Books I read in 2010

January 3, 2011 · 9 comments

Presented below is a full list of the books I read in 2010 as well as my “favorites” from several categories. Last year’s list can be found here. (Disclaimer: All book links in this post are Amazon affiliate links).

Favorite Fiction Book: Freedom by Jonathan Franzen. I read the majority of this book while on vacation in Florida, and it sort of messed me up. Although it’s written (I believe) with my parents’ generation in mind as the primary audience, the novel’s themes nevertheless burrowed into my psyche and have been sitting there since — I still don’t think I’ve fully digested it. Freedom also had some of the best prose writing I’ve read in a long, long time.

Favorite Non-Fiction Theology Book: This one’s a tie between The Reality of the Gospel and the Unreality of the Churches by Douglas John Hall (DJH) and The Promise of Despair by Andy Root. I don’t feel too bad about declaring a tie because much of Root’s book builds upon DJH’s work anyhow. Potentially interesting tidbit: I’m currently reading DJH’s The Cross In Our Context for a class I’m taking next week with Andy Root.

Favorite Non-Fiction Non-Theology Book: If I didn’t feel like it was cheating, I’d say Kenneth G. C. Newport’s comprehensive and engrossing academic study The Branch Davidians of Waco: The History and Beliefs of an Apocalyptic Sect was my favorite. But since that could be considered theological, I’ll have to say Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. I read The Omnivore’s Dilemma a couple years ago, and In Defense of Food was a good refresher of some previous ideas and chock full of interesting food industry practices and practical advice on eating well.

Favorite Essay: “Authority and American Usage” by David Foster Wallace from Consider the Lobster and Other Essays. The essay begins with the following paragraph:

Did you know that probing the seamy underbelly of U.S. lexicography reveals ideological strife and controversy and intrigue and nastiness and fervor on a nearly hanging-chad scale? For instance, did you know that some modern dictionaries are notoriously liberal and others notoriously conservative, and that certain conservative dictionaries were actually conceived and designed as corrective responses to the “corruption” and “permissiveness” of certain liberal dictionaries? That the oligarchic device of having a special “Distinguished Usage Panel … of outstanding professional speakers and writers” is an attempted compromise between the forces of egalitarianism and traditionalism in English, but that most linguistic liberals dismiss the Usage Panel as mere sham-populism? Did you know that U.S. lexicography even had a seamy underbelly?

My purchase of Garner’s Modern American Usage is directly tied to my reading of this essay.

Best Reference Book: Garner’s Modern American Usage by Bryan A Garner.

Favorite Footnote: #42 in “Authority and American Usage” by David Foster Wallace 1

Here’s the complete list:

  • The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton
  • Godric: A Novel by Frederick Buechner
  • The Hungering Dark by Frederick Buechner
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  • Reading in Communion by Stephen E. Fowl and L. Gregory Jones
  • Freedom: A Novel by Jonathan Franzen
  • The Pentateuch by Terrence Fretheim
  • The Reality of the Gospel and the Unreality of the Churches by Douglas John Hall
  • Tinkers by Paul Harding
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
  • Apparition & Late Fictions: A Novella and Stories by Thomas Lynch
  • Postmodernity by David Lyon
  • Proper Confidence: Faith, Doubt, and Certainty in Christian Discipleship by Lesslie Newbigin
  • The Branch Davidians of Waco: The History and Beliefs of an Apocalyptic Sect by Kenneth G. C. Newport
  • In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan
  • Absence of Mind: The Dispelling of Inwardness from the Modern Myth of the Self by Marilynne Robinson
  • The Promise of Despair: The Way of the Cross as the Way of the Church by Andy Root [My review of this book was published in American Theological Inquiry Volume 3, No. 2.]
  • The Death of “Why?”: The Decline of Questioning and the Future of Democracy by Andrea Batista Schlesinger
  • C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy by Jeff Sharlet
  • The Late Age of Print: Everyday Book Culture from Consumerism to Control by Ted Striphas
  • Oblivion: Stories by David Foster Wallace [I loved this quote.]
  • Consider the Lobster and Other Essays by David Foster Wallace
  • Whose Community? Which Interpretation?: Philosophical Hermeneutics for the Church by Merold Westphal
  • The Lord and His Prayer by N.T. Wright
  • Astute readers will notice that while I read all three books of Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy, I only listed the first two books of the Hunger Games Trilogy. Well, I’m about halfway through the third book right now, and I just didn’t feel right listing it with 2010′s books.

    So, what did YOU read?

    1. The footnote reads, in full: “To be honest, the example here has a special personal resonance for this reviewer because in real life I always seem to have a hard time winding up in conversation or asking somebody to leave, and sometimes the moment becomes so delicate and fraught with social complexity that I’ll get overwhelmed trying to sort out all the different possible ways of saying it and all the different implications of each option and will just sort of blank out and do it totally straight — ‘I want to terminate the conversation and not have you be in my apartment anymore’ — which evidently makes me look either as if I’m very rude and abrupt or as if I’m semi-autistic and have no sense of how to wind up a conversation gracefully. Somehow, in other words, my reducing the statement to its bare propositional content ‘sends a message’ that is itself scanned, sifted, interpreted, and judged by my auditor, who then sometimes never comes back. I’ve actually lost friends this way.” (Wallace, David Foster. Consider the Lobster and Other Essays. Boston: Back Bay Books, 2007. Print. 97.) []
    • http://anewkindofminister.blogspot.com Cody Stauffer

      These are the books I read in 2010:
      Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream by David Platt
      Dangerous Wonder: The Adventure of Childlike Faith by Mike Yaconelli
      Slaughterhouse Five, or, The Children’s Crusade: Duty Dance with Death by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
      Truth That Sticks: How to Communicate Velcro Truth in a Teflon World by Avery T. Willis, Jr. & Mark Snowden
      Everyday Sacred: A Woman’s Journey Home by Sue Bender
      Saint Maybe by Anne Tyler
      Your Secret Name: Discovering Who God Created You to Be by Kary Oberbrunner
      Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim’s Tale by Ian Morgan Cron
      More Ready Than You Realize: Evangelism as Dance in the Postmodern Matrix by Brian McLaren
      The Misunderstood God: The Lies Religion Tells Us about God by Darin Hufford
      The Boy Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews
      The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters by Andy Andrews
      Saint Francis by Robert West
      Great Parents, Lousy Lovers by Gary Smalley & Ted Cunningham
      Not Like Me: A Field Guide for Influencing a Diverse World by Eric Michael Bryant
      Towards a Theopoetic of the Cross by Jason Derr
      The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
      Candide by Voltaire
      Blindness by Jose Saramago
      The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
      Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
      If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit by Brenda Ueland
      Coffehouse Theology: Reflecting on God in Everyday Life by Ed Cyzewski
      The Facts behind the Helsinki Roccamatios by Yann Martel
      It’s Really All about God: Reflections of a Muslim Atheist Jewish Christian by Samir Selmanovic
      The Nature of Love: A Theology by Thomas Jay Oord
      City of God by E.L. Doctorow
      Colors of God: Conversations about Being the Church by Dave Phillips, Randall Peters, & Quentin Steen
      The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible by Sot McKnight
      The Road by Cormac McCarthy
      The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare by G.K. Chesterton
      Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux by John G. Neihardt
      Faster Than the Speed of Light: The Story of a Scientific Speculation by Joao Magueijo
      Mystically Wired: Exploring New Realms in Prayer by Ken Wilson
      Sacred Unions, Sacred Passions: Engaging the Mystery of Friendship between Men and Women by Dan Brennan
      The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
      A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
      Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer by Richard Rohr
      Everything is Illuminated by Jonathon Safran Foer
      Who Really Goes to Hell? The Gospel You’ve Never Heard: What a Protestant Bible Written by Jews Says about God’s Work Through Christ (A Book for Those in the Church and Those Offended By It) by David I. Rudel
      Philosophy and Theology by John D. Caputo
      When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold S. Kushner
      The Book of the Shepherd: the Story of One Simple Prayer and How it Changed the World by Joann Davis
      The Noticer by Andy Andrews
      When Helping Hurts: Alleviating Poverty Without Hurting the Poor… and Ourselves by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert
      Divine Nobodies: Shedding Religion to Find God (and the Unlikely People Who Help You) by Jim Palmer
      Deep River by Shusaku Endo
      Colossians Remixed: Subverting the Empire by Brian J. Walsh & Sylvia Keesmaat
      The Orthodox Heretic: And Other Impossible Tales by Peter Rollins
      How (Not) to Speak of God by Peter Rollins

      I did my top ten over on my blog: http://anewkindofminister.blogspot.com/2010/12/to

    • http://anewkindofminister.blogspot.com Cody Stauffer

      These are the books I read in 2010:
      Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream by David Platt
      Dangerous Wonder: The Adventure of Childlike Faith by Mike Yaconelli
      Slaughterhouse Five, or, The Children’s Crusade: Duty Dance with Death by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
      Truth That Sticks: How to Communicate Velcro Truth in a Teflon World by Avery T. Willis, Jr. & Mark Snowden
      Everyday Sacred: A Woman’s Journey Home by Sue Bender
      Saint Maybe by Anne Tyler
      Your Secret Name: Discovering Who God Created You to Be by Kary Oberbrunner
      Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim’s Tale by Ian Morgan Cron
      More Ready Than You Realize: Evangelism as Dance in the Postmodern Matrix by Brian McLaren
      The Misunderstood God: The Lies Religion Tells Us about God by Darin Hufford
      The Boy Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews
      The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters by Andy Andrews
      Saint Francis by Robert West
      Great Parents, Lousy Lovers by Gary Smalley & Ted Cunningham
      Not Like Me: A Field Guide for Influencing a Diverse World by Eric Michael Bryant
      Towards a Theopoetic of the Cross by Jason Derr
      The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
      Candide by Voltaire
      Blindness by Jose Saramago
      The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
      Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
      If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit by Brenda Ueland
      Coffehouse Theology: Reflecting on God in Everyday Life by Ed Cyzewski
      The Facts behind the Helsinki Roccamatios by Yann Martel
      It’s Really All about God: Reflections of a Muslim Atheist Jewish Christian by Samir Selmanovic
      The Nature of Love: A Theology by Thomas Jay Oord
      City of God by E.L. Doctorow
      Colors of God: Conversations about Being the Church by Dave Phillips, Randall Peters, & Quentin Steen
      The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible by Sot McKnight
      The Road by Cormac McCarthy
      The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare by G.K. Chesterton
      Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux by John G. Neihardt
      Faster Than the Speed of Light: The Story of a Scientific Speculation by Joao Magueijo
      Mystically Wired: Exploring New Realms in Prayer by Ken Wilson
      Sacred Unions, Sacred Passions: Engaging the Mystery of Friendship between Men and Women by Dan Brennan
      The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
      A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
      Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer by Richard Rohr
      Everything is Illuminated by Jonathon Safran Foer
      Who Really Goes to Hell? The Gospel You’ve Never Heard: What a Protestant Bible Written by Jews Says about God’s Work Through Christ (A Book for Those in the Church and Those Offended By It) by David I. Rudel
      Philosophy and Theology by John D. Caputo
      When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold S. Kushner
      The Book of the Shepherd: the Story of One Simple Prayer and How it Changed the World by Joann Davis
      The Noticer by Andy Andrews
      When Helping Hurts: Alleviating Poverty Without Hurting the Poor… and Ourselves by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert
      Divine Nobodies: Shedding Religion to Find God (and the Unlikely People Who Help You) by Jim Palmer
      Deep River by Shusaku Endo
      Colossians Remixed: Subverting the Empire by Brian J. Walsh & Sylvia Keesmaat
      The Orthodox Heretic: And Other Impossible Tales by Peter Rollins
      How (Not) to Speak of God by Peter Rollins

      I did my top ten over on my blog: http://anewkindofminister.blogspot.com/2010/12/to

    • http://anewkindofminister.blogspot.com Cody Stauffer

      These are the books I read in 2010:
      Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream by David Platt
      Dangerous Wonder: The Adventure of Childlike Faith by Mike Yaconelli
      Slaughterhouse Five, or, The Children’s Crusade: Duty Dance with Death by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
      Truth That Sticks: How to Communicate Velcro Truth in a Teflon World by Avery T. Willis, Jr. & Mark Snowden
      Everyday Sacred: A Woman’s Journey Home by Sue Bender
      Saint Maybe by Anne Tyler
      Your Secret Name: Discovering Who God Created You to Be by Kary Oberbrunner
      Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim’s Tale by Ian Morgan Cron
      More Ready Than You Realize: Evangelism as Dance in the Postmodern Matrix by Brian McLaren
      The Misunderstood God: The Lies Religion Tells Us about God by Darin Hufford
      The Boy Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews
      The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters by Andy Andrews
      Saint Francis by Robert West
      Great Parents, Lousy Lovers by Gary Smalley & Ted Cunningham
      Not Like Me: A Field Guide for Influencing a Diverse World by Eric Michael Bryant
      Towards a Theopoetic of the Cross by Jason Derr
      The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
      Candide by Voltaire
      Blindness by Jose Saramago
      The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
      Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
      If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit by Brenda Ueland
      Coffehouse Theology: Reflecting on God in Everyday Life by Ed Cyzewski
      The Facts behind the Helsinki Roccamatios by Yann Martel
      It’s Really All about God: Reflections of a Muslim Atheist Jewish Christian by Samir Selmanovic
      The Nature of Love: A Theology by Thomas Jay Oord
      City of God by E.L. Doctorow
      Colors of God: Conversations about Being the Church by Dave Phillips, Randall Peters, & Quentin Steen
      The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible by Sot McKnight
      The Road by Cormac McCarthy
      The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare by G.K. Chesterton
      Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux by John G. Neihardt
      Faster Than the Speed of Light: The Story of a Scientific Speculation by Joao Magueijo
      Mystically Wired: Exploring New Realms in Prayer by Ken Wilson
      Sacred Unions, Sacred Passions: Engaging the Mystery of Friendship between Men and Women by Dan Brennan
      The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
      A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
      Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer by Richard Rohr
      Everything is Illuminated by Jonathon Safran Foer
      Who Really Goes to Hell? The Gospel You’ve Never Heard: What a Protestant Bible Written by Jews Says about God’s Work Through Christ (A Book for Those in the Church and Those Offended By It) by David I. Rudel
      Philosophy and Theology by John D. Caputo
      When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold S. Kushner
      The Book of the Shepherd: the Story of One Simple Prayer and How it Changed the World by Joann Davis
      The Noticer by Andy Andrews
      When Helping Hurts: Alleviating Poverty Without Hurting the Poor… and Ourselves by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert
      Divine Nobodies: Shedding Religion to Find God (and the Unlikely People Who Help You) by Jim Palmer
      Deep River by Shusaku Endo
      Colossians Remixed: Subverting the Empire by Brian J. Walsh & Sylvia Keesmaat
      The Orthodox Heretic: And Other Impossible Tales by Peter Rollins
      How (Not) to Speak of God by Peter Rollins

      I did my top ten over on my blog: http://anewkindofminister.blogspot.com/2010/12/to

    • http://anewkindofminister.blogspot.com Cody Stauffer

      These are the books I read in 2010:
      Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream by David Platt
      Dangerous Wonder: The Adventure of Childlike Faith by Mike Yaconelli
      Slaughterhouse Five, or, The Children’s Crusade: Duty Dance with Death by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
      Truth That Sticks: How to Communicate Velcro Truth in a Teflon World by Avery T. Willis, Jr. & Mark Snowden
      Everyday Sacred: A Woman’s Journey Home by Sue Bender
      Saint Maybe by Anne Tyler
      Your Secret Name: Discovering Who God Created You to Be by Kary Oberbrunner
      Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim’s Tale by Ian Morgan Cron
      More Ready Than You Realize: Evangelism as Dance in the Postmodern Matrix by Brian McLaren
      The Misunderstood God: The Lies Religion Tells Us about God by Darin Hufford
      The Boy Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews
      The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters by Andy Andrews
      Saint Francis by Robert West
      Great Parents, Lousy Lovers by Gary Smalley & Ted Cunningham
      Not Like Me: A Field Guide for Influencing a Diverse World by Eric Michael Bryant
      Towards a Theopoetic of the Cross by Jason Derr
      The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
      Candide by Voltaire
      Blindness by Jose Saramago
      The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
      Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
      If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit by Brenda Ueland
      Coffehouse Theology: Reflecting on God in Everyday Life by Ed Cyzewski
      The Facts behind the Helsinki Roccamatios by Yann Martel
      It’s Really All about God: Reflections of a Muslim Atheist Jewish Christian by Samir Selmanovic
      The Nature of Love: A Theology by Thomas Jay Oord
      City of God by E.L. Doctorow
      Colors of God: Conversations about Being the Church by Dave Phillips, Randall Peters, & Quentin Steen
      The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible by Sot McKnight
      The Road by Cormac McCarthy
      The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare by G.K. Chesterton
      Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux by John G. Neihardt
      Faster Than the Speed of Light: The Story of a Scientific Speculation by Joao Magueijo
      Mystically Wired: Exploring New Realms in Prayer by Ken Wilson
      Sacred Unions, Sacred Passions: Engaging the Mystery of Friendship between Men and Women by Dan Brennan
      The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
      A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
      Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer by Richard Rohr
      Everything is Illuminated by Jonathon Safran Foer
      Who Really Goes to Hell? The Gospel You’ve Never Heard: What a Protestant Bible Written by Jews Says about God’s Work Through Christ (A Book for Those in the Church and Those Offended By It) by David I. Rudel
      Philosophy and Theology by John D. Caputo
      When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold S. Kushner
      The Book of the Shepherd: the Story of One Simple Prayer and How it Changed the World by Joann Davis
      The Noticer by Andy Andrews
      When Helping Hurts: Alleviating Poverty Without Hurting the Poor… and Ourselves by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert
      Divine Nobodies: Shedding Religion to Find God (and the Unlikely People Who Help You) by Jim Palmer
      Deep River by Shusaku Endo
      Colossians Remixed: Subverting the Empire by Brian J. Walsh & Sylvia Keesmaat
      The Orthodox Heretic: And Other Impossible Tales by Peter Rollins
      How (Not) to Speak of God by Peter Rollins

      I did my top ten over on my blog: http://anewkindofminister.blogspot.com/2010/12/to

    • http://anewkindofminister.blogspot.com Cody Stauffer

      These are the books I read in 2010:
      Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream by David Platt
      Dangerous Wonder: The Adventure of Childlike Faith by Mike Yaconelli
      Slaughterhouse Five, or, The Children’s Crusade: Duty Dance with Death by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
      Truth That Sticks: How to Communicate Velcro Truth in a Teflon World by Avery T. Willis, Jr. & Mark Snowden
      Everyday Sacred: A Woman’s Journey Home by Sue Bender
      Saint Maybe by Anne Tyler
      Your Secret Name: Discovering Who God Created You to Be by Kary Oberbrunner
      Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim’s Tale by Ian Morgan Cron
      More Ready Than You Realize: Evangelism as Dance in the Postmodern Matrix by Brian McLaren
      The Misunderstood God: The Lies Religion Tells Us about God by Darin Hufford
      The Boy Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews
      The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters by Andy Andrews
      Saint Francis by Robert West
      Great Parents, Lousy Lovers by Gary Smalley & Ted Cunningham
      Not Like Me: A Field Guide for Influencing a Diverse World by Eric Michael Bryant
      Towards a Theopoetic of the Cross by Jason Derr
      The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
      Candide by Voltaire
      Blindness by Jose Saramago
      The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
      Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
      If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit by Brenda Ueland
      Coffehouse Theology: Reflecting on God in Everyday Life by Ed Cyzewski
      The Facts behind the Helsinki Roccamatios by Yann Martel
      It’s Really All about God: Reflections of a Muslim Atheist Jewish Christian by Samir Selmanovic
      The Nature of Love: A Theology by Thomas Jay Oord
      City of God by E.L. Doctorow
      Colors of God: Conversations about Being the Church by Dave Phillips, Randall Peters, & Quentin Steen
      The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible by Sot McKnight
      The Road by Cormac McCarthy
      The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare by G.K. Chesterton
      Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux by John G. Neihardt
      Faster Than the Speed of Light: The Story of a Scientific Speculation by Joao Magueijo
      Mystically Wired: Exploring New Realms in Prayer by Ken Wilson
      Sacred Unions, Sacred Passions: Engaging the Mystery of Friendship between Men and Women by Dan Brennan
      The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
      A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
      Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer by Richard Rohr
      Everything is Illuminated by Jonathon Safran Foer
      Who Really Goes to Hell? The Gospel You’ve Never Heard: What a Protestant Bible Written by Jews Says about God’s Work Through Christ (A Book for Those in the Church and Those Offended By It) by David I. Rudel
      Philosophy and Theology by John D. Caputo
      When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold S. Kushner
      The Book of the Shepherd: the Story of One Simple Prayer and How it Changed the World by Joann Davis
      The Noticer by Andy Andrews
      When Helping Hurts: Alleviating Poverty Without Hurting the Poor… and Ourselves by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert
      Divine Nobodies: Shedding Religion to Find God (and the Unlikely People Who Help You) by Jim Palmer
      Deep River by Shusaku Endo
      Colossians Remixed: Subverting the Empire by Brian J. Walsh & Sylvia Keesmaat
      The Orthodox Heretic: And Other Impossible Tales by Peter Rollins
      How (Not) to Speak of God by Peter Rollins

      I did my top ten over on my blog: http://anewkindofminister.blogspot.com/2010/12/to

    • http://anewkindofminister.blogspot.com Cody Stauffer

      These are the books I read in 2010:
      Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream by David Platt
      Dangerous Wonder: The Adventure of Childlike Faith by Mike Yaconelli
      Slaughterhouse Five, or, The Children’s Crusade: Duty Dance with Death by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
      Truth That Sticks: How to Communicate Velcro Truth in a Teflon World by Avery T. Willis, Jr. & Mark Snowden
      Everyday Sacred: A Woman’s Journey Home by Sue Bender
      Saint Maybe by Anne Tyler
      Your Secret Name: Discovering Who God Created You to Be by Kary Oberbrunner
      Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim’s Tale by Ian Morgan Cron
      More Ready Than You Realize: Evangelism as Dance in the Postmodern Matrix by Brian McLaren
      The Misunderstood God: The Lies Religion Tells Us about God by Darin Hufford
      The Boy Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews
      The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters by Andy Andrews
      Saint Francis by Robert West
      Great Parents, Lousy Lovers by Gary Smalley & Ted Cunningham
      Not Like Me: A Field Guide for Influencing a Diverse World by Eric Michael Bryant
      Towards a Theopoetic of the Cross by Jason Derr
      The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
      Candide by Voltaire
      Blindness by Jose Saramago
      The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
      Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
      If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit by Brenda Ueland
      Coffehouse Theology: Reflecting on God in Everyday Life by Ed Cyzewski
      The Facts behind the Helsinki Roccamatios by Yann Martel
      It’s Really All about God: Reflections of a Muslim Atheist Jewish Christian by Samir Selmanovic
      The Nature of Love: A Theology by Thomas Jay Oord
      City of God by E.L. Doctorow
      Colors of God: Conversations about Being the Church by Dave Phillips, Randall Peters, & Quentin Steen
      The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible by Sot McKnight
      The Road by Cormac McCarthy
      The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare by G.K. Chesterton
      Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux by John G. Neihardt
      Faster Than the Speed of Light: The Story of a Scientific Speculation by Joao Magueijo
      Mystically Wired: Exploring New Realms in Prayer by Ken Wilson
      Sacred Unions, Sacred Passions: Engaging the Mystery of Friendship between Men and Women by Dan Brennan
      The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
      A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
      Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer by Richard Rohr
      Everything is Illuminated by Jonathon Safran Foer
      Who Really Goes to Hell? The Gospel You’ve Never Heard: What a Protestant Bible Written by Jews Says about God’s Work Through Christ (A Book for Those in the Church and Those Offended By It) by David I. Rudel
      Philosophy and Theology by John D. Caputo
      When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold S. Kushner
      The Book of the Shepherd: the Story of One Simple Prayer and How it Changed the World by Joann Davis
      The Noticer by Andy Andrews
      When Helping Hurts: Alleviating Poverty Without Hurting the Poor… and Ourselves by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert
      Divine Nobodies: Shedding Religion to Find God (and the Unlikely People Who Help You) by Jim Palmer
      Deep River by Shusaku Endo
      Colossians Remixed: Subverting the Empire by Brian J. Walsh & Sylvia Keesmaat
      The Orthodox Heretic: And Other Impossible Tales by Peter Rollins
      How (Not) to Speak of God by Peter Rollins

      I did my top ten over on my blog: http://anewkindofminister.blogspot.com/2010/12/to

    • http://www.jakebouma.com Jake Bouma

      Wow, thanks for that comprehensive list, Cody. Looks like there are some gems in there.

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