I’ve achieved something of a milestone this week. At Stoneleigh Bible Week in 1999 Terry Virgo recommended two books: The NICNT Commentary on Philippians by Gordon Fee, and Jesus and the Victory of God by N T Wright. I bought Philippians first and that took me over a year to read. Last summer I bought Jesus and the Victory of God. Both were outstanding books, but there is one problem: they have dreadful front covers.
Now I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover – but these books look boring. If by any chance you are a theological book cover designer please take note. Not everyone appreciates ancient religious art. I’m embarrassed to have these books on my desk at work when I’m reading through them.
I could give many examples of awesome books that have dreadful covers. Here I will show the worst three offenders. I don’t mind if a bad book has a bad cover – but these are really worth reading.
1. Jesus and the Victory of God – N T Wright
N T Wright paints a historically credible picture of Jesus – unlike this painter:
2. NICNT Philippians – Gordon Fee
I have no idea what is supposed to be happening here:
3. Let the Nations be Glad – John Piper
This challenging and life changing book just looks cheap and cheerful: