BOOKS--What do you recommend?

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  1. AThornquist

    AThornquist Puritan Board Doctor

    I didn't know exactly where to put this but here is where I settled on; I apologize if another forum is better suited for it. Anyway, I am just about 19 and I have two great loves: law enforcement and theology. I won't be going to seminary for a while because I am going to work at a jail and then as a deputy sheriff (my main ministries); therefore, I'm wondering if you wouldn't mind giving me a list of books, studies, articles, etc. that would give me insight into theology (any and all aspects), the Christian life, and the Word of God in general. Of course, I study the Bible itself for the most part but what books, perhaps from most suggested to less suggested, would you suggest for someone who wants a seminary education without being able to go to seminary for many years?

    I appreciate your input, brothers and sisters. :book2:
  2. ChristianHedonist

    ChristianHedonist Puritan Board Freshman

    Hey Andrew,
    Here is a link that may be helpful: RTS Recommended Reading List
    It is a recommended reading list put out by RTS. I haven't tackled much of this reading yet because I'm in a similar position you are. I'm a 20 year old junior engineering student, so I don't have a lot of time for extra reading, but I love reading theology and would like to go to seminary sometime in my future. Anyways, I hope this helps. Nice to meet you by the way :handshake: It's nice to come across other people my age who love reformed theology.
  3. greenbaggins

    greenbaggins Administrator Staff Member

    I have two lists, one a commentary guide for the layman, and the other a post talking about all the other kinds of theology books for the layman.
  4. VirginiaHuguenot

    VirginiaHuguenot Puritanboard Librarian

    Lane's lists are good. Much could be said here because it is a pretty open-ended question.

    Some books that I would want to highlight for sure are (many of which are available online in the links forum):

    * Metrical Psalter
    * Westminster Standards
    * Three Forms of Unity
    * Directory of Family Worship
    * Robert Shaw's Exposition of the Westminster Confession
    * John Brown of Haddington's Exposition of the Westminster Shorter Catechism
    * Zacharias Ursinus' Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism
    * John Calvin, Institutes
    * Wilhelmus a'Brakel, The Christian's Reasonable Service
    * Commentaries on the Bible (Calvin, Henry, Poole, Spurgeon on the Psalms, etc.)
    * John Bunyan, The Pilgrim's Progress
    * Richard Baxter, A Christian Directory
    * William Gurnall, The Christian in Complete Armour
    * Lewis Bayly, The Practice of Piety
    * Henry Scudder, The Christian's Daily Walk
    * Augustine, City of God
    * Augustine, Confessions

    Suggested Reading
    Suggested Library - Resource List
  5. AThornquist

    AThornquist Puritan Board Doctor

    Thank you all very much for the suggestions. I should have enough reading for...a very long time :wow:

    And I'm glad to meet you, Dan :) And I concur! I live in the middle of nowhere so it's indeed refreshing to be reminded that there are like-minded folk my age. It doesn't happen all too often, unfortunately.
  6. Christusregnat

    Christusregnat Puritan Board Professor

  7. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Professor

    Let's see: I was 19 in...1971 :eek:. I think we need a "depressed" smiley...

    Where is Kelseyville? I'm a life-long native Californian and I don't think I've ever heard of it.
  8. MW

    MW Puritan Board Doctor

    It look like you need an entry point into all this solid reading material; may I suggest the Westminster Confession of Faith with a good guide like Robert Shaw's commentary. On the practical Christian life, one cannot go past the the Shorter and Larger Catechism answers expounding the Ten Commandments and Lord's Prayer, with Thomas Watson's exposition illustrating the details.
  9. JohnGill

    JohnGill Puritan Board Senior

    I thought I was the only one who loved these two subjects. I'm considering the Border Patrol. I don't know if you have to be 21 and over, if not I would recommend it to you. You become a federal agent, have time to go to college, and can then transfer to almost any other DOJ job. If your try military before a Federal Job I would recommend the Air Force. Intel Analyst would be the best if you score high enough on the ASVAB. Get the GI Bill with it. I would recommend a technical degree such as Technical Communications Mankato (B.S.), Information Technology (B.S.), Criminal Intelligence from APUS -- Requirements (B.S.), or Computer Science. I would recommend Lectures on Calvinism by Kuyper, Theonomy in Christian Ethics by Bahnsen, Lex Rex by Rutherford. I would recommend for theology Thomas Watson's Body of Divinity, Lord's Prayer, and 10 commandments, Ursinus Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism, John Gill's Doctrinal & Practical Divinity, Turretin's Elenctic Theology, Chrstian's Reasonable Service by a Brakel, Always Ready, Van Til's Readings & Analysis, and the Practical Apologetics audio series by Bahnsen. For law enforcement in particular I would recommend the following: Unmasking the Face by Ekman & Friesen, Crime Reconstruction by Chisum & Turvey, Criminalistics by Saferstein, Criminal Profiling by Turvey, and any information on the Facial Action Coding System and NLP eye accessing cues.

    Oh yeah, anything Andrew recommends, even if you have to sell a kidney or two, buy them. I would also recommend TNARS.
  10. AThornquist

    AThornquist Puritan Board Doctor

    It's in northern California; from here it takes 3 1/2 to 4 hours due south to get to San Francisco and 1 3/4 to 2 hours due south-east to Sacramento. Kelseyville is right next to Clear Lake, the largest nature lake in California. It's in between highway 101 and I5. Hope that gives you an idea of where I am.

    Thank you for the link, Mr. Brink; I'll be sure to look around that site.

    And thank you for your suggestions, Rev. Winzer. As you said, I do need an entry point of sorts.

    What I don't really know at this point is how I am going to remember that massive amount of information in so many of those books... :think:

    Edit: Oh, is that right, Chris? Looks like you've really thought that all through. I've decided to not go through the military, actually. There are a number of reasons but the biggest of all is that I just don't feel the Lord leading me to it. If He was, I certainly would go :) Thank you for your suggestions on what to study, by the way. And you know, I have heard of TNARS from several sources now; I think I'll seriously consider it.
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  11. JohnGill

    JohnGill Puritan Board Senior

    The easiest way is to develop your own mental organization scheme. Organize by subjects I find to be the best. Also using the technique known as mental mapping is quite useful. It allows you to see how various pieces of information relate to each other. You might also examine the species - genus breakdown used in logic.
  12. MW

    MW Puritan Board Doctor

    Good suggestion! And, of course, memorising the Shorter Catechism provides a kind of filing scheme for your thoughts.
  13. JohnGill

    JohnGill Puritan Board Senior

    Come on! Man up! Memorize the LARGER catechism! :lol:

    Forgot about that idea. Excellent idea!
  14. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Professor

    Yep, that gives me a pretty good idea. I'm at the opposite end - about 30 miles south of Los Angeles. I envy you...
  15. MW

    MW Puritan Board Doctor

    First things first! :)

    It is possible to memorise the Larger Catechism; the problem is that you can easily get muddled up with the Shorter's phraseology.
  16. JohnGill

    JohnGill Puritan Board Senior

    You could also try the Air Guard. While military, it's not the "real" military. It would still give you the option of Intel Analyst which would give you a good foundation in basic technical writing, research, and analysis. Very small chance of going overseas in the Air Guard. If not, then with no college degree I would recommend Border Patrol. Check out their site for testings in your area. - home page

    Larryjf works with TNARS.
  17. tucker

    tucker Puritan Board Freshman

    Biblical Theology


    I recommend that you pick up Geerhardus Vos' Biblical Theology as well as his Shorter Writings of Geerhardus Vos: Redemptive History and Biblical Interpretation ed. by Richard Gaffin. Reading Vos' work is very illuminating and also very edifying. I suggest you begin with his inaugural address (you can find an online version here).

    Biblical theology is so great, and Vos is the master.
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