Top Books 2009

Some delightful finds (and re-reads) of 2009:


Buechner, Frederick, Godric, 1980.

Calvino, Italo, Invisible Cities, 1974.

Desai, Kiran, Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard, 1998;
–– The Inheritance of Loss, 2006.

Hesse, Hermann, Narcissus and Goldmund, 1930.

Lewis, C. S., Out of the Silent Planet, 1938;
–– Perelandra, 1944;
–– That Hideous Strength, 1945.

MacDonald, George, At the Back of the North Wind, 1871;
–– The Princess and the Goblin, 1872.

Martel, Yann, Life of Pi, 2002.

Murdoch, Iris, The Sea, the Sea, 1978.

Young, William P., The Shack: Where tragedy confronts eternity, 2007.


Bryson, Bill, The Lost Continent: Travels in small town America, 1989.

Dillard, Annie, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, 1974;
–– The Writing Life, 1989;
–– For the Time Being, 1999.

Jacobs, A. J., The Year of Living Biblically: One man’s humble quest to follow the Bible as literally as possible, 2007.

Levi, Primo, The Periodic Table, 1975.

Matthiessen, Peter, The Snow Leopard, 1978.

Tufte, Edward, Envisioning Information, 1990.

Tutu, Desmond, No Future Without Forgiveness, 1999.

Wiesenthal, Simon, The Sunflower: On the possibilities and limits of forgiveness, 1969.


Bell, Rob, Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian faith, 2005.

Dawn, Marva, Keeping the Sabbath Wholly: Ceasing, resting, embracing, feasting, 1989.

Hauerwas, Stanley, The Peaceable Kingdom: A primer in Christian ethics, 1983.

Pinnock, C., Flame of Love: A theology of the Holy Spirit, 1996.

Plass, Adrian, Jesus: Safe, tender, extreme, 2006.

Tomlinson, Dave, The Post-Evangelical, 1995.

Wink, Walter, Jesus and Nonviolence: A third way, 2003.

Yancey, Philip, Prayer: Does it make any difference?, 2006.