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Hello, my blog readers! I appreciate you. This is my annual post of books read for the year. Theoretically, I should have been able to read more this year, but was often distracted, unable to concentrate for long. Others readers have shared similar. How about you? Feel free to glance at my list. I’ve linked where I wrote a review of the book. The lack of a review does not indicate I did not find a book worthwhile! I still plan to review a couple books on this list.

Some people only share their top 10, or highlight “the best” books, but I find this hard to do, as books can be worthwhile for different reasons. And I am usually thoughtful and “careful” about books I choose to read, therefore, it is rare I encounter duds.

  1. A Practical Primer on Theological Method: Table Manners for Discussing God, His Works, and His Ways by Michael J. Svigel, Glenn R. Kreider – REVIEW
  2. The Preacher’s Wife: The Precarious Power of Evangelical Women Celebrities by Kate Bowler – REVIEW.
  3. Renia’s Diary, A Holocaust Journal – Renia Spiegel with her sister Elizabeth Bellak
  4. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
  5. Accountable Discipleship: Living in God’s Household by Steven Manskar
  6. Billy Budd and other Tales by Herman Melville, intro by J. Markels
  7. Show Me The Way: Readings for Each Day of Lent by Henri J.M. Nouwen
  8. Christological Anthropology in Historical Perspective: Ancient and Contemporary Approaches to Theological Anthropology by Marc Cortez
  9. When to Walk Away: Finding Freedom from Toxic People by Gary L. Thomas – REVIEW
  10. Recovering from Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: How the Church Needs to Rediscover Her Purpose by Aimee Byrd – REVIEW
  11. A Change of Heart: A Personal and Theological Memoir by Thomas C. Oden – REVIEW
  12. Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition by Christine D. Pohl
  13. Leap Over a Wall: Earthy Spirituality for Everyday Christians by Eugene H. Peterson – REVIEW
  14. Flannery O’Conner Collected Works – REVIEW
  15. Made in His Image by John MacDonald – REVIEW
  16. The Dutch Reformed Church in the American Colonies by Gerald F. De Jong
  17. Woollen and Linen by John Gifford Bellett
  18. The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative by Christopher J.H. Wright
  19. The Son of God by John Gifford Bellett
  20. The Way Up Is Down: Becoming Yourself by Forgetting Yourself  by Marlena Graves – REVIEW
  21. 1 Peter (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) by Karen H. Jobes – REVIEW
  22. Letters from a Skeptic by Gregory A. Boyd, Edward K. Boyd – REVIEW
  23. I See You: How Love Opens Our Eyes to Invisible People by Terence Lester – REVIEW
  24. Against the Flow: The Inspiration of Daniel in an Age of Relativism by John C. Lennox
  25. In Christ: Devotions for Every Day of the Year by E. Stanley Jones – REVIEW
  26. Stewards of Eden: What Scripture Says about the Environment and Why It Matters by Sandra L. Richter – REVIEW
  27. Christ in the Minor Prophets by Harold P. Barker
  28. The Name of God is Mercy by Pope Francis
  29. The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism by Jemar Tisby – REVIEW
  30. Except Ye Repent by H.A. Ironside – REVIEW
  31. Since Nobody’s Perfect, How Good is Good Enough by Andy Stanley – REVIEW
  32. Bearing God’s Name, Why Sinai Still Matters by Carmen Joy Imes

I place the Bible in a different category, but I read through this Bible: Review of a “Reader’s Bible”

⇒ Also, a book I reviewed in 2019 was edited and appeared in the summer 2020 issue of the academic print journal “The Priscilla Papers.” – This was really exciting for me!! More HERE. It was the book pictured to the left: Men and Women in Christ, Fresh Light From the Biblical Texts by Andrew Bartlett.

Please feel free to comment and share any books you found particularly helpful in 2020.