My reading-list for 2020 (and onward)


I went to the list that I published last year about the books I want to read and decided to make a new list instead of updating it. Since many of the books on this list is Afrikaans, I will add a translation in block-brackets after each Afrikaans title (or at least a rough translation of the title).

A. Being Christian

  1. Kry styl – Jesus s’n [Get style – Jesus’s style] by Stephan Joubert
  2. Ek wil nie die kaarte hê nie: hoe om te oorleef sonder om te verstaan [I don’t want the cards: how to survive without understanding] by Roelf Opperman
  3. The way of the warrior by Erwin Raphael McManus
  4. Celebration of discipline by Richard Foster
  5. Omdraai wegdraai: Koffiegesprekke oor geloof en geloofsvorming [Turning around, turning away: Coffee-chats about believing and formation of believings] by Willem Pretorius
  6. Om (op)nuut te glo: Wees weer verwondered oor God [To believe (a-new): Be amazed by God again] by Ockert Meyer
  7. The Barbarian Way by Erwin Raphael McManus
  8. Where is God when it hurts? by Philip Yancey
  9. Ek kies steeds die kerk: Stories, stryd en standpunte oor die kerk en die wêreld [I still choose the church: Stories, contest/conflict and viewpoints about the church and the world] by Neels Jackson
  10. Op soek na Jesus: ‘n Verslaggewer se verrassende perspektief op die lewe van Jesus [Looking for Jesus: A journalist’s surprising perspective on the life of Jesus] by Neels Jackson
  11. Faith to faith by Dan Scott
  12. Verstaan die gawes van die Gees [Understanding the gifts of the Spirit] by Henry & Mel Blackaby
  13. Adventures in saying yes by Carl Medearis
  14. Love wins by Rob Bell
  15. The Dream Giver by Bruce Wilkinson
  16. The renewed mind: A unique guide to becoming the kind of person you really want to be by Larry Christenson

B. Being Church

  1. Vaste Rots op wie ek bou [Fixed Rock on whom I build] by Cas Vos & Dirk Human (editors) – This is a book filled with articles, which I broke down to be smaller “books”.
  2. No joke: A Rabbi, an Imam and a Preacher do the unthinkable… and become friends for life by Jim Henderson and Cara Highsmith
  3. Everything must change by Brian D. McLaren
  4. Jim & Casper go to church by Jim Henderson & Matt Casper
  5. Soul survivor by Philip Yancey
  6. Deep & wide by Andy Stanley
  7. Die dinamika van ‘n Christelike geloofsgemeenskap [The dinamics of a Christian community] by Coenie Burger
  8. Jesus, save me from your followers by Dave Gilpin
  9. Ek behoort aan die kerk [I belong to the church] by Thom S. Rainer
  10. Speaking Christian by Marcus J. Borg
  11. Building a church of small groups by Bill Donahue & Russ Robinson
  12. Leading the congregation: Caring for yourself while serving the people by Norman Shawchuck & Roger Heuser

C. Youth ministry

  1. Purpose Driven youth ministry deur Doug Fields
  2. Doktor Andries Gous praat met die jeug [Doctor Andries Gous speaks to the youth] by Andries Gous
  3. Sustainable youth ministry by Mark DeVries
  4. A new kind of youth ministry by Chris Folmsbee
  5. Your first two years in youth ministry: A personal and practical guide to starting right by Doug Fields
  6. Belydenis van geloof Gespreksgids: Verrassende veelkleurige fasette van die geloof – Bely en lewe [Confessions of faith Studybook: Surprisingly colourful facets of the faith – Confess and live] by Johannes Mouton

D. Relationships

  1. Life changing relationships by James T. Meeks
  2. How to win friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie

E. Prayer

  1. Prayer partners by Elmer L. Towns
  2. Prayer by Philip Yancey
  3. Prayer by Richard Foster
  4. Knowing God through fasting by Elmer L. Towns

F. Star Trek

  1. Star Trek: Destiny #3 – Lost souls by David Mack
  2. Star Trek: Destiny #4 – A singular destiny by Keith R.A. DeCandido
  3. Star Trek: The original series – Bantam Book Episode adaptations: Star Trek 1 – Dagger of the mind by James Blish
  4. Star Trek: The next generation #002 – The peacekeepers by Gene DeWeese
  5. Star Trek: The original series – Bantam Book Episode adaptations: Star Trek 1 – The unreal McCoy by James Blish
  6. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine #002 – The siege by Peter David
  7. Star Trek: The original series – Bantam Book Episode adaptations: Star Trek 1 – The naked time by James Blish
  8. Star Trek: Voyager #003 – Ragnarok by Nathan Archer
  9. Star Trek: The original series – Bantam Book Episode adaptations: Star Trek 1 – Miri by James Blish
  10. Star Trek: Enterprise – By the book by Dean Wesley Smith & Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  11. Star Trek: The original series – Bantam Book Episode adaptations: Star Trek 1 – The conscience of the king by James Blish
  12. Star Trek: Discovery – Drastic measures by Dayton Ward
  13. Star Trek: Short stories – Sparrow Books short stories #4 – The secret empire by William Rotsler
  14. Star Trek: New Frontier #02 – Into the void by Peter David
  15. Star Trek: Short stories – Sparrow Books short stories #5 – Intelligence test by William Rotsler
  16. Star Trek: Stargazer – Gauntlet by Michael Jan Friedman
  17. Star Trek: Short stories – Sparrow Books short stories #6 – To wherever by William Rotsler
  18. Star Trek: The original series – Bantam Books Episode adaptations: Star Trek 2 – Space seed by Carey Wilber
  19. Star Trek: Movies – The wrath of Khan by Vonda N. McIntyre
  20. Star Trek: The Original Series #084 – Assignment: Eternity by Greg Cox

G. Homosexuality

  1. Homoseksualiteit en sewe klassieke Bybeltekste: Antigay of misverstaan? [Homosexuality and seven classical Bible texts: Antigay or misunderstand?] by Ernest van Eck & Ralph Barnard
  2. Riglyne vir ‘n verantwoordelike Nuwe Testamentiese verstaan in die homoseksualiteitsdebat, Deel 1: ‘n Komplekse saak [Guidelines for a responsible New Testament understanding in the homosexuality-debate, Part 1: A complex case] by Gert J. Steyn
  3. Riglyne vir ‘n verantwoordelike Nuwe Testamentiese verstaan in die homoseksualiteitsdebat, Deel 2: Nuwe Testamentiese tekste [Guidelines for a responsible New Testament understanding in the homosexuality-debate, Part 2: New Testament texts] by Gert J. Steyn

H. Biographies and autobiographies

  1. Becoming by Michelle Obama
  2. Captain in the cauldron by John Smith
  3. Not without honour: Tribute to Beyers Naudé by Peter Randall
  4. I write what I like by Steve Biko
  5. Conversations with my sons and daughters by Mamphela Ramphele
  6. ‘ … and nothing but the truth’? by Deon Gouws
  7. Politically incorrect by Peter de Villiers
  8. 7 men by Eric Metaxas
  9. Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward
  10. The President’s Keepers: Those keeping Zuma in power and out of prison by Jacques Pauw
  11. My mother. Barack Obama. Donald Trump. And the angry white man by Kevin Powell

I. Fiction

  1. Jake’s choice by Jim & Rachel Britts

J. Health

  1. Beseer in Sy diens: God se genesing vir gelowiges wat seergekry het [Injured in His service: God’s healing for believers who got hurt] by Hennie Maartens
  2. Personality type and religious leadership by Roy M. Oswald & Otto Kroeger
  3. In die donker put [In the dark pit] by Johan Smith
  4. Competent to counsel by Jay E. Adams
  5. Depressie – simptome, oorsake en genesing [Depression – simptoms, causes and healing] by Frank Minirth & Paul Meier
  6. Healing for damaged emotions by David A. Seamands
  7. The Detox Manual by Suzannah Olivier
  8. Eat right for your type by Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo

K. Articles in the book “Vaste Rots op wie ek bou” [“Solid Rock on whom I build”] by Cas Vos and Dirk Human (editors)

  1. Proloog [Prologue] by Cas Vos
  2. Die reformatoriese kerklike landskap [The reformatory church-landscape] by Hennie Pieterse
  3. Die uitdagings van Bybellees [The challenges in reading the Bible] by Dirk Human
  4. “Op hierdie rots sal Ek my kerk bou” [“On this rock I will build my church”] by Conrad Wethmar
  5. Die lang pad van Skrifuitleg [The long road to understanding the Scriptures] by Jurie le Roux
  6. Tekste en hulle kontekste [Texts and their contexts] by Jurie le Roux
  7. Mitologiese taal: verduistering of verheldering? – Jona as illustrasie [Mithological language: eclipsing or brightening?] by Dirk Human
  8. Metaforiese vonke en mitologiese taal [Metaphorical sparks and mythological language] by Ernest van Eck
  9. Messiaanse tekste in die Ou Testament [Messianic texts in the Old Testament] by Alphonso Groenewald
  10. Messiaanse tekste in die Nuwe Testament [Messianic texts in the New Testament] by Gert Steyn
  11. Feesgedig [Festival poem] by NP van Wyk Louw
  12. Die maagdelike verwekking [The virgin begetting] by Ernest van Eck
  13. Kruiseling [Crossling {I’m not really sure how to translate this any better}] by Cas Vos
  14. Oor ons gekruisigde God, nakend en vol bloed About our crucified God, naked and full of blood] by Johanna de Lange
  15. “Christ of the burnt men” by Sheila Cussons
  16. Jesus-afdruk [Jesus-print] by I.L. de Villiers
  17. Versoening in die Ou Testament [Reconciliation in the Old Testament] by Pieter Venter
  18. Versoening in die Evangelies [Reconciliation in the gospels] by Hermie van Zyl
  19. Paulus en die Korintiërs: wantroue en versoening [Paul and the Corinthians: distrust and reconciliation] by Kobus Myburgh
  20. Opstanding [Resurrection] by Cas Vos
  21. Opstanding in die sinoptiese Evangelies [Resurrection in the synoptic Gospels] by Gert Steyn
  22. Opstanding in die Evangelie volgens Johannes [Resurrection in the Gospel according to John] by Dirk van der Merwe
  23. Opstanding by Paulus [Resurrection according to Paul] by Kobus Kok
  24. Opstanding in die apokaliptiek by Pieter Venter
  25. Opstanding en simboliek in die vroeg-Christelike kuns [Resurrection and symbolism in the early-Christian art] by Hennie Stander
  26. Redelike geloof? [Reasonable belief?] by Gerrit Brand
  27. Lex orandi, lex credenda [This is a Latin phrase: The law of prayer is the law of belief] by Vincent Brümmer
  28. “Soms mis ek God” … oor die kortsluiting tussen geloof en ervaring [“Sometimes I miss God” … regarding the short circuit between belief and experience] by Daniël Veldsman
  29. Oor hoe geloof my dra [Regarding how belief carries me] by Elna Mouton
  30. Epiloog [Epilogue] by Cas Vos

L. Politics

  1. How not to get shot. And other advice from white people by D.L. Hughley
  2. Afrikanerskap in Bybelse lig [Being Afrikaner in a Biblical light] by Prof J.L. Helberg
  3. Geestelike weerbaarheid teen ideologiese terrorisme [Spiritual resilience against ideological terrorism] by S.G. Roos

M. Romans-study

  1. Romans by David L. Bartlett
  2. Paul’s letter to the Romans: A commentary by Arland J. Hultgren
  3. Romans & the people of God by Sven K. Soderlund & N.T. Wright
  4. The letter to the Romans: Salvation as justice and the deconstruction of law by Herman C. Waetjen
  5. Reading Romans in context: Paul and second Temple Judaism by Ben C. Blackwell, John K. Goodrich & Jason Maston (editors)
  6. Paul’s new perspective: Charting a Soteriological journey by Garwood P. Anderson
  7. The Political Theology of Paul by Jacob Taubes

N. Hobbies

  1. The world encyclopedia of coffee: The definitive guide to coffee, from simple bean to irresistible beverage by Mary Banks, Christine McFadden and Catherine Atkinson
  2. Bonsai gardening secrets by Eric A. Olsen
  3. Advancing your photography: A handbook for creating photo’s you’ll love by Marc Silber
  4. Wit, Afrikaanse man [White, Afrikaans man] by Neels Jackson

Books I read in 2018


I have read a few books in 2018. I mostly read books with some kind of spiritual content or that had some kind of content related to ubuntu, since I was still working on my mini-dissertation. For relaxation, I also read Star Trek books. I will now list books that I read (I will add a little more info regarding what I read for studying purposes, as well as when I read only parts of it for that same studying purposes):

  1. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – Emissary by J.M. Dillard
  2. Star Trek: Voyager – Caretaker by L.A. Graf
  3. Star Trek: The Eugenics Wars, Volume 1 – The rise and fall of Khan Noonien Singh, Volume 1 by Greg Cox
  4. Star Trek: New Frontier – House of cards by Peter David
  5. Star Trek: Enterprise – Broken bow by Diane Carey
  6. Star Trek: The next generation – Encounter at Farpoint by David Gerrold
  7. Star Trek: The original series – Mission to Horatius by Vonda N. McIntyre
  8. Star Trek: The Captain’s Table – War dragons by L.A. Graf
  9. Star Trek: The Captain’s Table – Dujonian’s hoard by Michael Jan Friedman
  10. Star Trek: The Captain’s Table – The mist by Dean Wesley Smith & Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  11. The Acts of the Apostles: An introduction and commentary by F.L. Arrington {Partly; for studying purposes}
  12. A critical and exegetical commentary on The Acts of the Apostles – In two volumes. Volume 1: Preliminary Introduction and Commentary on Acts I-XIV by Charles Barrett {Partly; for studying purposes}
  13. uBuntu Life coping skills from Africa by Johann Broodryk {For studying purposes}
  14. Understanding South Africa – the uBuntu way of living by Johann Broodryk {For studying purposes}
  15. “Storying Ubuntu as a rainbow nation” by W. Buqa {Article/Paper; for studying purposes}
  16. A commentary on the Acts of the Apostles by H. Conzelmann {Partly; for studying purposes}
  17. “Ubuntu is homeless: An urban theological reflection” by S.F. de Beer {Article/Paper; for studying purposes}
  18. Die Handelinge van die Apostels: Deel 1 by J.L. de Villiers {Partly; for studying purposes} [The title, if translated, would be: The Acts of the Apostles: Part 1]
  19. The Acts of Jesus: The search for the authentic deeds of Jesus by R.W. Funk {Partly; for studying purposes}
  20. The five gospels: The search for the authentic words of Jesus by R.W. Funk {Partly; for studying purposes}
  21. “Elders decry the loss of Ubuntu” by M.T. Gumbo {Article/Paper; for studying purposes}
  22. The study of Africa by K.D. Koka {Article/Paper not published; for studying purposes}
  23. “The erosion of African communal values: A reappraisal of the African Ubuntu philosophy” by N.N. Mabovula {Article/Paper; for studying purposes}
  24. “Cultivating a climate of co-operation through Ubuntu” by N. Makhudu {Article/Paper; for studying purposes}
  25. Exiles and Homecoming: A Bibliography of Es’kia Mphahlele by N.C. Manganyi {Partly; for studying purposes}
  26. “Discovering and exploring Ubuntu-language in the dialogue between the Dutch Reformed Church and the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa” by L. Meiring {Article/Paper; for studying purposes}
  27. A report on Ubuntu by L. Praeg {Partly; for studying purposes}
  28. African theology: An introduction by G.M. Setiloane {Partly; for studying purposes}
  29. Ubuntu: An ethic for a new South Africa by A. Schutte {Partly; for studying purposes}

My reading list for 2018 and onward


At the beginning of this year (2018), I compiled a list of books I want to read throughout the year (and in 2019 and beyond).

I recently handed in my mini-dissertation, and it was approved to be sent to the external examiner. Thus, as far as my hopes go, I am finished with my studies. For now at least. And that gives me more time to read.

This list is long. This is because I really want to try and make a type of short-list of books I want to read over the next 12-36 months. There might be books that get onto the list and becomes a bigger priority to read that the titles that are currently on the list. I will update this list regularly. I will also update the list of books that I read regularly, as I finish some of the books. I will try to keep that list current by year. I will also try to keep this specific list to 45-50 titles.

I will post the books I have read in 2018 soon (maybe even later today).

A. Churchlife and Christianity

  1. Everything must change by Brian D. McLaren
  2. Celebration of discipline by Richard Foster
  3. The Barbarian Way by Erwin Raphael McManus
  4. Jim & Casper go to church by Jim Henderson & Matt Casper
  5. Where is God when it hurts? by Philip Yancey
  6. Soul survivor by Philip Yancey
  7. Deep & wide by Andy Stanley
  8. Life changing relationships by James T. Meeks
  9. Die dinamika van ‘n Christelike geloofsgemeenskap by Coenie Burger [This is an Afrikaans book; in English, the title would be something like “The dinamics of a Christian (religious) community”]
  10. Jesus, save me from your followers by Dave Gilpin
  11. Ek behoort aan die kerk by Thom S. Rainer [This is an Afrikaans book; in English, the title would be “I belong to the church”]
  12. Speaking Christian by Marcus J. Borg
  13. Faith to faith by Dan Scott
  14. Verstaan die gawes van die Gees by Henry & Mel Blackaby [This is an Afrikaans book; in English, the title would be “Understand the gifts of the Spirit”]
  15. Adventures in saying yes by Carl Medearis
  16. Love wins by Rob Bell
  17. The Dream Giver by Bruce Wilkinson
  18. Doktor Andries Gous praat met die jeug by Andries Gous [This is an Afrikaans book; in English, the title would be “Doctor Andries Gous speaking to the youth”]

B. Youth ministry

  1. Purpose Driven youth ministry by Doug Fields

C. Prayer

  1. Prayer partners by Elmer L. Towns
  2. Prayer by Philip Yancey
  3. Knowing God through fasting by Elmer L. Towns

D. Star Trek

  1. Star Trek: The next generation – Ghost ship by Diane Carey
  2. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – The siege by Peter David
  3. Star Trek: Voyager – The escape by Dean Wesley Smith & Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  4. Star Trek: New Frontier – Into the void by Peter David
  5. Star Trek: The Eugenics Wars, Volume 2 – The rise and fall of Khan Noonien Singh, Volume 2 by Greg Cox
  6. Star Trek: The original series – Bantam Books Episode adaptations: Star Trek 2 – Space seed by Carey Wilber
  7. Star Trek: The original series – To reign in hell: The exile of Khan Noonien Singh by Greg Cox
  8. Star Trek: Movies – The wrath of Khan by Vonda N. McIntyre
  9. Star Trek: The Original Series – Assignment: Eternity by Greg Cox
  10. Star Trek: The aliens are coming! by Dayton Ward
  11. Star Trek: Destiny – Gods of night by David Mack

E. Biographies and autobiographies

  1. Captain in the cauldron by John Smit
  2. Not without honour: Tribute to Beyers Naudé by Peter Randall
  3. I write what I like by Steve Biko
  4. Conversations with my sons and daughters by Mamphela Ramphele
  5. ‘ … and nothing but the truth’? by Deon Gouws
  6. Politically incorrect by Peter de Villiers
  7. 7 men by Eric Metaxas
  8. Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward
  9. The President’s Keepers: Those keeping Zuma in power and out of prison by Jacques Pauw
  10. My mother. Barack Obama. Donald Trump. And the angry white man by Kevin Powell

F. Fiction

  1. Jake’s choice by Jim & Rachel Britts

G. Health

  1. Personality type and religious leadership by Roy M. Oswald & Otto Kroeger
  2. In die donker put by Johan Smith [This is an Afrikaans book; in English, the title would be “In the dark pit”]
  3. Deperessie – simptome, oorsake en genesing by Frank Minirth & Paul Meier [This is an Afrikaans book; in English, the title would be “Depression – simptoms, causes and healing”]
  4. Healing for damaged emotions by David A. Seamands
  5. The Detox Manual by Suzannah Olivier
  6. Eat right for your type by Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo

H. Politics

  1. How not to get shot. And other advice from white people by D.L. Hughley
  2. Rising out of hatred: The awakening of a former white Nationalist by Eli Saslow
  3. Afrikanerskap in Bybelse lig by Prof J.L. Helberg [This is an Afrikaans book; in English, the title would be something like “Being an Afrikaner in light of the Bible”]
  4. Geestelike weerbaarheid teen ideologiese terrorisme by S.G. Roos [This is an Afrikaans book; in English, the title would be “Spiritual defensibility/resiliency against ideological terrorism”]

Me and my Dissertation 2017 … Beginning again


I want to start a series of posts about my Dissertation. I am going to e-mail these blogs to some people, people to whom I want to stay accountable until my Dissertation is finished. Readers who also want to challenge me to finish my Dissertation, are welcome.
I am goint to try to blog every two weeks about how I am doing.
These posts will be short. Of course it must not keep my away from the actual work of writing my Dissertation. Sometimes it will be in the style of a blog post and sometimes in the style of a letter – depending on what I write first.
This series will be in two languages – Afrikaans and English. I have two blogsites – an Afrikaans blog and an English blog. I want to have people from both sites to go on this journey with me. I write in Afrikaans first, and then I translate it to Afrikaans. I expect that my writing style will change in this translation. The email version will be one document. [You are welcome to read both blogposts; I will include both links.]
The reason for this decision? I have come to realise over the years that there are truth in the teaching that we are part of a community of people, that we can’t function optimamly [I hope there are a word like that!] outside of that community (That is also a reason for the choice of part of my Dissertation theme). I also experienced that, with some projects, I need a community of people.
Each person’s community differs. For the sake of this Dissertation, there are a few Theology students, as well as some current pastors that I want to “use” in my community. I am mailing this to people without even getting their permission to be part of this community. If you don’t want to be part of it, please let me know.
I am writing this post before I even know whether I will be allowed to finish my Dissertation through University channels. I started in 2007 at Tukkies. I finished my degree within 4 years. After that (2011), I started with my church-specific degree. {I can’t actually remember which one is MDiv and which one is BTh; I am sure someone will comment about this.}
Different things happened that caused me not to finish my dissertation earlier. In following posts I will share more in this regard – as part of my own process of transparency.
I have works on it over the last few months. It is not on an academic standard, though. In Rustenburg, I had three pastors (Riaan Steyn, Herman Jansen and Pieter Jordaan) who has helped me correct my standard and style. My hope was to get as much work as possible done, maybe even up to 75% or more, before finding out whether I can register again. I never realised how much of the sources I photocopied. [After all, students know that they have to make copies of parts of their sources if that don’t want to or can’t work in the library.] As a result of some wrong methods of referral (wrong or incomplete), my dissertation went from 45% done, to 15% done.
That is why I need to register as a student again – so that I can get into the library.
This is my first hurdle toward finishing my dissertation. Will I be able to register as a student again, dispite already registering for this specific part of my studies 2 or 3 times already?
It is amazing (maybe I should have realised this) how much of the student-processes a person forgets if he/she doesn’t go to campus anymore. So I am a little unsure how to find out whether I can register again.
I’ll keep you posted.