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Here is our list of 2016′s Englewood Honor Books, the 30 Best Books of the year for the life and flourishing of the Church.

Our criterion both for selecting books to review and for honoring the year’s best books is to choose books that are “for the life and flourishing of the Church” – i.e., books that energize us to be the local community of God’s people that God has called us to be and that nurture our mission of following in the way of God’s reconciliation of all things (in all its broadness!).

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Elsewhere [Vol. 3, #45]

December 10, 2010


Relevant Magazine’s Top 10 Books of 2010

[ We were honored to include a brief review here of Diana Balmori’s
A LANDSCAPE MANIFESTO.  Watch for our full review in two weeks… ]

Most publications, when they promise you a year-end Top 10 list, give you just 10 books. But here at RELEVANT, we’d like to think you’ve come to expect a bit more. We asked our friends over at the Burnside Writers Collective to help us compile the following list, which includes, um, 11 of the year’s best books, as well as four worthy honorable mentions. These are the books that thrilled, transported, challenged and inspired us. The books that broke our hearts and made us see the world in fresh ways. It was, all-in-all, a great year to be a book lover. Which is why we needed all 15 slots to accommodate our Top 10 list. Here they are, in no particular order:

Andy Whitman Reflects eloquently (as always)
on the 30th Anniversary of John Lennon’s Death

John Lennon died thirty years ago today. Howard Cosell broke into the Monday Night Football broadcast to announce Lennon’s assassination, and I broke in to my sleeping roommates’ bedrooms to tell them, and we all sat up for most of the night, watching on TV as the crowd which formed spontaneously around the Dakota Hotel sang “Give Peace a Chance.” We talked quietly among ourselves. Mostly I felt sick.

Read the full essay:


We’re really excited about our picks for the best books of 2008.

To read all about them:

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