Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church by D. A. Carson (Zondervan, 2005) 231pp.
I found this extremely helpful. The book notes some the strengths of the emergent movement, but weighs in with serious critique. It necessarily generalises in places, but his major interaction is with the writings of Brian MacLaren and Steve Chalke. His concern, it seems to me, is to show that the Bible teaches that truth can be known. In light of this, the post-modern influences on such writers as Chalke and MacLaren have weakened their willingness to hold on to truth. Important.
The Book of Ruth (NICOT Series) by R. L. Hubbrd (Eerdmans, 1988) 285pp.
I have never been one for reading through commentaries. I have always tended to use them for reference. However, prompted by my studies last semester, it is probably a good idea to read the whole thing reasonably quickly to get the flow of thought. Hubbard was helpful – not too technical though full, and about enough warmth to keep you interested.