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    « Reading Goals for 2013 | Main | Tim Keller on MSNBC »

    Books I've Read in 2012

    Another year, another load of books. In years past, I've released this list as a trickle, knowing that a deluge does not serve quite so well, especially on the web.

    But this is a list I wanted to share, and record for myself. My reading list is ever-growing, and I don't always get to read as much as I would like. But as this year drew to a close, I felt convicted, knowing that my selections could have been better, and that perhaps the volume of books I read would be better off reduced, with more time being spent on true gems, as well as on more books that have been with us for centuries rather than run in the last fifty years. I already have a list of books to read as I move in to 2013. Most are hefty academic works, or theological classics. Peppered among those tomes are classic works of fiction. I may read fewer books next year, but I anticipate the reward being far greater.

    As you peruse the titles below, you will find books denoted by an asterisk that I have reviewed at In bold are the books I greatly enjoyed, and would strongly recommend.

    Perhaps this list will inform your own reading; perhaps it is just a novelty, a peek in to the contents of my mind. If you have questions about any of the titles, just ask. If you enjoyed a particular book, please let me know, so we can discuss.

    Looking ahead to 2013, may your reading life be blessed.

    1. Jason King, Beyond the Phog: Untold Stories from Kansas Basketball's Most Dominant Decade
    2. Miroslav Volf, Public Faith, A: How Followers of Christ Should Serve the Common Good
    3. Peter Rollins, Insurrection: To Believe Is Human To Doubt, Divine
    4. Tullian Tchvidjian, Jesus + Nothing = Everything*
    5. Andreas Kostenberger, Excellence: The Character of God and the Pursuit of Scholarly Virtue*
    6. Yushi Nomura, Desert Wisdom: Sayings from the Desert Fathers
    7. Leighton Ford, The Attentive Life: Discerning God's Presence in All Things
    8. Janet Reitman, Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion
    9. David Bellos, Is That a Fish in Your Ear?: Translation and the Meaning of Everything
    10. James Davison Hunter, The Death of Character: Moral Education in an Age Without Good or Evil
    11. Alister McGrath, Mere Apologetics: How to Help Seekers and Skeptics Find Faith*
    12. Denys Turner, Julian of Norwich, Theologian
    13. Tea Obreht, The Tiger's Wife: A Novel
    14. Brent J. Bill and Beth Boorman, Awaken Your Senses: Exercises for Exploring the Wonder of God*
    15. Flannery O'Connor, Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose
    16. Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 (Vintage International)
    17. Brian Hardin, Passages: How Reading the Bible in a Year Will Change Everything for You*
    18. Michael Lewis, Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World
    19. Joan Didion, Blue Nights
    20. Madeline L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time: 50th Anniversary Commemorative Edition
    21. Christian Smith, Bible Made Impossible, The: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture
    22. George R. R. Martin, A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1)
    23. Jason Locy and Tim Willard, Veneer: Living Deeply in a Surface Society
    24. John Dickson, Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership*
    25. Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
    26. Gregory L. Jones and Celestin Musekura, Forgiving As We've Been Forgiven: Community Practices for Making Peace (Resources for Reconciliation)*
    27. Gordon MacKenzie, Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool's Guide to Surviving with Grace
    28. Gary Scott Smith, Heaven in the American Imagination
    29. John R. W. Stott, The Cross of Christ
    30. Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated)
    31. N. T. Wright, Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters
    32. Diana Butler Bass, Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening
    33. Steven W. Smith, The Jesus Life: Eight Ways to Recover Authentic Christianity*
    34. Pete Wilson, Empty Promises: The Truth About You, Your Desires, and the Lies You're Believing*
    35. Stephen Macchia, Crafting a Rule of Life: An Invitation to the Well-Ordered Way*
    36. Dinesh D'Souza, Godforsaken: Bad Things Happen. Is there a God who cares? Yes. Heres proof.
    37. Andrew Delbanco, The Abolitionist Imagination (The Alexis De Tocqueville Lectures on American Politics)
    38. Mark Driscoll and Grace Driscoll, Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship, and Life Together
    39. Ben Fountain, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk: A Novel
    40. Ross Douthat, Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics
    41. Jenny Lawson, Let's Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir)
    42. Stephen King, 11/22/63: A Novel
    43. Lynda Barry, What It Is
    44. Chris Kyle, American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History
    45. Bob Goff, Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World*
    46. Vernona Gomez, Lefty: An American Odyssey*
    47. Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow
    48. Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West
    49. Nick Hornby, How to Be Good
    50. Jeff Goin, Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into your Comfortable Life*
    51. Jonah Lehrer, Imagine: How Creativity Works
    52. Veronica Roth, Insurgent: Collector's Edition (Divergent)
    53. Jose Canseco, Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big
    54. J. Mark Bertrand, Back on Murder (A Roland March Mystery)
    55. Setphen Mansfield, The Mormonizing of America: How the Mormon Religion Became a Dominant Force in Politics, Entertainment, and Pop Culture*
    56. Richard Peace, Noticing God*
    57. Andrew Gumbel, Oklahoma City: What the Investigation Missed--and Why It Still Matters
    58. Seth Grahme-Smith, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
    59. George R. R. Martin, A Clash of Kings (HBO Tie-in Edition): A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Two
    60. Joe Loconte, The Searchers: A Quest for Faith in the Valley of Doubt
    61. Arnold Dallimore, George Whitefield: God's Anointed Servant in the Great Revival of the Eighteenth Century
    62. John Grisham, Calico Joe
    63. John Irving, The Cider House Rules: A Novel (Modern Library)
    64. Os Guinness, A Free People's Suicide: Sustainable Freedom and the American Future
    65. Dick J. Reavis, The Ashes of Waco: An Investigation
    66. Anonymous, Embracing Obscurity: Becoming Nothing in Light of God's Everything*
    67. Max Lucado, Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine*
    68. Kevin Barry, City of Bohane: A Novel
    69. John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany
    70. Michael Lewis, The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
    71. J. Mark Bertrand, Nothing to Hide (A Roland March Mystery)
    72. Henri Nouwen, The Wounded Healer: Ministry in Contemporary Society
    73. Dara Horn, The World to Come: A Novel
    74. Richard Lloyd Parry, People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo--and the Evil That Swallowed Her Up
    75. C. S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory*
    76. Timothy Keller, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work*
    77. J. R. R. Tolkein, The Hobbit
    78. Candia McWilliam, What to Look for in Winter: A Memoir in Blindness
    79. Charles Murray, Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010
    80. Shane Claiborne and Tony Campolo, Red Letter Revolution: What If Jesus Really Meant What He Said?
    81. Wendell Berry, Jayber Crow
    82. Ben Witherington, The Rest of Life: Rest, Play, Eating, Studying, Sex from a Kingdom Perspective

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