Favorite 12 books of 2012

These are 12 books I really, really liked this year. Enough to read again (if I haven’t already). And recommend to you to read. They weren’t all published in 2012, but floated to the top of my reading list in 2012.

Below those are a bonus dozen, because, honestly, choosing is so hard. Catch me another day and the list might have grown yet again.

The top 12:

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1. 52 Lies Heard in Church Every Sunday: and Why the Truth Is So Much Better by Steve McVey (copyright 2011) [my review]

2. By Grace Alone: How the Grace of God Amazes Me by Sinclair Ferguson (copyright 2010) [my review]

3. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain (copyright 2012) [my review]

4. The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible by Scot McKnight (copyright 2008)

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5. The Gospel of Yes: We May Have Missed the Most Important Thing about God by Mike Glenn (copyright 2012) [my review]

6. The Good and Beautiful God: Falling in Love with the God Jesus Knows by James Bryan Smith (copyright 2009)

7. Jesus + Nothing = Everything by Tullian Tchividjian (copyright 2011)

8. The Resignation of Eve: What If Adam’s Rib Is No Longer Willing to Be the Church’s Backbone? by Jim Henderson (copyright 2012) [my review]

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9. Hell: A Final Word by Edward Fudge (copyright 2012) [my review]

10. The Discipline of Grace: God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges (revised 2006) [my chapter summaries here]

11. Pain: The Gift Nobody Wants by Paul Brand (copyright 1999)

12. Renovation of the Heart: Putting on the Character of Christ by Dallas Willard (copyright 2002)

Plus 12 more (in no particular order):


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13. The Death of the Custodian: The Case of the Missing Tutor by W. Carl Ketcherside (copyright 1976)

14. Practicing Affirmation: God-Centered Praise of Those Who Are Not God by Sam Crabtree (copyright 2011)

15. Quit Going to Church by Bob Hostetler (copyright 2012) [my review]

16. The Transforming Power of the Gospel by Jerry Bridges (copyright 2011)

17. Divided We Unite: Practical Christian Unity by Ed Cyzewski (copyright 2012) [my review]

18. Red Like Blood: Confrontations with Grace by Joe Coffey and Bob Bevington (copyright 2011)

19. The Twisted Scriptures by W. Carl Ketcherside (copyright 1976)

20. Creating Space: The Case for Everyday Creativity by Ed Cyzewski (copyright 2012) [my review]

21. Evolving in Monkey Town: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask the Questions by Rachel Held Evans (copyright 2010)

22. Branded: Sharing Jesus with a Consumer Culture by Tim Sinclair (copyright 2011)

23. Lit: A Christian Guide to Reading Books by Tony Reinke (copyright 2011)

24. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (copyright 2011)

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Moving on to next year. What do you want to read in 2013?

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