This morning we welcomed a new crop of seminary students into our halls. Their excitement is contagious, and the faculty is eager to start classes. But as I contemplate the four year path set before these new students, I recognize the importance of a good start. Towards that end, I have been thinking of the books I would encourage every new seminary student to read during their first semester.
- The Bible – It may seem odd to begin here, but it is possible to read about the Bible without reading the Bible. Carson, Moo, Schreiner, etc. will never substitute for the knowledge gained through inspired Scripture.
- The Religious Life of Theological Students by B. B. Warfield – In this short article directed to Princeton theological students, Warfield shows the necessary balance between theological studies and personal devotion. You can access it here.
- How to Read a Book by Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren – At seminary, students will read tens of thousands of pages. Would it be helpful to develop the skills of reading before reading that much material? I plan to do a separate post on this book soon.
- The Elements of Style by Willaim Strunck and E. B. White – As with reading, writing is a skill frequently used at seminary. No book has been more influential in my writing style than this.
- Do More Better by Tim Challies – Time management is critical to surviving the rigors of seminary–especially if one has a family or full time job. Challie’s book is blissfully short, yet packed with helpful tips.
Any books you would add?