Top Ten 2021 Reads: #3-1 – A Bit of Theology

Time to wrap up this top ten list. #3 - The Making of Biblical Womanhood by Beth Allison Barr Barr argues that Biblical womanhood is Christian patriarchy. As a medieval historians, she brings in all sorts of insights a different writer would not. That said, she does get into the usual scriptures to support patriarchy.…

2021 Top Ten Reads: #4 – It by Stephen King

I got into Stephen King late in life, which was mostly due to me not being a fan of horror. The only two King books I read as a teen were Eyes of the Dragon and Misery. The former is a fantasy story while the latter actually is horror, though the villain is a psycho…

2021 Top Ten Reads: $5 – Sergius Bulgakov

We go from fantasy novels to Russian orthodox theology. What can I say, I have a wide variety of tastes and interests. As I think on reading Bulgakov’s BIG trilogy this year - The Lamb of God, The Comforter, The Bride of the Lamb - I am reminded that I read too fast. I love…

2021 Top Ten Reads: #6 – Malazan Book of the Fallen

Okay, so I am cheating here. This is actually five books. But hey, its my list and I can do what I want. This year I began reading Malazan Book of the Fallen, a ten-book series by Steve Erikson. I was wanting to dig into a long fantasy series, and bonus points for one that…

My 2021 Top Ten Reads: #8 and #7 – Children’s Book and Justice Book

#8 - What is God Like by Rachel Held Evans and Matthew Paul Turner I’ve read hundreds of picture books in my years of being a parent, but rarely does a children’s picture book make my top ten list. Yet this one is beautifully illustrated and presents a wonderful image of who God is and…

My 2021 Top Ten Reads: #10 and #9: Church History and Spiritual Practice

#10 - The Patient Ferment of the Early Church by Alan Kreider This was a brilliant work on the mission, methods and mindset of the early church. There is so much we could and should learn today. Here is the big takeaway I got from the book: “The earliest church (100-300 AD) rather than having…