#92 MADDADDAM Trilogy by Margaret Atwood (My 100 Favorite Books)

When I read this series, I recall describing it to people as “dystopia for adults”.  I had recently read the Hunger Games and choked through Divergent (which is an awful series!).  Then I picked up Oryx and Crake and it is SO GOOD. The sequels, The Year of the Flood and Maddaddam, are equally brilliant. Continue reading “#92 MADDADDAM Trilogy by Margaret Atwood (My 100 Favorite Books)”

#93 – Good News About Injustice by Gary Haugen (My 100 Favorite Books)

As I write this, I realize there are a few books about human trafficking that could make the list.  Human trafficking, or modern-day slavery, is a horrific evil that has gained much publicity in the last decade.  There are numerous organizations working to bring traffickers to justice and care for survivors.  If you want toContinue reading “#93 – Good News About Injustice by Gary Haugen (My 100 Favorite Books)”

#94 – Mistborn Trilogy – Brandon Sanderson

At heart, I am a pretty nerdy guy.  I love Tolkien’s Middle Earth and Lewis’ Naria.  I enjoy telling people I read Game of Thrones before it was cool. A few months ago I read Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy.  Simply put, this is some great fantasy storytelling.  Sanderson has written many books and is stillContinue reading “#94 – Mistborn Trilogy – Brandon Sanderson”

#95 – The Next Christendom by Philip Jenkins (My 100 Favorite Books)

This book makes the list for being one of the first books I read that helped expand my understanding of the diversity and largeness of the Christian tradition.  Jenkins shows how Christianity has numerically exploded in the Global South since 1900.  He also shows, and goes into more depth in future books (which are alsoContinue reading “#95 – The Next Christendom by Philip Jenkins (My 100 Favorite Books)”

#96 – Unspoken Sermons by George MacDonald (My 100 Favorite Books)

Spoiler alert for my top ten books – both CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien will make an appearance.  But if you want to know who influenced them (and GK Chesterton), go back to the 1800s and meet George MacDonald.  MacDonald wrote some wonderful fantasy stories (The Princess and the Goblin, for one) that clearly pointContinue reading “#96 – Unspoken Sermons by George MacDonald (My 100 Favorite Books)”

#97 – The Jesus Storybook Bible (My 100 Favorite Books)

For the last few years, we have read through The Jesus Storybook Bible during Advent.  With 22 stories from the Old Testament, it is the perfect lead in to the birth of Jesus.  Further, it ties each individual story into the grand story of what God is doing in the world, culminating in the comingContinue reading “#97 – The Jesus Storybook Bible (My 100 Favorite Books)”

#98 – The Hole in Our Gospel by Rich Stearns (My 100 Favorite Books)

Gospel means good news.  Growing up, the good news was simply that Jesus has died on the cross so we can be forgiven and go to heaven when we die. Rich Stearns, president of World Vision, thinks there is much missing in this formulation. Stearns was a successful CEO when World Vision pursued him toContinue reading “#98 – The Hole in Our Gospel by Rich Stearns (My 100 Favorite Books)”

#99 – The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (My 100 Favorite Books)

Its a book about building a cathedral. Okay, so it doesn’t sound riveting at first.  But Ken Follett’s book, set in medieval England, is filled with interesting characters and much drama.  What I recall liking best is that the book avoided stereotypes – there are both good and evil churchmen, good and evil skeptics.  TheContinue reading “#99 – The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (My 100 Favorite Books)”

#100 – The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective by Richard Rohr (My 100 Favorite Books)

A few weeks ago I was invited to share pictures of seven books on Facebook, with no comment.  I love reading and had trouble picking just seven favorite books.  So I decided to spend the summer sharing my 100 favorite books.  I tried to roughly put them in some order, so my all-time favorites willContinue reading “#100 – The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective by Richard Rohr (My 100 Favorite Books)”