the best of 2008: books

i’m planning on posting 7 “best of 2008” posts, on books, music, tv & movies, ministry moments, family stuff, blogs, and ysmarko posts. i only have two written so far, though, so time will see if i get them ready to go live daily, as i plan.

i read about 45 books in 2008 (give or take). scanning back over them, these are the ones that really stood out as exceptional books, imho. i read books in plenty of other categories (youth ministry, general fiction, general non-fiction), and enjoyed many of them. the links are to my reviews of the books.

young adult fiction
donorboy, by brendan halpin
feed, by m.t. anderson
Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature, by Robin Brande
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie

spiritual memoir
sin boldly, by cathleen falsani
my beautiful idol, by pete gall

the great emergence, by phyllis tickle
the blue parakeet, by scot mcknight
the new christians, by tony jones

general fun
the book of general ignorance, by John Mitchinson and John Lloyd

christian fiction
christ the lord: the road to cana, by anne rice
my name is russell fink, by michael snyder

next up: best blogs of 2008

11 thoughts on “the best of 2008: books”

  1. Thanks for the list!

    I’m a little surprised you didn’t mention any of these:
    A Christianity worth believing by Doug Paggitt
    Jesus for president by Shane Claiborne
    Soul graffiti by Mark Scandrette
    Surprised by hope by NT Wright

    But that’s just my 2 cents.

    Keep up the good work!


  2. Great list.

    And Russel Fink was great, but what about The Almost True Story of Ryan Fisher?! Same editor, but I think it’s an even better book.

    And I agree with meb for some N.T. Wright love on this list.

  3. jim — yeah, i read ryan fisher, and loved it. i almost included it on my list, but had to winnow a bit; and, personally, i liked russell fink a tiny bit better. both great books, though.

    i didn’t read any n.t. wright books this year!

    terrace — hey, 45 is close to 4/mo!

  4. @Marko – 4/mo is a bunch. It just seems like you have more reviews than that here. Hey, now that you have the kindle perhaps that’ll help you elevate that number next year huh?

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  6. The Great Emergence would definitely top my list if I had one! I saw (heard?) her speak at NYWC in Atlanta, and was totally captivated! The minute I saw her book at Borders, I picked it up–and didn’t put it down for weeks! Very insightful, and brought a lot more out than she did in her talk at NYWC.

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