Books

One of the things you should know about me is that I love to read. Here is a compilation of my favorite reads over the past couple of years.

2015 Top 10 Reads

  1. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  2. The Sabbath: It’s Meaning for Modern Man by Abraham Joshua Heschel
  3. The Allure of Gentleness: Defending the Faith in the Manner of Jesus by Dallas Willard
  4. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  5. Kingdom Conspiracy: Returning to the Radical Mission of the Local Church by Scot McKnight
  6. The Martian by Andy Weir
  7. Counterfeit Gods by Timothy Keller
  8. Play Ball by John Feinstein
  9. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtury
  10. The President’s Club: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy

2014 Top 10 Reads

  1. Jesus: A Theography by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola
  2. Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  3. A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin
  4. Scripture and the Authority of God by N.T. Wright
  5. The Fire of the Word: Meeting God on Holy Ground by Chris Webb
  6. The Cave and the Light: Plato Versus Aristotle, and the Struggle for the Soul of Western Civilization by Arthur Herman
  7. Remarriage and Divorce in Today’s Church: Three Views, edited by Mark L. Strauss
  8. One Last Strike: Fifty Years in Baseball, Ten and Half Games Back, and One Final Championship Season by Tony La Russa with Rick Hummel
  9. Stories With Intent: A Comprehensive Guide to the Parables of Jesus by Klyne R. Snodgrass
  10. The Next 100 Million: America in 2050 by Joel Kotkin

2013 Top 10 Reads

  1. The Passage by Justin Cronin
  2. Discourses by Epictetus
  3. The Power of Appreciative Inquiry by Dianna Whitney and Amanda Trosten-Bloom
  4. The Baseball Codes by Jason Turbow and Michael Duda
  5. The Twelve by Justin Cronin
  6. Mighty Stories, Dangerous Rituals by Herbert Anderson and Edward Foley
  7. Spy the Lie by Phillip Houston, Michael Floyd, and Susan Carnicero
  8. Mike and Mike’s Rules for Sports and Life by Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic
  9. The Duck Commander Family by Willie and Korie Robertson
  10. Letters and Homilies for Hellenized Christians by Ben Witherington III

2012 Top 15 Reads

  1. The Drama of Scripture by Craig G. Bartholomew and Michael W. Goheen
  2. A Million Miles In A Thousand Years by Donald Miller
  3. Culture Making by Andy Crouch
  4. The Stand by Stephen King
  5. Dream Team by Jack McCallum
  6. I Am A Follower by Leonard Sweet
  7. Game Change by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin
  8. Being As Communion by John Zizoulas
  9. The Beginning and the End by Michael W. Pahl
  10. You Lost Me by Dave Kinnaman
  11. The Next Christians by Gabe Lyons
  12. Practicing the Way of Jesus by Mark Scandrette
  13. The Living Word of God by Ben Witherington III
  14. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  15. Sandy Koufax by Jane Leavy

2011 Top 15 Reads

  1. The Great Omission by Dallas Willard
  2. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  3. One.Life by Scot McKnight
  4. Kisses From Katie by Katie Davis
  5. Prophets by Abraham Joshua Heschel
  6. Decision Points by George W. Bush
  7. Strengths-Based Leadership by Tom Rath & Barry Conchie
  8. Living on the Black: Two Pitchers, Two Teams, One Season to Remember by John Feinstein
  9. The Tea Party Goes to Washington by Rand Paul
  10. How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer
  11. The Mentor Leader by Tony Dungy
  12. Resurrection: The Power of God for Christians and Jews by Kevin J. Madigan and Jon Levenson
  13. Managing Polarities in Congregations: Eight Keys for Thriving Faith Communities by Roy M. Oswald and Barry Johnson
  14. Practicing Gospel: Unconventional Thoughts on the Church’s Ministry by Edward Farley
  15. Cultivating Humanity: A Classical Defense of Reform in Liberal Education by Martha C. Nussbaum

2010 Top 15 Reads

  1. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  2. The Jesus Creed by Scot McKnight
  3. What Good is God? by Philip Yancey
  4. Poets Against the War, edited by Sam Hammill
  5. Practice Resurrection by Eugene Peterson
  6. The War for Late Night by Bill Carter
  7. After You Believe by N.T. Wright
  8. American Lion by Jon Meachem
  9. The Yankee Years by Tom Verducci & Joe Torre
  10. Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott
  11. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  12. Rediscovering Values by Jim Wallis
  13. The Pocket Guide to the Apocalypse by Jason Boyett
  14. Stories That Feed the Soul by Tony Campolo
  15. The Justice Project by Brian McLaren

2009 Top 10 Reads

  1. The Hole in our Gospel by Richard Stearns
  2. Jesus Wants to Save Christians by Rob Bell
  3. The Jesus Way by Eugene Peterson
  4. Walk On: The Spiritual Journey of U2 by Steve Stockman
  5. The Sermon on the Mount by Clarence Jordan
  6. Essential Judaism by George Robinson
  7. Searching for God Knows What by Donald Miller
  8. God Works by Randy Harris
  9. Founding Brothers by Joseph J. Ellis
  10. Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places by Eugene Peterson (re-read from 2008)

2008 Top 10 Reads

  1. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  2. Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright
  3. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  4. God in the White House: How Faith Shaped the Presidency from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush by Randall Balmer
  5. Red Letter Christians by Tony Campolo
  6. The Year of Living Biblically by A. J. Jacobs
  7. The Preacher King: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Word That Moved America by Richard Lischer
  8. Three Nights in August by Buzz Bissinger
  9. Living the Sermon on the Mount: A Practical Hope for Grace and Deliverance by Glen Stassen
  10. Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger by Ron Sider

2007 Top 10 Reads

  1. Theology for the Community of God by Stanley Grenz
  2. The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness by Simon Wiesenthal
  3. The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical by Shane Claiborne
  4. Renewing God’s People: A Concise History of Churches of Christ by Gary Holloway and Douglas Foster
  5. Preaching and the Literary Forms of the Bible by Thomas Long
  6. Leaving Church by Barbara Brown Taylor
  7. The End of Words: The Language of Reconciliation in a Culture of Violence by Richard Lischer
  8. Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero by David Maraniss
  9. Shepherds After My Own Heart by Timothy Laniak
  10. Like A Shepherd Lead Us: Guidance for the Gentle Art of Pastoring / Good Shepherds: More Guidance for the Gentle Art of Pastoring. Edited by David Fleer and Charles Siburt

2006 Top 10 Reads

  1. Mere Discipleship by Lee Camp
  2. Simply Christian by N. T. Wright
  3. The Shaping of Things to Come by Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch
  4. Fantasyland by Sam Walker
  5. Grace Based Parenting by Tim Kimmel
  6. The Last Days According to Jesus by R.C. Sproul
  7. Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  8. God’s Politics by Jim Wallis
  9. Trolls & Truth: 14 Realities About Today’s Church That We Don’t Want To See by Jimmy Dorrell
  10. The Witness of Preaching by Thomas Long

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