While we are still in the midst of the current residency, we have already received our reading for the coming year. So if you ever were to ask, “What are you reading?”…below is your answer! Beginning at my arrival home, the work will quickly continue and the reading will be constant! It will basically work out to 1 book per month…with time allowed for report writing. In the midst of that I will also be writing my first portion of my dissertation. This is when you stare at yourself in the mirror and say, “Why??”

In all honesty, this has been a surprisingly pleasant journey thus far. I had the expectation of it being far too academic for me, but every day has been very practical and very good. Today we focused on several different aspects of more modern revivalism. The primary focus was on the work of revivals among African Americans. Obviously you cannot study the Great Awakening without also noting the corresponding work among then current and then former slaves. It was a totally separate movement. On Wednesday we will go to the First African Baptist Church in Savannah.

Well…here’s the reading list that will soon be at the top of my priority list on a weekly basis…

  • “God’s Strange Work: William Miller and the End of the World (Library of Religious Biography)” by Rowe, David L.
  • “Theology in America: Christian Thought from the Age of the Puritans to the Civil War” by E. Brooks Holifield
  • “To the Golden Shore: The Life of Adoniram Judson” by Courtney Anderson
  • “Jonathan Edwards: On Revival” by Jonathan Edwards
  • “Dynamics of Spiritual Life” by Lovelace, Richard F.
  • “The Democratization of American Christianity” by Nathan O. Hatch
  • “The Cambridge Companion to Jonathan Edwards (Cambridge Companions to Religion)” by George M. Marsden
  •  “Working the Angles: The Shape of Pastoral Integrity” by Peterson, Eugene H.
  • “A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society” by Peterson, Eugene H

So if you just happen to be reading any of the books listed above, I’d love to get together with you over coffee to debate the author’s intent and accomplishments within the book. Ha!