Podcast Episode 71: Our Favorite Books of 2023

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The podcast crew (Jen Pollock Michel, Chris Smith, & Joel Wentz) is joined once again by Ashley Hales for our favorite topic: the books we enjoyed the most this year! ERB Contributors from 2023 also offer their suggestions throughout, so we cover a wide, wide range of titles. Enjoy this veritable feast of reading suggestions to keep you occupied until next year!

Books Mentioned in this Episode:

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) 

  • Remaking the World: How 1776 Created the Post-Christian West by Andrew Wilson
  • Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver
  • David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  • How to Stay Married: The Most Insane Love Story Ever Told by Harrison Scott Key
  • Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention – And How to Think Deeply Again by Johann Hari
  • All My Knotted-Up Life: A Memoir by Beth Moore
  • You Could Make this Place Beautiful: A Memoir by Maggie Smith
  • The Kingdom, The Power and the Glory: American Evangelicalism in an Age of Extremism by Tim Alberta
  • Disobedient Women: How a Small Group of Faithful Women Exposed Abuse, Brought Down Pastors, and Ignited an Evangelical Reckoning by Sarah Stankorb
  • Foster by Claire Keegan
  • These Walls are Starting to Glow (chapbook) by Karen Bjork Kubin
  • Box Office Gospel: Poems by Marissa Glover
  • The Church in an Age of Secular Mysticisms: Why Spiritualities Without God Fail to Transform Us by Andrew Root
  • The Other Evangelicals: A Story of Liberal, Black, Progressive, Feminist and Gay Christians – And the Movement That Pushed Them Out by Isaac Sharp
  • The Evangelical Imagination: How Stories, Images and Metaphors Created a Culture in Crisis by Karen Swallow Prior
  • Loving Disagreement: Fighting for Community Through the Fruit of the Spirit by Matt Mikalatos and Kathy Khang
  • Christian Poetry in America Since 1940: An Anthology edited by Micah Mattix and Sally Thomas
  • Rivermouth: A Chronicle of Language, Faith and Migration by Alejandro Oliva
  • Sanctuary and Subjectivity: Thinking Theologically about Whiteness and Sanctuary Movements by Michael Woolf
  • The Rise and Fall of Dispensationalism by Daniel Hummel
  • The Scandal of Leadership by J.R. Woodward
  • Joel’s Interview with JR Woodward
  • Zero at the Bone: Fifty Entries Against Despair by Christian Wiman
  • The Crosswicks Journals by Madeliene L’Engle
  • The Sayings and Stories of the Desert Fathers and Mothers (2 Volume Set) translated by Tim Vivian
  • Where God Happens: Discovering Christ in One Another by Rowan Williams
  • Christianity and Critical Race Theory: A Faithful and Constructive Conversation by Robert Chao Romero and Jeff Liou
  • Christ Among the Classes: The Rich, The Poor and the Mission of the Church by Al Tizon
  • Overcoming Apathy: Gospel Hope for those Who Struggle to Care by Uche Anizor

If you’d like to order any of the above 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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