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Textbook List

Summer 2021/2022

Henderson, Distance Learning

Please Note

Books that are designated under “Required Texts” are books that you will need for your course. “Recommended Texts” will be helpful for your assignment writing and worthwhile texts to add to your library, but won’t be needed for course reading.

Following are websites that you can order your textbooks from. The Book Depository does not charge postage. Alternatively you could order through the Manna Store henderson@manna.co.nz or through Manna Online. If you choose to do this, allow plenty of time for delivery.

Electronic books: Be aware that you can often buy the books cheaper through Amazon as electronic Kindle books. To read these you can down load free software “Kindle for PC” and read them on a laptop or you can buy a Kindle e-Reader or use a tablet (ipad etc). The advantages are price (often about $10) and instant delivery. The possible downside is having to read it on a laptop.

115 Reading the Bible

The required text for this course is:

Bartholomew, Craig G, and Michael W. Goheen. The Drama of Scripture: Finding Our Place in the Biblical Story. 2nd Edition. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2014.

203 The Trinity

Level 6 students:

There is one required text:

Young, W.P. The Shack. Los Angeles: Windblown Media, 2007.

Level 6 and 7 students:
Access to one or more of the following is strongly recommended:

Allen, Michael and Scott R. Swain (eds). Christian Dogmatics. Grand Rapids, MI, Baker Academic, 2016.

Bird, Michael F. Evangelical Theology. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2013.

Erickson, Millard J. Christian Theology. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2013 (or another recent edition)

Van der Kooi, Cornelis and Gijsbert van den Brink, Christian Dogmatics. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2017.

Habets, Myk. The Progressive Mystery: Tracing the Elusive Spirit in Scripture and Tradition. Bellingham: Lexham Press, 2019.

Horton, Michael. The Christian Faith. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011.

215 Beginning Theology

The required textbook is supplied as a PDF within Moodle. This is a book that introduces students to doing theology at an introductory university-level of study:

Breingan, Lucienne. Beginning Theology: An Introduction for Students. Newcastle, Aus.: Lucienne Breingan, 2015.

Students are also strongly recommended to acquire the following:

Harris, Brian. The Big Picture: Building Blocks of a Christian World View. Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2015.

271 Gospel and Culture

No set text.

401 Formation

No set text.

403 Spirituality for Ministry

No set text.

505 Christian Leadership & Mission

Recommended textbook:

Dixon, Nigel. Villages without Walls: An Exploration of the Necessity of Building Christian Community in a Post-Christian World. New Zealand: Vox Humana, 2010.

The eBook is available for purchase on the Laidlaw College website: https://www.laidlaw.ac.nz/products/villages-without-walls/

R215 Theologian in Context


Milbank, John. Theology and Social Theory: Beyond Secular Reason. 2nd ed. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2006.

Smith, James K. A. Introducing Radical Orthodoxy: Mapping a Post-Secular Theology. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2004.