John Alan Turner

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Unstoppable: The Reading List

Some of you asked about this, so I wanted to let you know the books I've been reading to get a handle on the Book of Acts for this upcoming series. Feel free to chime in and let me know of books I missed. The Message of Acts: The Spirit, The Church, and the World (Bible Speaks Today) by John R.W. Stott

Acts (Tyndale New Testament Commentaries) by I. Howard Marshall

Falling in Love with Jesus' People: Studies in the Book of Acts by Rubel Shelly

Paul on Trial: The Book of Acts as a Defense of Christianity by John W. Mauck

"Acts" by Conrad Gempf in The New Bible Commentary (IVP -- 21st Century Edition) eds. G.J. Wenham, J.A. Motyer, D.A. Carson, R.T. France

Acts (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible) by Jaroslav Pelikan

Acts (The NIV Application Commentary) by Ajith Fernando

Okay, I got a little "link-happy" today. It started innocently enough: I was going to link you to Conrad's blog because he's kind of a friend and fellow-blogger. Then I remembered that Rubel Shelly is kind of a friend (although he never remembers me). So, I figured I'd link to his website, which has all sorts of helpful items. Then I found John Stott's website, and it all went downhill from there.

Anyway, you can see from the reading list that I've got a little diversity but not too much. I wanted a good commentary written by a woman, so I ordered Beverly Gaventa's. I also had to order Jervell -- the others I had in my library already -- except for Pelikan, which I found at a local bookstore. I'm hoping they arrive before I head to California Monday; they'll give me something good for the airplane.

I've got some non-American scholars (Stott, Marshall, Fernando and...what do you consider yourself, Conrad?), a non-evangelical (Pelikan and his wife had been received into the Orthodox Church of America before he wrote his commentary), a preacher (Shelly) and an attorney (Mauck).

I'm not sure I have the bandwidth to add anything at this point, but -- if I could add something to the list, what should it be?

Follow up question (written after going back and reading this post): On a scale of 1-10, how much of a preacher nerd am I?