Silence, by Shusaku Endo

A book I like to teach

Shusaku Endo’s novel recounts the spiritual descent of an earnest Portuguese priest and his small, beleaguered flock of believers in 17th-century Japan. Ever since I discovered it in 1979 thanks to a review by Douglas John Hall, it has remained among my top three candidates for items I would want to have with me if I were stranded on a desert island.


Emil Brunner: A Reappraisal, by Alister E. McGrath

Alistair McGrath offers an intellectual history of Emil Brunner's life and thought—and pleads for a recovery of his theology.