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A Roadmap for Deep Theological Reading

People often ask us to recommend books. While the occasional inquirer asks about a specific issue, most simply seek general guidance in beginning a Reformed program of learning. There are so many good books to read! But we have to begin somewhere. I have found that having a well organized and thorough reading plan promotes discipline and forces me to have a breadth of knowledge that will enrich my studies in all areas.

Before coming to seminary, I worked through Westminster Theological Seminary’s reading list. It was a serious list back then—requiring the kind of determination it takes to walk uphill in the snow both ways to school. It took me three years of evenings, Saturdays, and holidays to read the entire list while I worked full-time. But I finished it, and reading all those excellent Reformed books was one of the best things I could have done to prepare for seminary.

Of course, not everyone will go to seminary, nor should they. But, why should that keep people from reading the deep, rich works from our tradition? We’ve attempted to compile and organize a list that captures the essence of the distinct Reformed tradition many of us espouse at Reformed Forum. This list is not practical for lay people, but we need to stretch ourselves at times. Try reading the tougher works. Put the time in, and you’ll be rewarded. With that in mind, view the beta version of the list, and send me your feedback.

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