Podcast Episode 37: Our Favorite Books of 2021!

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Jen Pollock Michel hosts a freewheeling conversation with ERB Editor Chris Smith and ERB Podcast Producer Joel Wentz about their collective reading habits in 2021, how they identify books for “lists” like this, and of course, which titles rose to the top as their favorite reading experiences in 2021. A host of various ERB contributors also chime in with their favorite books of the year.

Books and Writing Mentioned:

If you’d like to order any of the following books, we encourage you to do so from Hearts and Minds Books (An independent bookstore in Dallastown, PA, run by Byron and Beth Borger) 

  • Means of Grace: A Year of Weekly Devotions by Fleming Rutledge
  • Lifting the Veil: Imagination and the Kingdom of God by Malcolm Guite
  • How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery by Clint Smith
  • The First Nations Version of the New Testament
  • The Congregation in a Secular Age: Keeping Sacred Time Against the Speed of Modern Life by Andrew Root
  • Joel’s Review of ‘The Congregation in a Secular Age’ for ERB
  • Subversive Witness: Scripture’s Call to Leverage Privilege by Dominique Dubois Gilliard
  • White Picket Fences: Turning Toward Love in a World Divided by Privilege by Amy Julia Becker
  • Becoming Friends of Time: Disability, Timefullness and Gentle Discipleship by John Swinton
  • On Immunity: An Inoculation by Eula Biss
  • Prayer in the Night: For Those Who Work or Watch or Weep by Tish Harrison Warren
  • Dear White Peacemakers: Dismantling Racism with Grit and Grace by Osheta Moore
  • The Last Graduate: A Novel by Naomi Novik
  • The Memory of Babel: Book Three of the Mirror Visitor Quartet by Christelle Dabos
  • Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became Gospel Truth by Beth Allison Barr
  • The Creationists: From Scientific Creationism to Intelligent Design by Ronald Numbers
  • One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America by Kevin Kruse
  • Was America Founded as a Christian Nation? by John Fea
  • Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation by Kristin Kobes Du Mez
  • Carved in Ebony: Lessons From the Black Women Who Shape Us by by Jasmine Holmes
  • The Hare With Amber Eyes: An Inheritance by Edmund De Waal
  • Letters to Camondo by Edmund De Waal
  • Last Best Hope: America in Crisis and Renewal by George Packer
  • Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger
  • Great Circle: A Novel by Maggie Shipstead
  • Light Perpetual: A Novel by Francis Spufford
  • Unapologetic: Why, Despite Everything, Christianity Can Still Make Surprising Emotional Sense by Francis Spufford
  • Leadership, God’s Agency and Disruptions: Confronting Modernity’s Wager by Mark Lau Branson and Alan Roxburgh
  • Shoutin’ in the Fire: An American Epistle by Dante Stewart
  • Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
  • I Am, I Am, I Am : Seventeen Brushes With Death by Maggie O’Farrell
  • A Year of Reading by John Wilson (For First Things Magazine)
  • The Hermits of Big Sur by Paula Huston
  • A Line of Driftwood: The Ada Blackjack Story by Diane Glancy
  • The Everlasting People: G.K. Chesterton and the First Nations by Matthew Milliner
  • Book Notes Newsletter (from Hearts and Minds Bookstore)

If you’d like to order any of the following books,
we encourage you to do so from 
Hearts and Minds Books
(An independent bookstore in Dallastown, PA, run by Byron and Beth Borger)

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