applied and used in real application, and not just a theoretical overview of each method. I haven’t heard of John Calvin Goes to Berkeley. I will have to check that out. Thanks for sharing.


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