A version of this post appeared on the ABPnews Blog.
In 1500 Dutch humanist and theologian Desiderius Erasmus wrote to a friend, “When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.” Thanks to gift cards from Amazon or Barnes and Noble and/or undesignated gifts of Christmas cash, many Baptist (and baptist) bibliophiles among the readers of Ecclesial Theology are currently in a somewhat more comfortable position for expanding their libraries without resorting to such ascetic extremes.
How to spend this windfall? Here are three recommendations of books published in the last half of 2012 that are worth reading in 2013. (I’ve linked each title to the book’s page on its publisher’s web site; readers can also easily find them via amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and other online booksellers.)