Trevin Wax's Bookshelf

Books . Movies . Music . More
Trevin Wax's Bookshelf
Trevin Wax's Bookshelf
Books . Movies . Music . More

Trevin Wax

Managing Editor, The Gospel Project

My Current Favorites

Five books, movies, or songs influencing me now
The Awakening of Miss Prim: A Novel
The Awakening of Miss Prim: A Novel
by Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera
WHY I LIKE IT
With a generous serving of tea and cake, The Awakening of Miss Prim subverts the secular worldview and challenges contemporary orthodoxy regarding marriage, the economy, the place of religion, what constitutes progress, and the definition of feminism. Fenollera’s tender treatment charms the reader into wanting the main character (Miss Prim) to give up her stubborn, secular ways and give in to the dazzling mystery of the Christian faith.
The Fractured Republic: Renewing America’s Social Contract in the Age of Individualism
The Fractured Republic: Renewing America’s Social Contract in the Age of Individualism
by Yuval Levin
WHY I LIKE IT
Levin explains how both the Right and Left are blinded by nostalgia and what to do about it.
Silence: A Novel (Picador Modern Classics)
Silence: A Novel (Picador Modern Classics)
by Shusaku Endo
WHY I LIKE IT
One of the most brutally haunting books I've ever read. Still processing it. Looking forward to reading Makoto Fujimura's new book about it.
A History of Western Philosophy and Theology
A History of Western Philosophy and Theology
by John M. Frame
WHY I LIKE IT
Refreshing my memory on the history of Western thought by working my way through Frame's book and listening to his (free!) RTS lectures.

My Essentials

My all-time favorite books, movies and music
A Secular Age
A Secular Age
by Charles Taylor
WHY I LIKE IT
A work of philosophy and history that opens a window on the meaning of secularity and its significance for how we live. I don’t know how I would have had the stamina to persevere through Taylor’s volume if not for a companion book: "How (Not) To Be Secular" by James K. A. Smith.
Christian Theology
Christian Theology
by Millard J. Erickson
WHY I LIKE IT
When I was a student in Romania, I cut my teeth on Millard Erickson’s Christian Theology. It was one of the few systematic theology textbooks translated into Romanian, and I had a copy in both languages. Erickson’s theology has always been my “go-to” textbook for systematics.
Orthodoxy (Moody Classics) by Chesterton, G. K. (2009) Paperback
Orthodoxy (Moody Classics) by Chesterton, G. K. (2009) Paperback
by G. K. Chesterton
WHY I LIKE IT
One of the most life-changing books I've ever read. Chesterton turns the world upside-down so you can see everything right side-up.
Kristin Lavransdatter: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
Kristin Lavransdatter: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
by Sigrid Undset
WHY I LIKE IT
Norwegian author Sigrid Unset’s trilogy is rich in character development and bursting with beauty in her descriptions of medieval Norway. The world she creates is full of faith and feeling, superstition and shame, love and lust, loyalty and honor.
Living at the Crossroads: An Introduction to Christian Worldview
Living at the Crossroads: An Introduction to Christian Worldview
by Michael W. Goheen,Craig G. Bartholomew
WHY I LIKE IT
A fantastic resource that shows what a "missionary encounter" must look like in Western civilization.
Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America
Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America
by Michael O. Emerson,Christian Smith
WHY I LIKE IT
What these sociologists discovered was a genuine desire among evangelicals to end racial division and inequality, but also a theological worldview that hinders our ability to perceive systemic injustice, or offer solutions that go beyond cross-cultural friendships.
The Complete Calvin and Hobbes [BOX SET]
The Complete Calvin and Hobbes [BOX SET]
by Bill Watterson
WHY I LIKE IT
Bill Watterson has given me hours upon hours of joy, ever since I was a kid.
Confessions (Oxford World's Classics)
Confessions (Oxford World's Classics)
by Saint Augustine
WHY I LIKE IT
A classic autobiographical work that I return to again and again.
The Contemporary Christian: Applying God's Word to Today's World
The Contemporary Christian: Applying God's Word to Today's World
by John Stott
WHY I LIKE IT
John Stott explains the concept of "double listening" and why it matters for our mission.
The Resurrection of the Son of God (Christian Origins and the Question of God, Vol. 3)
The Resurrection of the Son of God (Christian Origins and the Question of God, Vol. 3)
by N. T. Wright
WHY I LIKE IT
No other book has so reinforced my faith in the bodily resurrection of Christ while simultaneously helping me grasp Easter's incredible significance for theology and culture.
The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions
The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions
 
WHY I LIKE IT
Quite possibly the best collection of rich and devotional prayers ever put together. A frequent companion during my times with God.
The Gospel in a Pluralist Society
The Gospel in a Pluralist Society
by Lesslie Newbigin
WHY I LIKE IT
A landmark work of missiology that continues to influence the task of evangelism, world mission, and Christianity’s role in society. Newbigin was a missionary to India who, upon arriving back in the UK, recognized the need for Christians in England to see their own context as a mission field.
The Brothers Karamazov
The Brothers Karamazov
by Fyodor Dostoevsky
WHY I LIKE IT
…might possibly be… the greatest novel of all time… Provokes questions about God’s sovereignty, the place of suffering in our world, human depravity, and redemption through pain.
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
by Jonathan Haidt
WHY I LIKE IT
Jonathan Haidt’s book provides a crash course in the psychology of human morality. Haidt believes human nature is not just intrinsically moral, but also “moralistic, critical, and judgmental”. In other words, “an obsession with righteousness (leading inevitably to self-righteousness) is the normal human condition."
Celebrating Peanuts: 60 Years
Celebrating Peanuts: 60 Years
by Charles M. Schulz
WHY I LIKE IT
The best one-stop overview of the greatest comic strip of all time. Charlie Brown is an American icon, and this -- with Calvin and Hobbes -- is the pinnacle of comic strip genius.
Resident Aliens: Life in the Christian Colony (Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition)
Resident Aliens: Life in the Christian Colony (Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition)
by Stanley Hauerwas,William H. Willimon
WHY I LIKE IT
… a thought-provoking book that has increased my passion for the local church and the extraordinary nature of living an “ordinary” Christian life… has the effect of an earthquake that shakes things up and then leaves you with a new landscape once the dust settles…
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
by Isabel Wilkerson
WHY I LIKE IT
By interweaving three individuals’ lives and the larger narrative of the Migration, Wilkerson paints a stunning portrait of life in the Jim Crow era.
Life Is Mostly Edges: A Memoir
Life Is Mostly Edges: A Memoir
by Calvin Miller
WHY I LIKE IT
This is the kind of autobiography I love to read. It’s bursting with colorful memories that take you back to an impoverished childhood and it’s full of insights from decades in the tough trenches of pastoral ministry. I laughed. I cried. I took notes. How often does one do all three of those things when reading a single book?
The Screwtape Letters
The Screwtape Letters
by C. S. Lewis
WHY I LIKE IT
Returning to this book years later is like returning as a different person, with different tastes and different temptations, so that the spiritual insights here, delivered through devilishly clever fiction, strike me in different places.
The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism
The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism
by Timothy Keller
WHY I LIKE IT
Keller takes six common objections to Christianity and unmasks the hidden assumptions behind each.
The Intellectual Life: Its Spirit, Conditions, Methods
The Intellectual Life: Its Spirit, Conditions, Methods
by OP A. G. Sertillanges
WHY I LIKE IT
Far from a sterile routine of burying oneself in dusty books, the intellectual life is an adventure, an ongoing exploration of truth. As such, it demands discipline and rigor commensurate with the seriousness of its calling.
Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl: Wide-Eyed Wonder in God's Spoken World
Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl: Wide-Eyed Wonder in God's Spoken World
by N. D. Wilson
WHY I LIKE IT
While guys like me are blabbing on about the need for beauty, guys like Nate are already delivering thoughtful, rich, dare-I-say exuberant prose that stirs up a sense of wonder at life, love, and the beauty of Christian truth.
How the West Really Lost God: A New Theory of Secularization
How the West Really Lost God: A New Theory of Secularization
by Mary Eberstadt
WHY I LIKE IT
Think that secularism has led to family breakdown? Think again. Eberstadt shows that it's largely the other way around.
Les Misérables (Modern Library Classics)
Les Misérables (Modern Library Classics)
by Victor Hugo
WHY I LIKE IT
“To love beauty is to seek the light.”
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
Quite simply, the best book on marriage I’ve ever come across. I read this book in early January and spent the rest of the year wondering if I would read another book that could top it.