My Ten Favorite Reads of 2010

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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

…successfully accomplishes what some may think is impossible. He brings together narrative and propositional truth, systematic and biblical theology, academic exegesis and personal devotion… See my full review here.

#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

“There’s just enough biography here to get a good glimpse of the man, and just enough summary to give you a good overview of the theology.” See my full review here and my interview with Gerald here.

#6. In the Land of Believers: An Outsider’s Extraordinary Journey into the Heart of the Evangelical Church – Gina Welch

…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.

#7. The Church and the Surprising Offense of God’s Love: Reintroducing the Doctrines of Church Membership and Discipline Jonathan Leeman

“… 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

…a substantial work on Christian virtue destined to begin all sorts of conversations about Christian morality and behavior. See my full review here and my interview with Wright about the book here.

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