Wednesday, January 4, 2017

A Year in Books 2016

One of my earliest memories is sitting with my mom and older brother on his bed while he read out loud the iconic Dick and Jane primary reading books for homework.  One evening, when he hesitated over a word, I finished the sentence for him.  And then, the page.  Mom looked from three-year-old me to my five-year-old brother and reassured him, "She really isn't reading.  She just memorized the words."

Growing up, I can remember furtively reading in my room, on the playground, in the car, and sometimes under the covers. "You are going to ruin your eyes," even now I can hear Mom say.

Well, I am still ruining my eyes.

As requested and promised, here is my reading list for 2016 -- some books I savored, some I slogged through (once is enough), and some are favorites I come back to over and over again.

Best book of 2016?  The Faith of Christopher Hitchens by Larry Taunton, because it speaks profoundly of friendship.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (2015)

The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr (2015)

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout (2016)

Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls (2009)

The Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer (1948)

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (2005)

Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Gregory Boyle (2010)

An American Childhood by Annie Dillard (1987)

The Writing Life by Annie Dillard (1989)

The Taste of New Wine by Keith Miller (1965)

The Truth According To Us by Annie Barrows (2015)

Scary Close:  Dropping the Act and Finding True Intimacy by Donald Miller (2014)

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard (1974)

Home Tonight: Further Reflections on theParable of the Prodigal Son by Henri J. M. Nouwen (2009)

With Justice for All by John Perkins (1982)

Answering Jihad:  A Better Way Forward by Nabeel Qureshi  (2016)

TED Talks:  The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking by Chris Anderson (2016)

The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything you Own by Joshua Becker (2016)

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus:  A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity by Nabeel Qureshi (2014) 

The Inner Voice of Love:  A Journey Through Anguish to Freedom by Henri J. M. Nouwen (1996)

Moving Mountains:  Praying with Passion, Confidence and Authority by John Eldredge (2016)

The Faith of Christopher Hitchens:  The Restless Soul of the World’s Most Notorious Atheist by Larry Alex Taunton (2016)

Teaching a Stone to Talk: Expeditions and Encounters by Annie Dillard (1982)
Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance  (2016)
The Problem of Pain by C. S. Lewis (1940)
Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis (1942)
Jim the Boy by Tony Earley (2000)
Encounters with Chinese Writers by Annie Dillard (1984)
Guerrillas of Grace:  Prayers for the Battle by Ted Loder (1984)
Lying Awake by Mark Salzman (2000)
The Radical Disciple:  Some Neglected Aspects of Our Calling by John Stott (2010)
Humility:  The Journey Toward Holiness by Andrew Murray (1895)
In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership  by Henri J. M. Nouwen (1989)
Thirty Million Words:  Building a Child’s Brain; Tune in, Talk more, Take turns  by Dana Suskind MD  (2015)
What Now? By Ann Patchett (2008)
The Red Bandana:  A life. A choice. A legacy.  By Tom Rinaldi (2016)
A Timbered Choir:  The Sabbath Poems 1979-1997 by Wendell Berry (1998)
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (2014)
Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke (1934)
Saints in Politics:  The Clapham Sect and the Growth of Freedom by Ernest Marshall Howse (1952)
The Bible

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