2011: A Year in Books

December 29, 2011 — 1 Comment

This last year, I did a lot of reading, and a lot of reviewing. To give you an idea of the pool I’m drawing from for my top 11 books of 2011, here’s the rundown.

Books I Read and Reviewed:

  1. Histories and Fallacies
  2. The Gospel and The Mind
  3. Meaning at the Movies
  4. Rediscovering the Church Fathers
  5. The Greener Grass Conspiracy
  6. Redeeming Sociology
  7. Am I Really A Christian?
  8. Practicing Affirmation
  9. The Beginning and End of Wisdom
  10. Jesus + Nothing = Everything
  11. Lit! (part 2part 3)
  12. Why O God? Suffering and Disability in the Bible and the Church
  13. The Doctrine of the Word of God
  14. Right Reason and The Princeton Mind
  15. Union With Christ: In Scripture, History, and Theology
  16. The Next Story
  17. The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology For Pilgrims on the Way
  18. The King Jesus Gospel
  19. Introducing Covenant Theology (also called God of Promise)
  20. Jesus, Paul and the People of God
  21. Marriage Matters
  22. When Will My Life Not Suck?
  23. “We’re Just Friends” and Other Dating Lies
  24. What Do You Think of Me? Why Do I Care?
  25. Branded
  26. Playing Hurt
  27. From the Garden to the City
  28. The World-Tilting Gospel
  29. Paradox in Theology
  30. Earthen Vessels: Why Our Bodies Matter to Our Faith
  31. Redemption: Freed by Jesus From the Idols We Worship and the Wounds We Carry
  32. Rid of My Disgrace: Hope and Healing For Victims of Sexual Assault
  33. Note to Self: The Discipline of Preaching to Yourself
  34. Disciple: Getting Your Identity From Jesus
  35. Community: Taking Your Small Group Off Life Support
  36. Now My Eyes Have Seen You
  37. Dominion and Dynasty
  38. Christianity and Literature
  39. Business For the Common Good
  40. Union With Christ: Reframing Theology and Ministry for the Church
  41. Revisiting the Corruption of the New Testament

Books I’ve Read and am Due to Review:

Books I Read for Class:

  1. What the Best College Teachers Do
  2. Renewing Minds
  3. Mark As Story
  4. Telling Stories to Touch the Heart
  5. Arminian Theology
  6. What Saint Paul Really Said
  7. Paul: In Fresh Perspective
  8. Justification
  9. The Saving Righteousness of God

Books I Read for My Thesis:

  1. The Calvinist Concept of Culture
  2. Calvin
  3. Living in God’s Two Kingdoms
  4. Hollywood Worldviews
  5. The Message Behind the Movie
  6. Into the Dark
  7. The Moral Premise
  8. Reel Spirituality

Books I Read for Fun:

  1. All 7 Harry Potter books
  2. The Chronicles of Narnia
  3. Reclaiming Adoption
  4. Cruciform: Living the Cross Shaped Life
  5. But God..The Two Words at the Heart of The Gospel
  6. Smooth Stones: Bringing Down the Giant Question of Apologetics
  7. Licensed to Kill: A Field Manual For Mortifying Sin
  8. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
  9. Outliers: The Story of Success
  10. What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures
  11. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
  12. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
  13. Eating the DinosaurSex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto
  14. Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story
  15. Fargo Rock City : A Heavy Metal Odyssey in Rural North Dakota
  16. A Walk in The Woods
  17. In a Sunburned Country
  18. A Short History of Nearly Everything
  19. Wayfaring
  20. The Writer’s Life
  21. Simply Christian
  22. Surprised by Hope
  23. After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters
  24. The Gospel Commission
  25. The Compound Effect
  26. Arrested Development and Philosophy
  27. God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?
  28. Science and It’s Limits: The Natural Sciences in Christian Perspective
  29. God and Stephen Hawking
  30. 7 Days That Divide the World
  31. The Cross From a Distance
  32. Original Sin
  33. Christ, Our Righteousness
  34. Sealed With An Oath
  35. How To Write a Sentence and How to Read One
  36. On Writing Well
  37. Stuff Christians Like
  38. Bossypants (thanks to Audible)
  39. Steve Jobs (thanks to Audible)

Books I Dabbled In, Enjoyed, But Didn’t Read Cover to Cover (Yet):

  1. Reformed Theology and Visual Culture
  2. Image and Word in the Theology of John Calvin
  3. Reframing Theology and Film
  4. A Theological Guide to Calvin’s Institutes
  5. Calvin and Culture
  6. The Liberated Imagination
  7. Story
  8. Berkhof’s Systematic Theology
  9. The New Testament and The People of God
  10. The Doctrine of God
  11. Trinitarian Spirituality
  12. God With Us: Divine Condescension and the Attributes of God

Now, I know what you’re thinking, but this list isn’t exhaustive. But it does give both you and me a good picture of my reading patterns for this last year. Tomorrow, or probably the next day, I’ll highlight what were my personal favorites from this past year and sometime next week I’ll point you to what I’m looking forward to reading in 2012.

Most likely though, next year’s list won’t be quite this expansive. I doubt I can keep up a pace like this indefinitely. But we’ll see…


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