10. The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories by Christopher Booker – A great read for anyone who loves a good story. Not without flaws, but overall very enlightening. My 2018 reading list is populated by books Booker talks about.
9. God in the Dock by CS Lewis – I think I read a Lewis book or two each year. This is a gem, filled with essays that touch on subjects in his more popular books. If you’ve read a lot of Lewis some ideas here will be familiar, though it is fascinating to read them in different contexts.
8. The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation by Richard Rohr – A practical and thoughtful book on God as Trinity and the difference this makes.
7. I See Satan Fall Like Lightning by Rene Girard – I read this with some friends. I had read a lot about Girard, this was my first foray into his work. Definitely worth the time and extremely thought provoking.
6. Escape from Freedom by Erich Fromm – A bit of an older book, but absolutely fantastic. Fromm’s writing on freedom, authoritarianism and culture are as relevant today as ever.
5. The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt – Why are religion and politics so divisive? Why is it impossible to have a conversation with people? Haidt’s book is phenomenal.
4. What Hath God Wrought by Daniel Walker Howe – Fans of history must read this one, covering the time from 1815-1844 in American history.
3. Hearts in Atlantis/The Stand/Salem’s Lot/The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King – I read a lot of King this year and enjoyed much of it. Rather than rate them separate, they all get this spot together. So good and so entertaining.
2. How to Survive the Apocalypse by Robert Joustra – a fun analysis of pop culture in light of the work of Charles Taylor. Any book that discusses Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad and others with some depth is going to be fun.
1. Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren – This gets the top spot because it was so relevant, applicable and challenging. Unlike some books on this list, which appeal to a limited audience, I think any human could benefit from this one.