My 2018 Book Awards!

Favorite ClassicMan’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. This one made my top ten list of all time and is absolutely a brilliant must read.

Favorite Spiritual ClassicNew Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton.  I also ended up making the list of my favorites of all time.  Tremendously challenging.

Favorite Enjoyable Book to Escape into the ImaginationThe Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson.  Sanderson is becoming one of my favorite writers, the true successor in epic fantasy to Tolkien and Robert Jordan.  His Way of Kings and Words of Radiance deserve honorable mention here.  Seriously, read some Sanderson!

Favorite Book That Relates to My Work  – iGen:Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy–and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood–and What That Means for the Rest of Us by Jean Twenge.  Millennials are old news.  Twenge’s book helped me put a finger on so many changes I’ve been seeing with college students.

Favorite Theology BookCrucifixion of the Warrior God by Greg Boyd.  This long book gave some of the best answers to questions I’ve been asking for decades, and humans have been asking for centuries.  Its not perfect, but Boyd’s argument makes sense and correctly funnels all our understandings of God through Jesus.

Favorite Theology Book Normal People Might Actually ReadA More Christlike God by Brad Jersak.  Boyd’s book is like 1400 pages long.  Jersak’s is a more readable 300 and touches on many of the same themes.  Its also the last book I read in 2018!

Favorite Book that I Think Everyone Should ReadJust Mercy by Bryan Stevenson.  Mass Incarceration is a tragedy and Stevenson’s book is both depressing and inspiring at the same time.  Please read it!

Favorite RereadDemons by Dostoyevsky.  When I read Demons the first time, I was lost.  It is definitely Dostoyevsky’s toughest book.  This time through, I found it absolutely enthralling in its madness.

Favorite History BookBlack Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning by Timothy Snyder.  I thought I knew about the Holocaust, but Snyder’s book showed me how much I did not know.  He cuts through some of what we get wrong to tell a compelling story.  Why did some countries, like Denmark, have so few victims of the Holocaust while others had so many?  Also, if we lived in Germany during such days, what would most of us have done?  This book is the best history in that it tells what happened while also challenging how you live today.

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