My top picks from the past year...
This year was a bit of a weird year for me around books. First off, since I’m doing an MA, I read a lot of a lot of good books...but more for research and didn’t finish them. So I thought I’d include my top 5 books that were good enough to actually go back and read (since I’m taking the next semester off!) Secondly, Since I am now chauffeuring M to school 3 days per week, we’ve been working through some audio books on the way. We started with some random free Audible books, but eventually decided to work our way through the Chronicles of Narnia. We have finished the first 4 books in the series so far.
Anyways, here are my lists…with a brief comment for each.
And since I don't really like top 10 lists...
11 Favourite Books Read in 2019
(Most recent first)
Talking to Strangers (Audio Version) by Malcom Gladwell
I've read nearly everything Gladwell has written, and even got to hear him speak in Dublin this year. The audio version of Talking to Strangers is he future of audiobooks. You don't just hear someone read the text, you are immersed in the story. I found it fascinating.
Becoming Dallas Willard: the Formation of a Philosopher, Teacher and Christ Follower, by Gary Moon
I know I'm not the only one to say this, but no one had a bigger influence on my walk with Jesus than Dallas Willard. It was great to learn more about him.
The Kindness of God, by David Smith
David is one of those guys that I hadn't heard of while living in the States...so much wisdom. Basically anything of his you pick up will be worth your time.
Homegrown: How the Red Sox built a Champion from the Ground Up, by Alex Speier
I needed a break from intense reading...and this was fun! Plus, I needed to get the taste of the 2019 season out of my mouth.
Digital Minimalism, by Cal Newport
I read it. Bought copies for my three older daughters. I need to read it again.
Soulful Spirituality: Becoming Fully Alive and Deeply Human - David Benner
Benner is one of those people that I read and just feel like there is such a depth to this person. I'll reread this one.
The Lost World of the Flood: Mythology, Theology, and the Deluge Debate, by Tremper Longman
The Lost World of Adam and Ever: Genesis 2-3 and the Human Origins Debate, by John Walton
I read the first book in this series while I was still in Ithaca. These were just as good. There is so much bad theology/mythology that people believe around this part of the bible...should be required reading.
No Home Like Place: A Christian Theology of Place, by Leonard Hjalmarson
I loved the topic, and the Bruce Cockburn references put it over the top for me.
Normal People, by Sally Rooney
This made Obama's list too:) Rooney is an Irish author and this book was such an emotional read.
The Unseen Realm, by Michael Heiser
The Divine Council. Wow.
4 Books from Reasearch that I will go back and read:
Raging With Compassion, by John Swinton
Swinton is another author I hadn't heard of until getting over here. It is a book about theodicy....It'll be one of my first reads in the new year.
Renaissance Nation, David McWilliams
Part of our role is understanding and engaging in Irish life and culture...anyone trying to do that while not reading everything McWilliams writes is missing out.
Global Ireland, Tom Inglis
A sociologist from Ireland details how Ireland has gone from a poor Catholic nation to one of the richest most global nations in the world.
Empty Pulpits, by Malachi O'Doherty
The book looks as the massive change in the religious landscape in Ireland over the past 40 years.
Here is my entire 2019 readling list if your interested.