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.
- A Practical Primer on Theological Method: Table Manners for Discussing God, His Works, and His Ways by Michael J. Svigel, Glenn R. Kreider – REVIEW
- The Preacher’s Wife: The Precarious Power of Evangelical Women Celebrities by Kate Bowler – REVIEW.
- Renia’s Diary, A Holocaust Journal – Renia Spiegel with her sister Elizabeth Bellak
- O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
- Accountable Discipleship: Living in God’s Household by Steven Manskar
- Billy Budd and other Tales by Herman Melville, intro by J. Markels
- Show Me The Way: Readings for Each Day of Lent by Henri J.M. Nouwen
- Christological Anthropology in Historical Perspective: Ancient and Contemporary Approaches to Theological Anthropology by Marc Cortez
- When to Walk Away: Finding Freedom from Toxic People by Gary L. Thomas – REVIEW
- Recovering from Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: How the Church Needs to Rediscover Her Purpose by Aimee Byrd – REVIEW
- A Change of Heart: A Personal and Theological Memoir by Thomas C. Oden – REVIEW
- Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition by Christine D. Pohl
- Leap Over a Wall: Earthy Spirituality for Everyday Christians by Eugene H. Peterson – REVIEW
- Flannery O’Conner Collected Works – REVIEW
- Made in His Image by John MacDonald – REVIEW
- The Dutch Reformed Church in the American Colonies by Gerald F. De Jong
- Woollen and Linen by John Gifford Bellett
- The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative by Christopher J.H. Wright
- The Son of God by John Gifford Bellett
- The Way Up Is Down: Becoming Yourself by Forgetting Yourself by Marlena Graves – REVIEW
- 1 Peter (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) by Karen H. Jobes – REVIEW
- Letters from a Skeptic by Gregory A. Boyd, Edward K. Boyd – REVIEW
- I See You: How Love Opens Our Eyes to Invisible People by Terence Lester – REVIEW
- Against the Flow: The Inspiration of Daniel in an Age of Relativism by John C. Lennox
- In Christ: Devotions for Every Day of the Year by E. Stanley Jones – REVIEW
- Stewards of Eden: What Scripture Says about the Environment and Why It Matters by Sandra L. Richter – REVIEW
- Christ in the Minor Prophets by Harold P. Barker
- The Name of God is Mercy by Pope Francis
- The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism by Jemar Tisby – REVIEW
- Except Ye Repent by H.A. Ironside – REVIEW
- Since Nobody’s Perfect, How Good is Good Enough by Andy Stanley – REVIEW
- 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.
Good list! Some of your books are in my TBR stack.
I agree that it’s hard to pick favorite books. I also choose carefully, so I rarely come across duds. If I do, then I stop reading.
Hi Persis! Thanks for you comment, and I hope you appreciate the ones in your TBR stack!