10 Books from ’12

Looking at my reading plan for 2012, I didn’t quite keep up with the speed of finishing books that I had planned (27 instead of 36), but it was a good year with a variety of interesting books.  Here’s my “Top 10” in no particular order:


1. On Writing by Stephen King

I’m not a King fan as I’ve never read his fiction but I now know why he’s sold millions of books. This memoir was fascinating for those of us who desire to write.

2. Christ-Centered Worship by Bryan Chapell

This was both helpful theoretically and practically as we began weekly worship at New City IPC this autumn.

3. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

I both loved and hated Steve Jobs as I read this biography on one of the key men in our modern, technological lives.

4. King’s Cross by Tim Keller

Keller’s insight book on Jesus through the eyes of Mark is a must read for all.

5. Salvation Accomplished by the Son by Robert Peterson

Peterson’s encyclopedic tome on the person and work of Christ reminded me why I loved his class on Jesus 20 years ago at Covenant Seminary.

6. You Can’t Say That: Memoirs by Ken Livingstone

I didn’t always agree with his politics and when I did, I didn’t always agree with his methods, but it gave me great insight into the political workings of London.

7. Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip and Dan Heath

Change isn’t easy, but the Heath brothers give an insightful (and entertaining) read on how to bring change to our lives and organizations.

8. The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited by Scot McKnight

Have we reduced the gospel to “God’s getting a few souls to heaven?”  I think I’d agree with McKnight that this has been a problem for many, many years.

9. Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier by Edward Glaeser

I love cities and Glaeser gave me many more reasons to embrace that love.

10. Virtue Reborn by N. T. Wright

Wright’s insights into creating virtuous habits was eye opening.

I also enjoyed Ryle’s “Matthew: Expository Thoughts on the Gospels”, slowly working my way through Calvin’s Institutes and several commentaries on Ephesians.

No novels made my list this year which is disappointing as the few novels I read were not the greatest.   Do you know of any good novels which I should read in 2013?

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