I have not yet put out a summary of my recent readings in 2009 for the plain and simple reason that between being overly busy in January and then rather ill in February, I haven't have the chance to read much over the past couple of months. I have been reading pages of David Scaer's work on James which purports to the a christological epistle for the persecuted church, written during the early persecution of the church between Acts 8-10. If true, this would make James, by far, the first New Testament book. An interesting proposal that I hope to finish one of these days when my concentration rises above that of a fruit fly and my ability to type above that of a chimpanzee.
I have made a little more progress on Hare's The Theme of Jewish Persecution of Christians in Gospel According to St Matthew. A helpful study apart from the author's obvious distrust of Luke as a historian in Acts. Surprisely readable, however.
The only book that I have managed to finish is The Quest for Freedom and Dignity by Vishal Mangalwandi. Simply put, this book has helped me more to understand the situation facing Christians in present day India than any other book or report that I have yet read. Through the use of stories, testimonies and theological reflections, the author shows how Christ is not only the answer to bringing lasting peace to the life of the Indian but to India itself. Order it and read it! That's all I can say, if you really want to understand India. Vishal Mangalwandi is one of India's clearest Christian thinkers alive today, I believe. It's why I insisted that we needed to make this book available after I had read it. There is much to be heard in this book, both for Westerners and Indians.