Top 20 Books I Read in 2010

Top 20 Books I Read in 2010 January 3, 2011

In 2010 I fully completed reading 41 books, totalling 10,575 pages. Those are both personal records!

Below are the Top 20 books I read this past year. My only qualification for this list is that I had to complete the entire book somewhere between January 1 and December 31, 2010. The book didn’t have to be published in 2010, I just had to read it in 2010. For this list I am excluding my book, Love is an Orientation, as well as the Bible, because I’m a tad biased towards each. 🙂

20. True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society by Farhad Manjoo

19. Counterfit Gods by Timothy Keller

18. Living it Out: Survival Guide to LGBTs in the Church by Rachel and Sarah Hagger-Holt

17. Pilgrimage of a Soul by Phileena Heuertz 

16. Swish: My Quest to Become the Gayest Person Ever by Joel Derfner   

15. Under the Dome by Stephen King    

14. The Next Christians by Gabe Lyons

13. Intimate with the Ultimate by Gerald & Chrissie Kelly    

12. The Future of an Illusion by Sigmund Freud

11. Surprised by Hope by NT Wright

10. Hear No Evil by Matthew Paul Turner

9. If You Have to Cry, Go Outside by Kelly Cutrone

8. Homosexuality and the Christian by Mark Yarhouse

7. Is God Still an Englishman? by Cole Moreton

6. REWORK by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

5. Moneyball (New Afterward) by Michael Lewis

4. Simplifying Innovation by Michael Dalton

3. Open Mind, Open Heart by Fr. Thomas Keating

2. Mere Churchianity by Michael Spencer

1. Friendship at the Margins by Chris Heuertz and C. Pohl

There it is!!!! Have any of you read any of these books? What are your thoughts? What was your favorite book you read in 2010?

And if I were to break this list down into ‘Best of…’ categories, here they are in alphabetical order:

Best Bridge Building Book: Friendship at the Margins by Heuertz and Pohl

Best Business Book: Simplifying Innovation by Michael Dalton

Best Christian Faith Book: Mere Churchianity by Spencer

Best Conservative Book on Sexuality: Homosexuality and the Christian by Yarhouse

Best Cultural Critique Book: The Future of an Illusion by Freud

Best Fiction Book: Under the Dome by King

Best ‘Non-Category’ Book: Hear No Evil by Turner

Best Non-Faith Based Books: Moneyball by Lewis and Swish by Derfner

Best Leadership Book: If You Have to Cry, Go Outside by Kelly Cutrone

Best Political Book: Is God Still an Englishman by Moreton

Best Prayer Book: Open Mind, Open Heart by Fr. Thomas Keating

Best Progressive Book on Sexuality: Living It Out by Hagger-Holt

Worst Book I Read in 2010: Art of War by Szu

Much love.

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  • Alaina

    Andrew, you need to read Wesley Hill’s *Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality* It’s such a stellar book… as well written as it is encouraging (for people who are gay and straight alike).

    • I actually have a copy, I just haven’t read it yet. It’s in my 2011 goals. I’m looking forward to it.

  • Mrs T

    Putting us to shame again! My excuse is that I’m reading so much data on facebook that I can’t read too many books. Those Sudoku puzzles also take some time. We would love some book reports on those LGBT topic books! Heheheheheeeeeee ((HUGS))!!!!!!!!

  • Brad Ketch

    Wow, I haven’t heard of some of these, but on my list they go.

    I am still in a deep dive in “The Cloud of Unknowing”. It was written in the 14th century. It’s about prayer. And if you told me that it was really written last week, I would totally believe you because it is that fresh and relevant.

    Love and blessings for 2011 . . .

    • That sounds fascinating…I’m going to have to get a copy of it. Funny enough about the ‘written last week’ thing – that’s exactly what I thought about Freud’s book too. Crazy how some messages are timeless.

  • What an honour to be included, thank you. It’s always a relief and a pleasure when someone reacts positively. If you want more, there’s always the blog at

    Best wishes for 2011,
    Cole Moreton

    • Thank you Cole! I loved your book. It was the most fascinating look into faith and British culture I’ve ever read! I actually got your book because of Wendy Beech Ward, who recommended it to me while I did a month long speaking tour in the UK last April. Thanks so much for your insights and critiques. Powerful stuff.

  • mpt

    Thank you, Andrew, for including me! It’s an honor!

    • Dude – how could your book not be on that list. I completely loved every word and story in it! I think I laughed out loud at least a dozen times. It was by far the most entertaining and personally engaging book I read all year.

  • Sam

    I have read and highly recommend “Friendship at the Margins”. The book discusses forming relationships people who might be considered “at the margins”.

    A fellow I know is a church “secret shopper”. Sometimes he dresses as a homeless person, a minority, or a moderately flaming gay man. As you might guess, he is often ignored and avoided in many churches he visits.

    In the past we have served as head greeters, not only greeting ourselves, but also in charge of lining up greeters in the churches where we attended. Our observation is that the churches who do not accept those at the margins (or as Jesus says “the least of these”) do not really accept us either. They only accept what we and everyone else (their little circle excluded) has to offer them – money and time.

    If I understand Jesus correctly, if we are not accepting “the least of these”, we also are not accepting Him, and He will not accept us on Judgment day.

  • Albert

    To others reading this, I also *highly* recommend:
    Open Mind, Open Heart by Fr. Thomas Keating

    I read it this past summer and loved it.

    A lot of Fr. Thomas’s teaching is based on “The Cloud of Unknowing” and is great for people looking to build a deeper relationship in listening.

  • I’m supposed to be doing a review on Michael Spencer’s book and I’m really struggling through it… believe in his work, but dannnng is he negative… trying to find a redemptive thread.

    btw – you forgot a bangin book for 2010 friend, “Love is an Orientation: Andrew Marin” 🙂 one of the best books I read all year !!

    • Jenny – I knew Michael well before he died, and he wanted this work to be a lasting impression for folks who are turned off by, or left the church, and could still understand that a Jesus-shaped spirituality is the center of what is ‘supposed’ to be. A hope that they can believe and become the reality of an active church moving forward into culture.

      And thanks for the love about my book!!! 🙂 So humbling…

  • Sarah C

    On your recommendation, I read “Mere Churchianity”. It really was thought provoking. I have subsequently recommended it to several folks who have been in the church for many years and struggling with these issues. I actually found the book hopeful, per @Jenny.

  • Andrew, what an awesome post! Love the recommendations! I happen to work with Christine Pohl and saw your recommendation for Friendship at the Margins so I knew I had to read it. She gave me a copy and it was life-transforming! Thanks for the recommendation! Probably the best book I’ve read all year too – and one I will be chewing on for years to come!

  • Yay really glad you liked Living It Out. And look at how so many of the other authors have posted too about how delighted they are to be on your list, it’s a prestigious thing!

    Will check out some of the other books, I haven’t read any of them yet!!

  • cathy

    Friendship at the Margins – I just stumbled on this book and am in the middle of reading it. So far I like how honest the writers are when describing the confusion and difficulty that can arise from these kind of friendships. The book both challenges me and at the same time encourages me. Thanks for your list – I have added some of those to my future reading list. p.s. I do most of my reading on a kindle and love it! I am never without it.