Saturday, December 31, 2011

Top 5 Books Read 2011

My goal is to read 40 books a year in addition to journals, articles, and commentaries. For 2011, here were my top 5. A hyperlink will take you to my earlier posts on the book.


The Death of Ivan Ilyitch, by Leo Tolstoy

Lord Jesus Christ: Devotion to Jesus in Earliest Christianity by Larry Hurtado. I blogged through my reading of this important book

Okay, one more: The Last Ring Bearer by Kirill Yeskov. The Lord of the Rings, as told by Mordor. Entertaining, but probably only for LOTR fans. I found out about the free book via Salon.

Here are the rest of the books read in 2011:

The Cruciality of the Cross by PT Forsythe

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Communicating for a Change by Andy Stanley

Home by Marilynne Robinson

King's Cross by Tim Keller. Here's the review I would have written.

Jesus: The only Way to God by John Piper (audiobook)

The Hidden Life of Prayer by David MacIntyre

Love Wins, by Rob Bell.  All posts about this most controversial of 2011 books here.

Veneer: Living Deeply in a Surface Society, by Timothy D. Willard and Jason Locy

With a Little Help by Cory Doctorow (audiobook)

A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole

A High Wind in Jamaica, by Richard Hughes

David: A Man of Passion & Destiny, Charles Swindoll

Acedia and Me, by Kathleen Norris audiobook)

Matterhorn: A Novel if the Vietnam War, by Karl Marlantes. WSJ: "The novel provides an emotional portrait of the Vietnam War, which has largely been written about from a political perspective. Mr. Marlantes puts you in the heads of scared young men walking blindly in column through head-high grass in terror of trip-wires and ambush by enemies fighting on their home turf, or hacking their way through impenetrable bush overwhelmed by fatigue, jungle rot, fear, sickness, tigers and leeches. You cannot but love the platoon and hate its commanders, who frequently send it into harm's way to achieve irrational objectives, without adequate provisions."

Leap Over A Wall, by Eugene Peterson

The Life of David, by Robert Pinsky

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Is God a Moral Monster? Making Sense of the Old Testament God by Paul Copan

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