So many tough choices, really! So in the end I decided to go with:
Klyne Snodgrass’ Stories with Intent: A Comprehensive Guide to the Parables of Jesus ($31.00)
Kenton Sparks’ God Words in Human Words: An Evangelical Approriation of Biblical Scholarship ($17.27)
It was tough to go between Sparks and Letham’s book on the Trinity. Real tough. But in the end I think I chose to go with Sparks because he covers such a broad spcetrum of the Bible and issues I would like to read up on, though I really want to check out Letham too.