For several years now I’ve been keeping a list of the books I’ve finished reading. After picking the Best 11 from ’11, I thought it would be good to dig out the list from 2010 to see which books have stuck with me.
As I think about what makes a good book, there are obvious answers such as the quality of the writing, the uniqueness of the ideas and the test of time. I think these books past those tests (at least some of them), but these books are also ones that I’m still thinking and, more importantly, talking about over a year after I have read them. When I looked over my list, these were the 10 books which continue to be on my mind and tongue.
1. The Problem of Pain by C.S.Lewis
2. Making the Metropolis: Creators of Victoria’s London by Stephen Halliday
3. You Can Change by Tim Chester
4. Deep Church by Jim Belcher
5. The Mission of God by Christopher Wright
6. Surprised by Grace by Tullian Tchividjian
7. A Certain Justice by P.D. James
8. How Soccer Explains the World by Franklin Foer
9. Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky
10 Justification by N.T. Wright