Brian Tabb's Bookshelf

Books . Movies . Music . More
Brian Tabb's Bookshelf
Brian Tabb's Bookshelf
Books . Movies . Music . More

Brian Tabb

Managing Editor of Themelios

My Current Favorites

Five books, movies, or songs influencing me now
The Road to Character
The Road to Character
by David Brooks
WHY I LIKE IT
A rich and well-written book reflecting on the underestimated importance of character.
Habits of Grace: Enjoying Jesus through the Spiritual Disciplines
Habits of Grace: Enjoying Jesus through the Spiritual Disciplines
by David Mathis
WHY I LIKE IT
A practical, wise, gospel-rich guide to spiritual disciplines.
Bonhoeffer's Seminary Vision: A Case for Costly Discipleship and Life Together
Bonhoeffer's Seminary Vision: A Case for Costly Discipleship and Life Together
by Paul R. House
Reading Backwards: Figural Christology and the Fourfold Gospel Witness
Reading Backwards: Figural Christology and the Fourfold Gospel Witness
by Richard B. Hays
WHY I LIKE IT
Hays’s simple yet profound thesis is that we learn to read the Old Testament by reading backward from the Gospels, and likewise we learn to read the Gospels by reading forward from the Old Testament. This book challenges and inspires us to see afresh the centrality of Jesus in the biblical story.
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
by Laura Hillenbrand
WHY I LIKE IT
This gripping biography was easily the best book I read this past year.

My Essentials

My all-time favorite books, movies and music
The King in His Beauty: A Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments
The King in His Beauty: A Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments
by Thomas R. Schreiner
WHY I LIKE IT
Tom Schreiner is one of my favorite living New Testament scholars, and this book represents his mature treatment of the unified message of Scripture. Highly recommended!
The Enduring Authority of the Christian Scriptures
The Enduring Authority of the Christian Scriptures
 
WHY I LIKE IT
This is a tour de force on the doctrine of Scripture from a team of preeminent evangelical scholars.
An Experiment in Criticism (Canto Classics)
An Experiment in Criticism (Canto Classics)
by C. S. Lewis
WHY I LIKE IT
Lewis writes, “The man who is contented to be only himself, and therefore less a self, is in prison. My own eyes are not enough for me, I will see through those of others. Reality, even seen through the eyes of many, is not enough. I will see what others have invented. Even the eyes of all humanity are not enough. I regret that the brutes cannot write books.... Literary experience heals the wound, without undermining the privilege, of individuality. But in reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself. Here, as in worship, in love, in moral action, and in knowing, I transcend myself; and am never more myself than when I do.”
Calvin: Institutes of the Christian Religion (2 Volume Set)
Calvin: Institutes of the Christian Religion (2 Volume Set)
by John Calvin
WHY I LIKE IT
The Institutes is simply one of the most profound and influential books I have ever read. My favorite quote is this: "It is evident that man never attains to a true self-knowledge until he have previously contemplated the face of God, and come down after such contemplation to look into himself. For (such is our innate pride) we always seem to ourselves just, and upright, and wise, and holy, until we are convinced, by clear evidence, of our injustice, vileness, folly, and impurity. Convinced, however, we are not, if we look to ourselves only, and not to the Lord also — He being the only standard by the application of which this conviction can be produced" (1.1.2).
Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian in Community
Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian in Community
by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
WHY I LIKE IT
Bonhoeffer presents a remarkable and challenging vision of Christian community. He writes, “Christianity means community through Jesus Christ and in Jesus Christ. No Christian community is more or less than this” (p. 21).
Future Grace, Revised Edition: The Purifying Power of the Promises of God
Future Grace, Revised Edition: The Purifying Power of the Promises of God
by John Piper
WHY I LIKE IT
This may be my favorite book by my former pastor, John Piper, because he unpacks how our confident hope God's glorious and good promises empowers us to live as God has called us to live. I have returned many times to chapter 3, "Faith in Future Grace vs. Anxiety."
The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God
The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God
by Timothy Keller
WHY I LIKE IT
This book offers a biblical, wise, counter-cultural portrait of marriage as a spiritual friendship for the journey to the new creation.
Praying with Paul: A Call to Spiritual Reformation
Praying with Paul: A Call to Spiritual Reformation
by D. A. Carson
WHY I LIKE IT
This book challenged me to reform my practices and priorities in prayer by learning from the remarkable God-centered petitions of the apostle Paul.

My Bookshelf Archive

my archived books, movies, music, and more
Bring Your Nothing
Bring Your Nothing
by Shane & Shane
Advances in the Study of Greek: New Insights for Reading the New Testament
Advances in the Study of Greek: New Insights for Reading the New Testament
by Constantine R. Campbell
WHY I LIKE IT
One of my favorite academic books in some time. This book is required reading for all Greek and NT profs and grad students and would greatly benefit seminarians and pastors.
Follow the Lamb: A Pastoral Approach to The Revelation Paperback September 16, 2014
Follow the Lamb: A Pastoral Approach to The Revelation Paperback September 16, 2014
 
Revelation: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries)
Revelation: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries)
by Craig R. Koester
WHY I LIKE IT
In my Themelios review I wrote: This is the most important commentary on Revelation published in English in more than a decade. http://themelios.thegospelcoalition.org/review/revelation-a-new-translation-with-introduction-and-commentary
A Loving Life: In a World of Broken Relationships
A Loving Life: In a World of Broken Relationships
by Paul E. Miller
WHY I LIKE IT
Miller's book is honest and hopeful. I particularly appreciate the exposition of Ruth that is woven through this book.