I’ve read hundreds of theology books, but only a few stand out. Of course, my stand-out bookshelf includes the Christian classics such as Augustine’s Confessions, The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, and Pensees by Pascal.
What about modern-day theology books? One of my favorites is The Gospel According to Moses: What my Jewish Friends Taught me about Jesus by Athol Dickson. Not only is the topic vital for Christians, but Dickson writes theology like a suspense thriller. The book will have you on the edge of your chair struggling with questions and awaiting insights. One of the keys to the suspense is the personal nature of the writing. Dickson welcomes you into his relationships with his Jewish friends, shows you where to sit in the local synagogue, and gives you access to his thoughts as he’s pondering alone in his study. Theological writing is not usually this exciting.
How was Dickson able to write theology in this way? Well, he’s actually an accomplished suspense author. To my knowledge, this is his only biblical studies related book. Hopefully, there will be more.