Receive Monthly Summaries of the Best Theology Books of the Year

books.gifDuring my flight to Hawaii, I cracked open the SkyMall.  In it, I found an advertisement for Soundview Executive Summaries.  For a yearly subscription, you can receive summaries of the best business books of the year in your choice of print, audio, CD-ROM, or online formats, covering subjects like management, leadership, strategy and more.

I know many of you read (or would like to) a large number of books.  BUT what if someone did the same thing for theology & church-related books?  People could subscribe to receive summaries of the best theology/Church titles of the year and (buy them if they like it or at least learn from the book).  I suggested it to Tim Challies for Discerning Reader (since he reads more books than 10 people combined).

What do you think, is this something you'd be interested in? 

  • D. Goodmanson

    January 18, 2007, 2:14 pm

    Through some discussions with Tim, he did find a site doing it (but it’s pretty out-dated with the last entry in 2005)

  • Bill

    January 18, 2007, 7:32 pm

    Yes, I am also familiar with that site, but the summaries are very infrequent, and more often done on “popular” books and not really on theology. I used to subscribe to a resource Christianity Today published called Current Thoughts and Trends which was a monthly periodical that had abstracts about important issues drawn from religious and secular sources – that work was a great time saver – but it went belly-under.

  • Dsnyd

    January 18, 2007, 10:13 pm

    I think it would depend on the subscription model. The Executive site charges a fee, the Christian site is free, although the books and reviews sort of reflect that probably. If the books and summaries were good it may be worth a small fee.

  • Darren

    January 19, 2007, 9:00 am

    I’d definitely be interested and I probably wouldn’t mind paying a small fee for the service. If I had the time it’s an idea I’d even love to contribute towards it (i.e. writing summaries). Is this something your thinking of developing with your company Drew?

  • Michael Foster

    January 19, 2007, 9:16 am

    I think its a great idea. I’m reading about 5-6 books a month besides my sermon prep and I just can’t read everything that I want to be at least somewhat familar. I think this could easily be done through a free blog and just take submissions.