25 Best Books from the First Half of 2014!

July 31, 2014 — Leave a comment


After perusing our print magazine and all the online reviews, etc. that we have published this year, here are our picks for the 25 best books from the first half of 2014, divided into four broad categories.

NOTE: Some of these books may have been released in late 2013, but weren’t covered by us until 2014.

ALSO, Watch for our list of 25 books to watch for in the latter half of 2014, coming tomorrow!


Fiction | General Non-Fiction | Poetry | Christian Theology/Praxis

Christian Theology/Praxis:

Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now
By Walter Brueggemann

We interviewed Walter about this book in our Lent print issue.

The New Parish: How Neighborhood Churches Are Transforming Mission, Discipleship and Community
By Dwight Friesen, Tim Soerens and Paul Sparks

Read our review by Maria Drews

Inventing Hell: Dante, the Bible and Eternal Torment
By Jon M. Sweeney
We interviewed Jon about this book in our Eastertide print issue.

The Church of Mercy: A Vision for the Church
By Pope Francis
Watch for our review coming online soon!

Teach Us to Want: Longing, Ambition and the Life of Faith
By Jen Pollock Michel

Review coming soon…

Planted: A Story of Creation, Calling, and Community
By Leah Kostamo

Read our review by Kurt Armstrong

No Irrelevant Jesus: On Jesus and the Church Today<   By Gerhard Lohfink
Reviewed in our Lent print issue.

God, Sexuality, and the Self: An Essay ‘On the Trinity’
By Sarah Coakley
Read our review by Joshua Brockway

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How many of these 25 Best Books have you read?