Monday, December 31, 2012

Top Five Books Read 2012

My goal is to read 40 books a year in addition to journals, articles, and commentaries. For 2012, here were my top 5. If there's a hyperlink it will take you to my earlier posts on the book.


Decision Points, by George W. Bush


Bad Religion, by Ross Douthat


The Meaning of Marriage, by Tim and Kathy Keller


Jayber Crow, by Wendell Berry


Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883 by Simon Winchester


Here are the rest of the books read in 2012:

Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl: Wide-Eyed Wonder in God's Spoken World by Nathan D. Wilson


The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perrotta (audiobook)


A Place for Healing by Joni Earekson Tada (audiobook)


The Hammer of God, by Bo Giertz


Words From the Fire by Albert Mohler


Tempted and Tried, by Russell Moore


I Am Second: Real Stories, Changing Lives, by Dave Sterrett


The Prophecy of Isaiah: An Introduction and Commentary by J. Alec Motyer


Jerusalem: The Biography, by Simon Sebag Montefiore


Coffee Shop Conversations, by Dale and Jonalyn Fincher


Love Does, Bob Goff


Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World, Michael Hyatt


The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien (6th time through)


The Pastor by Eugene Peterson


Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton


Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything, Joshua Foer


Train Dreams by Denis Johnson


Losing Moses on the Freeway: The 10 Commandments in America by Chris Hedges. I got through most of it before deciding I could find more useful material to read.


The Gospel According to Isaiah 53, editors Darrell Bock and Mitch Glaser


The NIV Application Commentary: Isaiah, by John Oswalt


The three-book "Roland March Mystery" series by J. Mark Bertrand: Back on Murder, Pattern of Wounds, and Nothing to Hide


Christians Are Hate-Filled Hypocrites...and Other Lies You've Been Told: A Sociologist Shatters Myths From the Secular and Christian Media, by Bradley R.E. Wright


Amazing Grace: God's Pursuit, Our Response, by Timothy George


The Prague Cemetery, by Umberto Eco


Great by Choice by Jim Collins


The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien (2nd time through)


The Joy of Calvinism by Greg Forster


Center Church by Timothy Keller. I didn't write a review for this one, but recommend it for every church leader.


A Brief History of Thought by Luc Ferry


The Fever by Sonia Shah


They Call Him Giant Slayer: A Brief Political Biography of Marco Rubio by JA McClure


Through Painted Deserts: Light, God, and Beauty on the Open Road, by Donald Miller (audiobook)


God Is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (audiobook)


Previous years:

Books Read 2009

Books Read 2010

Books Read 2011


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