Top 20 Books of 2011

As I have done each of the past few years (2009 and 2010), here is my list of the best books I read this calendar year. My only qualification for this list is that I had to complete the entire book somewhere between January 1 and December 31, 2011. The book didn’t have to be published in 2011, I just had to read it in 2011. For this list I am excluding my book, Love Is an Orientation, and my new DVD Curriculum, as well as the Bible, because I’m a tad biased towards each 🙂

This year I read 50 books, totaling 11,351 pages (those are both personal records)

With no further delay, here are the Top 20 Books I read this year (note that there are still a number of books that were published in 2011 that are on my to-read pile, and by no means am I fully read in the fields listed or beyond):

Best Christian Living Books

1. Love Without Agenda by Jimmy Spencer Jr.

2. The Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Heschel 

Best Culture Books

1. Night by Elie Wiesel

2. Lying by Sam Harris (ebook)

Best Political Books

1. There are Two Marriages by Tony Jones (ebook)

2. Decision Points by George W. Bush

Best Books on Homosexuality

1. Out of a Far Country by Christopher and Angela Yuan

2. Fall to Grace by Jay Bakker

Best Business Books

1. Poke the Box by Seth Godin

2. Spiritual Capital by Danah Zohar and Ian Marshall

Best Books on the Bible

1. Love Wins by Rob Bell

2. Junia is Not Alone by Scot Mcknight (ebook)

Honorary Mentions

The Radical Disciple by John Stott

The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich

A Rope and A Prayer by David Rohde and Kristen Mulvihill

The Parable of the Unexpected Guest by D.A. Zimmerman (booklet)

Choose Love Not Power by Tony Campolo

Bowling Alone by Robert Putnam

The Inner Voice of Love by Henri Nouwen

Earthen Vessels by Matthew Lee Anderson

What do you think of my list? Have you read any of these books? Did I leave any book out that you loved? And what books did you read that I should put on my list for 2012?

Much love.

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  • stephans

    wow, i haven’t read any of these books. i just bought mcknights book about junia, its only $2.99 on kindle right now. I wrote a few papers about her in seminary (chattanooga) they were not well received 🙂 i look fwd to his take, i assume its similar to richard bauckham’s, have you read his?

  • Thanks for the love! Your support for this message has been heart warming and encouraging for everyone involved with the creation of the book. 2012 is gonna be exciting 🙂