10 Best Reads From 2009

December 28, 2009

I don’t know how so many great books found their way to my doorstep, but I think this year in reading has certainly been one of the best I’ve ever had.  If you’re looking for some good reads, or you’re curious what I’ve been reading this last year, here are my top ten:

  1. Total Church by Steve Timmis and Tim Chester — In many ways this book started much of my journey in to ecclesiology this year (its kind of a theme for the list…:)).  This book, paired with superb training from the people over at Soma Communities, has spoken volumes to me of the church as a sign, a servant and a foretaste of God’s Kingdom on earth.
  2. The Open Secret by Lesslie Newbigin — Almost finished with this gem.  Newbigin is a prophetic voice on mission in this introduction (written in the late 1970’s) that many would benefit from reading.
  3. So Beautiful by Leonard Sweet — With so many conversations these days speaking to increasingly smaller niche markets, Sweet’s book has a pleasurable generality to it.
  4. Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller — A great exposition on storied living and a pleasure to journey with Miller into purposeful living
  5. Organic Church by Neil Cole — Though a little more tilted toward the house church form of church, Cole has some great insights.
  6. Organic Leadership by Neil Cole — Another great perspective from Cole, this time on leadership.  I’m anticipating the value of this book (and #6) will both rise as the Church continues to lose its assumed position of authority (where I believe the American church is heading and the European church has already gone)
  7. The Prodigal God by Tim Keller — An inspiring, thorough exposition of the Prodigal Son (or Compassionate Father more accurately).
  8. Missional Renaissance by Reggie McNeal — While McNeal doesn’t detail the destination so much, I found this book had some great perspective for the journey.
  9. The Mission of God by Christopher Wright — To be fair, I haven’t exactly read this one yet, but it is next on my list.  I think it has made it on the list because of both my anticipation and it’s reputation as perhaps THE biblical theology of mission in the Bible.
  10. Compromising Redemption by Fewell and Gunn and Anatomy of the Fourth Gospel by Alan Culpepper — Two commentaries tied for 10th place for their acuity and insight into their respective texts.

By and large, it has been a year of ecclesiology really, but what great resources! All of these books are available here through Amazon.com. Hope you get a chance to check them out!



2 Responses to “10 Best Reads From 2009”

  1. bradjenkins Says:

    The Mission of God will likely make it to #1 on your list for 2010!!! It was rock solid. And, I just finished a book you might enjoy…It’s called “The Unquenchable Flame” by Mike Reeves. You may have come across http://theologynetwork.org/ where Reeves rips it up with historical theology. Reeves book is on the Reformation and was superb! And easy read too. Thanks for putting out this list, it was fun to see books on there that are on my shelf as well. Did you know that Sailhamer came out with another???

    • joewulf Says:

      Thanks for the recommendation! I’ll check it out (theologynetwork.org looks pretty sweet too–thanks!).
      I know about Sailhamer’s newest and its on my wishlist. That guy is a genius! I think a friend got it for Christmas so I’m hoping to get some trickle down :). We’ll see.

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