Matthew’s Top Ten Books of 2017

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.
  1. The Last Lion: Winston Churchill (Trilogy) – William Manchester
  2. SPQR – Mary Beard
  3. Christianity’s Dangerous Idea – Alistair McGrath
  4. Alexander Hamilton – Ron Chernow
  5. After We Believe – N.T. Wright
  6. Al Franken: Giant of the Senate – Al Franken
  7. American Ulysses – Ronald C. White
  8. The Vanishing American Adult – Ben Sasse
  9. Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu – Joshua Hammer
  10. Old Man’s War – John Scalzi

Honorable Mention:

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)


  1. SPQR – Beard is a master of Roman history, and it’s one of the rare books you finish wishing it were longer.
  2. Alexander Hamilton – Eh…the play was better
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
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