Books I read in 2009

December 30, 2009 · 13 comments

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My library grows faster than my stack of completed books, a “problem” that I attempted to remedy once with the 30 pages per day project. I doubt I averaged 30 pages per day, but I knocked plenty of books off the list in 2009. Here they are:

  1. Watch For The Light: Readings For Advent And Christmas [I gave two of these away during Advent]
  2. Made in America: An Informal History of the English Language in the United States by Bill Bryson
  3. A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson [Photo]
  4. Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale by Frederick Buechner [Related blog post + photo]
  5. On Religion by John Caputo [Photo]
  6. Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God by Francis Chan
  7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  8. Transforming Christian Theology: For Church and Society by Philip Clayton
  9. The Sacredness of Questioning Everything by David Dark
  10. You Shall Know Our Velocity by Dave Eggers [Related blog post - "My least favorite work by Eggers"]
  11. Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
  12. St. Patrick of Ireland: A Biography by Philip Freeman
  13. You Can Write!: The Inside Scoop on Publishing Your Nonfiction Book by Sheryl Fullerton
  14. The Invention of Air: A Story of Science, Faith, Revolution, and the Birth of America by Steven Johnson [Related blog post - "Interesting but not incredible"]
  15. Downtown Owl: A Novel by Chuck Klosterman
  16. Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer
  17. Quantum : Einstein, Bohr and the Great Debate About the Nature of Reality by Manjit Kumar
  18. Theology and Culture: A Guide to the Discussion by D. Stephen Long
  19. Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found by Suketu Mehta [Photo]
  20. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life by Donald Miller
  21. Youth Ministry 3.0: A Manifesto of Where We’ve Been, Where We Are & Where We Need to Go by Mark Oestreicher
  22. Relationships Unfiltered: Help for Youth Workers, Volunteers, and Parents on Creating Authentic Relationships by Andrew Root [Related blog post + interview with the author]
  23. On Waiting by Harold Schweizer [Related blog posts one and two]
  24. John the Baptist in the Gospel Tradition by Walter Wink

I’m currently reading Frederich Buechner’s Godric, which I hope to finish before the year is out. I should also mention that I’m 130 pages into Ched Myers’ momentous Binding the Strong Man: A Political Reading of Mark’s Story of Jesus for a weekly personal study with @bmick. At ten pages/week, we should finish it before the end of 2010.1

  1. Pronounced “twenty ten”, FYI. []
  • http://www.whyismarko.com marko

    Dude, I’ve read 11 of your list, so we must have some similarly unique taste!

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/jakebouma Jake Bouma

      Similarly awesome taste. :)

  • John

    I'm reading You Shall Know Our Velocity by Eggers… I am stubbornly sticking with it. I am about 2/3 through. I've read What Is The What and was impressed with his writing. I am not so impressed with You Shall Know… I admire you for your ability to polish off books!

  • John

    I'm reading You Shall Know Our Velocity by Eggers… I am stubbornly sticking with it. I am about 2/3 through. I've read What Is The What and was impressed with his writing. I am not so impressed with You Shall Know… I admire you for your ability to polish off books!

  • Molly Flinkman

    A Million Miles in a Thousand Years was my FAVORITE book of 2009. And that's saying a lot, because I also read all the Harry Potters in 2009.

  • Molly Flinkman

    A Million Miles in a Thousand Years was my FAVORITE book of 2009. And that's saying a lot, because I also read all the Harry Potters in 2009.

  • Molly Flinkman

    A Million Miles in a Thousand Years was my FAVORITE book of 2009. And that's saying a lot, because I also read all the Harry Potters in 2009.

  • http://www.comingtolife.blogspot.com Mike Stavlund

    We're like twins separated at birth, yo. Bryson, Caputo, Eggers, Fullerton, and Krakauer? That's a little spooky. (Check out Krakauer's latest, too. It's lots better than Under the Banner.)

  • http://www.comingtolife.blogspot.com Mike Stavlund

    We're like twins separated at birth, yo. Bryson, Caputo, Eggers, Fullerton, and Krakauer? That's a little spooky. (Check out Krakauer's latest, too. It's lots better than Under the Banner.)

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/jakebouma Jake Bouma

    You say spooky, I say awesome.

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