Short, Pithy, Deceased

Jake Bouma asked on twitter the other day:

“Friends: Suggestions for short (100-200pgs), pithy books by deceased theologians?”

Good question. I’ve been rolling this around a little while. Here are a few that come to mind. There are more of course, and I recognize some of the limitations of this list but these are the ones that have had some impact on my own thinking and practice over the last few years that fit the criteria.

  • Strength to Love, Martin Luther King Jr (a collection of his sermons)
  • Jesus and the Disinherited, Howard Thurman
  • Gravity and Grace, Simone Weil
  • Violence of Love, Oscar Romero
  • Body Politics, John H. Yoder
  • Biography as Theology, James Wm. McClendon
  • Testament of Devotion, Thomas Kelly

If you’re interested in finding these books online, I encourage you to shop at Powell’s Bookstore (rather than the conglomerates).*

What would you put on your list (And if not theology, from your own field of interest)?


*disclosure: I am an affiliate of Powell’s.

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Wess the William R. Rogers Director of Friends Center and Quaker Studies at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. Wess has a Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, served as a "released minister" at Camas Friends Church, and is the father of three. He enjoys sketchnoting, sharing conversation over coffee with friends, listening to vinyl and writing creative nonfiction.

4 thoughts on “Short, Pithy, Deceased”

  1. Great list. I would add,

    Helmut Thielicke – A Little Exercise for Young Theologians
    Charles Taylor – The Ethics of Authenticity

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