My Top 10 Books: 2013

Each year I try to track the books I read. In the “old days”, I just wrote the titles down in my paper journal but now I’ve posted them all on Shelfari.  I read 32 books in 2013 – a few more than 2012.  Then at the end of the year, I try to sort through my list and pick the books which stand out in my mind for various reasons.  Here’s my lists from 2012 and 2011 and 2010.

The top 10 for 2013 in no particular order:

1. Jesus and the Victory of God by N.T. Wright

An important book which sets the foundation for much of Wright’s popular writing in recent years.

2. Killing Bono by Neil McCormick

Fascinating inside view of U2 as well as the corrupting impact of idolatry upon the life of a man who didn’t succeed in the way Bono did.  Blog post inspired by this book is here.

3. Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles by Ricard Dowden

A country by country tour of the continent which helped me gain historical and cultural perspective on many countries I knew little about. Insightful and sobering.

4. The Pastor by Eugene Peterson

Peterson writes like a wise old grandfather telling his tale to his grandson.  My review is here.

5. The Mission of God’s People: A Biblical Theology of the Church’s Mission by Christopher J. H. Wright

Very helpful book in thinking about what the church is suppose to be doing.  You can read my review here.

6. Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lemott

This had me laughing and crying – I just didn’t want to stop reading.

7. The Letter to the Ephesians by Peter O’Brien

I read this while preaching through Ephesians at New City – helpful for my soul as well as my preaching.

8. Tribes by Seth Godin

Read this if you are trying to lead anything.  Review here.

9. The Gospel of Matthew by J.C. Ryle

The former bishop of Liverpool always has insights into whatever passage he’s diving into.

10. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Thought it was time to read this classic again before I watched the 2nd Hobbit movie by Peter Jackson.


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6 thoughts on “My Top 10 Books: 2013”

  1. Thanks for sharing Chris! I always love seeing what others read. This is especially amazing as I just read a stat that 80% of families in the U.S. did not purchase or read one book in the last year. Amazing! I read 36 books this year. Here are my top ten, which you can determine if it’s worth reading for 2014. If you have any questions about any of them, let me know:
    1) ReJesus by Michael Frost & Alan Hirsch
    2) At Home by Bill Bryson
    3) The Utter Relief of Holiness by John Eldredge
    4) The Billionaire’s Vinegar by Benjamin Wallace
    5) Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth
    6) The Prodigal God by Tim Keller
    7) Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
    8) Torn by Justin Lee
    9) Fully Alive by Larry Crabb
    10) Leviticus by Louis Goldberg

  2. Brad,
    80% read nothing! Not good at all. Thanks for your list – I’ve read Prodigal God which was a good one but I’ll have to look up some of the others for 2014.

  3. The book on Leviticus was written by a professor at Moody Bible Institute when I was in school there. Reading his book made Leviticus come alive for me. That’s amazing since it’s a book most people can’t bear to get through.

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