The Professor’s Bookshelf: Dr. Tate Cockrell

This series at Between the Times highlights Southeastern faculty members as they share about books which they are enjoying now, books which have shaped them personally, and books they consistently recommend to others.

This week, we interview Dr. Tate Cockrell.

Dr. Cockrell is Associate Professor of Counseling and the Assistant Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at Southeastern.


What are some books you are reading right now?

I don’t read multiple books simultaneously usually. The two most recent books I’ve read are Saving Normal: An Insider’s Revolt against Out-of-Control Psychiatric Diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the Medicalization of Ordinary Life by Frances Allen and How to Deal with Difficult Relationships: Bridging the Gaps That Separate People by June Hunt. I’m currently reading, The Pastor and Counseling: The Basics of Shepherding Members in Need by Pierre and Reju.

What are some of the books which have had the largest impact on your life, thinking, or teaching?

AW Tozer’s, The Pursuit of God, was given to me shortly after I became a Christ follower and served as the first foundational book in my discipleship. Similarly, Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, was the first devotional I read after becoming a Christian. Two books by Rick Yount, Created to Learn and Called to Teach have had the greatest impact on my teaching ministry. I had the blessing of studying under Dr. Yount  in my Master’s and Doctoral studies.


What are some of your favorite works of fiction?

I’m a huge Dean Koontz fan. His books aren’t Christian but they all have a spiritual component to them. They are classic good vs. evil thrillers, and they are just weird enough for me to enjoy. I’m also a John Grisham fan. So, I read most of his books as well.

Are there any books which you re-read on a regular basis and why?

I read AW Tozer’s, The Pursuit of God, every year. It had a profound impact upon my early Christian development. I also read Howard Hendricks book Teaching to Change Lives: Seven Proven Ways to Make Your Teaching Come Alive every couple of years. It serves as a great reminder of how to teach for maximum impact.

What is one book which you would recommend to a church member and why?

Becoming a True Spiritual Community: A Profound Vision of What the Church Can Be by Larry Crabb. This book completely revolutionized the way I think about church. If every church member reads this book, they would see the necessity and impact of true biblical community.

What is one book which you would recommend to a seminary student to read beyond what they might encounter in class and why?

What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done by Matthew Perman.

So much of ministry is about how to prioritize and make the best use of our time. Perman does an exceptional job of laying out a Gospel centered way of making decisions about our daily tasks. I think most seminary students would benefit greatly from his wisdom.

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