Al Mohler on the Top 10 Books Every Preacher Should Read in 2008

Each year Southern Seminary’s president Dr. Albert Mohler puts out a list of books that he recommends each for Pastors to read. During my first year of seminary as an excited newbie to the world of Christian academics I once asked Dr. Mohler if he actually read from front to back all the books that he recommended. One of the reasons I asked was because I knew how busy he was and these were not light fluffy Christian living devotionals but hard, scholarly, thick, well researched, academic books. To sum it up he told me that he does read them from front to back but told me that I did not have to read every word. He then began to tell me that he also reads the footnotes just so he can make sure he knows where the author is coming from. Someone asked him if he was a speed reader and he said that he wasn’t but I’d love to know what program he went through. What doesn’t surprise me is that he can read all these books along with the footnotes from front to back plus more that he hasn’t already recommended. What does surprise me is the time he is able to devote to reading. Although none of us may be an Al Mohler this conversation revealed to me the importance of reading even if you read slower than most. Looking at Dr. Mohler’s life I see the fruit of his laborious devotion to reading. Below are this year’s recommendations from Dr. Mohler:

1. Preach the Word: Essays on Expository Preaching: In Honor of R. Kent Hughes, edited by Leland Ryken and Todd Wilson

2. Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics: Foundations and Principles of Evangelical BiblicalInterpretation, by Graeme Goldsworthy (IVP Academic)

3. Truth War: Fighting for Certainty in an Age of Deception, by John MacArthur (Thomas Nelson)

4. A City Upon a Hill: How Sermons Changed the Course of American History, by Larry Witham (HarperOne)

5. Pierced for Our Transgressions: Rediscovering the Glory of Penal Substitution, by Steve Jeffery, Michael Ovey, and Andrew Sach (Crossway)

6. Renewing Minds: Serving Church and Society Through Christian Higher Education,by David S. Dockery (B&H Academic)

7. After the Baby Boomers: How Twenty- and Thirty-Somethings Are Shaping the Future ofAmerican Religion, by Robert Wuthnow (Princeton)

8. God’s Ambassadors: A History of the Christian Clergy in America, by E. Brooks Holifield (Eerdmans)

9. Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, edited by D. A. Carson andG. K. Beale (Baker Academic)

10. Dictionary of Major Biblical Interpreters, edited by Donald K. McKim (IVP Academic)

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