My Year in Books (2020)

Hopefully you find a few to add to your list!


They’re wonderful and challenging and heart-wrenching and uplifting and engaging.

They keep me on my toes intellectually and spiritually.

They’re also my imaginative haven, my quiet rebellion.

Always a theological, economic, social, political, historical, cultural, scientific, or artistic breath of fresh air.


Even my own book project carries with it that wonderful, particular gift of books: discovering parts of yourself you never knew were there, while at the same time discovering the experiences of others that you never knew you connected with.


Despite how difficult 2020 has been, this year has been a rewarding year of books for me – heavily influencing my thoughts on our theological, cultural, and political present. Here is this year’s book list, with reviews in my Instagram Stories Highlights and in previous posts here on my website. Hope you find a few to add to your list!


The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Homosexuality, the Bible, and the Church by various authors

These Truths by Jill Lepore

The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert Iger

Why We’re Polarized by Ezra Klein

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow

The Four Pillars of Investing by William J. Bernstein

An Alpha-Read of Zach Roush’s book

The Stationary Shop by Marjan Kamali

Upheaval by Jared Diamond

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker

The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis

Leadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

The Universal Christ by Richard Rohr

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

God and the Pandemic by N.T. Wright

Caste by Isabel Wilkerson

The One and Only Bob by Katherine Applegate

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

The Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Heschel

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans

The Overstory by Richard Powers

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Love Wins by Rob Bell

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Soul of America by Jon Meacham

wishtree by Katherine Applegate

A Promised Land by Barack Obama

Prophecy Hope! by Danté Stewart

Waiting Here for You by Louie Giglio

Fierce, Free, and Full of Fire by Jen Hatmaker

Hidden Christmas by Timothy Keller

I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown


Hope you find a few to add to your list!

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