From an interview: Carl Trueman on the books that have influenced him most:
GD: Fair enough. Who has most influenced your theological development?
CT: Theologically, I’m deeply indebted to J I Packer. Martin Luther is a constant part of my theological diet. Other theologians I love to read are Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, John Owen, Blaise Pascal, B B Warfield, Cardinal Newman, and Herman Bavinck. Of more recent writers, D A Carson and C J Mahaney. CJ has had a deeper impact on my life perhaps than any other recent author — the deceptive simplicity of his practical writings is simply beautiful and, on a practical level, very convicting.
. . . what is the most helpful theological book that you have read in the last twelve months? It is a must read because?
CT: Rober Kolb and Charles P Arand, The Genius of Luther’s Theology. Just a great book on the central gospel truths as expressed by Luther. The older I get, the more I crave the simple stuff. This isn’t simple, in the sense of being lightweight, but it focuses so beautifully and pastorally on the basics.