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Miniblog #168: Top 10 Books That Have Most Profoundly Influenced Me

by Carson T. Clark on January 13, 2013

Fairly often I’m asked what books have most profoundly influenced me, so I decided to make a simple Top 10 list (plus a few honorable mentions) without analysis, commentary, or explanation:

Honorable mention: Walter Brueggemann, Spirituality of the Psalms

Honorable mention: N.T. Wright, The New Testament and the People of God

Honorable mention: C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce

10. Mark Noll, One Nation Under God? Christian Faith and Political Action in America

9. F.F. Bruce, New Testament History

8. D.H. Williams, Evangelicals and Tradition: The Formative Influence of the Early Church

7. Roger Olson, Reformed and Always Reforming: The Postconservative Approach to Evangelical Theology

6. Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality

5. Timothy Zahn, Heir to the Empire (Star Wars)

4. John Waller, Einstein’s Luck: The Truth behind Some of the Greatest Scientific Discoveries

3. Philip Yancey, Reaching for the Invisible God

2. James Davison Hunter, To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World

1. Mark Noll, The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind

  • Morgan Guyton

    I’m interested in the Roger Olson one. What’s a synopsis?

  • Jonathan Bennett

    I love that you included Heir to the Empire. It seems like every time I read your blog, I find more and more in common with you…

  • Stephen

    Zahn number 5 on a list in which only includes an honorable mention of NT Wright? Well, Thrawn was pretty darned awesome, so I guess I can’t fault you there.

  • Brendan Payne

    Just saying, number 10 is titled with a question mark: “One Nation Under God?” Adds to the ambiguity of the title.

    • Brendan Payne

      I also love that Noll appeared twice in the top ten. :)

    • Carson T. Clark

      Only seemed natural :)

    • Carson T. Clark

      Good eye. Thanks.

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