Books I Read in 2012

A decent year for reading, didn’t finish as strong as I had hoped, but I was busy writing!

Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
Looking for Alaska by John Green
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
Compassion, Justice & the Christian Life by Bob Lupton
Stuart Little by E.B. White
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

How Children Raise Parents by Dan Allender
Leaving Egypt by Chuck DeGroat
The Fault in our Stars by John Green
The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller
Wonder by R.J. Palacio

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The Starboard Sea by Amber Dermont
The Triumph of the City by Edward Glaeser
The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
The Exact Place by Margie Haack
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis
Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters & Seymour: An Introduction by J.D. Salinger
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
Jesus + Nothing = Everything by Tullian Tchividjian
Rabbit, Run by John Updike
Salvage the Bones by Jessmyn Ward
Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh
A Curtain of Green & Other Stories by Eudora Welty
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
Breath by Tim Winton
Mike and Psmith by P.G. Wodehouse
Creation Regained by Albert Wolters
How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr
Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr

Gold by Chris Cleave
The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes
How to Talk to Your Child About Sex by Linda and Richard Eyre
Give Them Grace by Elyse Fitzpatrick
The Seven Laws of Teaching by John Milton Gregory
The Circle of Seasons by Kimberlee Ireton
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas
We Sinners by Hanna Pylväinen
The God of the Mundane by Matt Redmond
Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth Speare
Small Things with Great Love by Margot Starbuck
All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
Glorius Ruin by Tullian Tchividjian
The Shaping of a Life by Phyllis Tickle
Surprised by Oxford by Carolyn Weber
The Underdog by Markus Zusak

Most Talkative by Andy Cohen
Love Does by Bob Goff
Every Day by David Levithan
Hippie Boy by Ingrid Ricks

One response to “Books I Read in 2012

  1. I love Lewis’s The Abolition of Man and Wodehouse’s Mike and Psmith (although I’ve really only read the second half, which was re-issued as Enter Psmith). Then again, I love just about everything I’ve read from Wodehouse and Lewis.

    For me, the two most important books I read in 2012 are Darrell Johnson’s Discipleship on the Edge: an Expository Journey through the Book of Revelation and Karen Swallow Prior’s Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me.

    Johnson is a gifted communicator (I’ve heard him speak at conferences and listened to classroom audios too) and it comes across in his writing. He is very scholarly, as might be expected from someone who was on faculty at Regent in Vancouver, but also quite pastoral (which makes sense since he’s pastored a few churches). He brings sound scripture hermeneutics to bear, with insights from the history, politics, culture, religions, geography and geology of the times and places John wrote about in revelation. This work makes sense of a part of the Bible most people (including me) have been confounded by.

    Prior’s literary memoir is one of the most compelling reads I’ve come across. She speaks of the impact that several great works (some familiar, some not so much) have had on her life. Yet it’s not only a literary memoir, but also a spiritual journey. This literature has truly affected her spiritual formation, as she discovered the Holy Spirit using it all to guide her in her relationship with God. It’s a testament to her superb writing that even the works I was unfamiliar with came alive as she spoke of their affect on her life. It’s like they were affecting mine as well.


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