There are many good books to read, and my pastor manages to read them way faster than I can keep up with his recommendations, so someone I know says that buying the books my pastor recommends is a good retirement investment. Anyway, this is just a quick post to give a couple of these recommendations, and then mention a couple of other things that I'm reading and hope to write reviews of soon.
One that my pastor recommends that I'm ordering right now is Herman Bavinck's Reformed Dogmatics: Sin and Salvation in Christ (this is the third volume in a series). Another one that I read a while back that he recommended and I really enjoyed (which I should write a review of, if I didn't already) is John Frame's The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God.
Two that I'm currently reading or starting on for the Discerning Reader (formerly Diet of Bookworms) are Mark Dever's The Message of the New Testament: Promises Kept, and John Frame's upcoming Salvation Belongs to the Lord: An Introduction to Systematic Theology. While I haven't started the Frame book, I'm enjoying the Dever book. It's a lot more like something you might be interested in sitting down and reading than a survey like Hendriksen's Survey of the Bible, which is more suitable for intense study or a class. Of course, that has its disadvantages, as well -- stuff tends to stick with you better if you study it in great detail like you would if you follow through the Hendriksen book, while the Dever book is based on sermons and includes a lot less detail.
Anyway, I'll write reviews on these when I finish them. I just wanted to mention them, and see if others have any comments on them.