FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – Though out of school for Christmas break, students can use those weeks off to read books that may help them in their future ministries or studies.

Southwestern faculty recommended the following books:

The Missionary Movement in Christian History: Studies in the Transmission of Faith by Andrew F. Walls

“It's an older piece, but it's either worth a second read or certainly an initial one.” – Keith Eitel, dean of the Roy Fish School of Evangelism and Missions

Popcultured: Thinking Christianly about Style, Media and Entertainment by Steve Turner

“All Christians need to be exegetes of their own culture. This book should especially be read by preachers!” – David Allen, dean of the School of Theology

Cycling Home from Siberia by Rob Lilwall

“I love reading about high endurance challenges and how men and women persevere through month long treks or hikes. This book gives you that and more as the reader gains an insightful view to several eastern cultures most in need of the Gospel of Christ. Rob Lilwall, an evangelical, also documents his personal journey in a way that challenges as you follow him on his bicycle from Siberia to London. A departure from your typical semester required reading, this is a great book to read over the Christmas break.” – Jason Duesing, vice president for strategic initiatives and assistant professor of historical theology

Privilege the Text by Abraham Kurivilla

“Fascinating proposal into the Christ-Centered preaching conversation.” – Steven Smith, vice president for student services and communications

Power through Prayer by E.M. Bounds

“A classic on preaching that needs to be re-read from time to time.” – Steven Smith, vice president for student services and communications

Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West by Stephen E. Ambrose. 

An “easy reading, well-written account of a journey that has the earmarks of God’s providence and blessing. The book reveals much about American Indian culture, about life in that day, and about human nature, in general. Teaching and preaching illustrations abound.” – Waylan Owens, dean of the Jack D. Terry, Jr. School of Church and Family Ministries

Girls UnCovered: New Research on What America’s Sexual Culture Does to Young Women  by Joe McIlhaney and Freda McKissic Bush

“For anybody who feels called to work with youth or college students, this brief book is a must read!”—Candi Finch, assistant professor of theology in women’s studies

Restoring Integrity in Baptist Churches by Thomas White, Jason Duesing, and Malcolm Yarnell III

“In a day where it seems Baptist distinctives are more often apologized for than defended, this book gives a solid defense biblically and historically to those distinctives. It is imperative that our students become aware of these issues before they are swept into a wave desiring to devalue such distinctives.” – Tommy Kiker, assistant professor of pastoral theology