Every December, I select the ten books that I most enjoyed reading during the year. Please note that I am not giving a blanket endorsement to everything in these books (after all, some of them contradict each other at points). I choose ten books a year based primarily on how much I enjoyed reading them. Here are my top ten picks for 2010.
#1. The God Who Is There: Finding Your Place in God’s Story – D.A. Carson
#2. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy – Eric Metaxas
“I can’t recommend this biography highly enough. It’s a gem…” See my full review here.
#3. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo (new translation by Julie Rose)
…Rose’s translation is like going from a black-and-white television to color… See several posts of “quotes to ponder” here.
#4. Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just – Tim Keller
“…breaks through the debate over social justice versus evangelism and moves us toward gospel-driven activism that embraces the implications of justification by faith.”
#5. The Great Theologians: A Brief Guide – Gerald McDermott
…Welch faked a conversion experience, got baptized, and spent two years at Thomas Road Baptist Church…She kept a detailed journal of her experience, which she has now turned into a book that chronicles her journey into evangelical America… See my full review here and my interview with Gina here.
“… a very helpful resource for thinking through the nature of Christian love and church leadership.” See my interview with Jonathan here.
#8. Original Sin: A Cultural History – Alan Jacobs
Who would have thought that a book on original sin would be so delightful? Jacobs makes a case for the unpopular doctrine by exploring the history surrounding its inception and development. See my full review here.
#9. The Confession – John Grisham A heavy-handed novel that preaches against capital punishment. Still, Grisham is at his best when he’s passionate, and this riveting story is my favorite of his books since A Time to Kill. I could not put it down.
#10. After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters – N.T. Wright