News, Reading Guides, VOLUME 12

(Some of) The Best Books of the 2010s… and 2020!!!

Our final magazine issue (to be released in early 2020) will feature some of the best books of the 2010s, roughly the same timespan as the life of the magazine…

As I am prepping for that issue, I pulled together the following list of our Books of the Year from our start in 2008 to the present…  If you are looking for an important and thought-provoking book to read over the holidays or in the new year, you might want to browse this list. 

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 communities 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!).

2017 Books of the Year

(2017 was an odd year. With the launch of our annual Advent Calendar, we didn’t pick one Book of the Year, but highlighted four best-in-category books)

*** Best Theology Book

Awaiting the King:
Reforming Public Theology
James K.A. Smith

WATCH a series of videos 
that introduce the book…


*** Best Christian
Faith-in-Practice Book

Keeping Place:
Reflections on the Meaning of Home

Jen Pollock Michel


*** Best Fiction Book

Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel 
Jesmyn Ward


*** Best NonFiction Book

The Evangelicals:
The Struggle to Shape America

Frances FitzGerald


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