books1The Homebrewed Christianity Podcast loves it when the Deacons get a hold of the freshest new theo-nerd books.  We like it even better when the Deacons purchase these books through one of our Amazon links because we get a pinch of the purchase price to pay the podcast bills.  Since there will be loved ones trying to please their favorite nerd this Christmas I thought I would share some gifts that would tickle my inner nerd.  Would love to hear some of yours in the comments!

Theology Books

1) A Scandalous Providence: The Jesus Story of the Compassion of God  by E. Frank Tupper. In my twenties there were two books that changed my life and this was one of them.  It is a narrative exploration of divine providence with a Moltmann and Process flavor.  Make sure you get the new and updated edition with the sweet paperback cover (and a shout out to me in the forward).

2) God the Revealed: Christology by Michael Welker.  I read a bunch of Christologies every year.  This one just came out and is quickly knocking its way to the top of my 2013 list.  Welker develops a robust Christology while facing the contemporary challenges head on.

3) Theology for Liberal Protestants: God the Creator by Douglas Ottati.  I love Ottati.  Last we talked he was hard at work on volume one of his systematic theology and now it is out.  For all those who think liberal theology is dead, bland, or boring I challenge you to read this.  If you are a progressive but want to be a rebel and take back up the title ‘liberal Christian’ then you should read this too.

4) Truth: Philosophy of Transit by John Caputo.  This is Caputo’s new book…. and it is for a general audience like What Would Jesus Deconstruct. BOOM.

5) Being Promised: Theology, Gift, and Practice by Gregory Walter.  In just 100 pages Greg makes some of the most unique insights into the notion of Promise and Gift I have read in a while.  It connects Luther, Derrida, Jungel, and more all the while making some constructive and practical observations for church practice.  Every nerdy minister should read this book!

Other Goodies

1) Theologian Trading Cards.  I played with a friend’s set and now I want them.  I also want to make an expansion pack with the Elder of Graphical Sweetness to include more peeps but I loved baseball cards so why not theologian ones?

2) How to Brew: Everything You Need To Know To Brew Beer Right The First Time by John Palmer.  The best intro to brewing book period.

3) Brewing Classic Styles: 80 Winning Recipes Anyone Can Brew by Jamil Zainasheff. The best recipe book out there with extract and all-grain recipes for every beer style under the sun!

4) Great 1st Home Brew set-up.  Deacons ask me what kind of kit to get. Get this one.  The glass carboy is something you will regret missing out on to save a few bucks.  If you get a Deacon a home brew set email me and I will send them a couple recipes and labels for the HBC brews.  Who doesn’t want to brew a #FANiac double IPA or the Deacon-structor Farmhouse Ale for their friends?

5) Any & All Table Topics Games.   I love dinner parties and conversations.  Table Topics has a whole bunch of sets (I have 5) & I think they can turn a visit with a new or old friend into hours of interesting sharing.

So now you tell me what’s on your book list this year?