Here are some of the books (print and audio) I enjoyed in 2017! The usual qualifications apply: re-reads don’t count, these are not a ranked, and I tend to emphasize non-theological works because they provide me with a mental vacation.
- The Last Lion: Winston Churchill (Trilogy) – William Manchester
- SPQR – Mary Beard
- Christianity’s Dangerous Idea – Alistair McGrath
- Alexander Hamilton – Ron Chernow
- After We Believe – N.T. Wright
- Al Franken: Giant of the Senate – Al Franken
- American Ulysses – Ronald C. White
- The Vanishing American Adult – Ben Sasse
- Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu – Joshua Hammer
- Old Man’s War – John Scalzi
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Book Store by Robin Sloan (Who doesn’t love books about books?)
Time I wish I could have back:
- What is the Bible by Rob Bell (Bell has absented himself from a meaningful conversation with Christian thought and practice)
- SPQR – Beard is a master of Roman history, and it’s one of the rare books you finish wishing it were longer.
- Alexander Hamilton – Eh…the play was better
- Al Franken – In light of his current troubles, I imagine Franken wishes he could un-write this one…especially the part where he “praised” Roger Ailes for going two hours without sexually harassing anyone.
- American Ulysses – Looking past U.S. Grant’s stumbling political career and his military success, this book was, for me, a requiem for a society that mostly agreed on what good character was.