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The Top 10 Books I Read in 2010

I’m getting close now to finishing my top 10 lists for 2010, or this this case top 11, since I have a tie for the 8th spot.  I know I’m a bit late, but I still want to complete them.  My last top 10 list will be the top ten cities I visited this past year.  When it comes to the list of my top ten books for 2010, while some of these books came out in 2010, a number of them did not.  I am not restricting my list to books that were released in 2010.  Also, the books in my top ten are books that struck a chord with me in some way or challenged my thinking or way of living in a helpful way. Just because a book makes my top ten list, doesn’t mean that I hold to everything it says, though most all of these books reflect what I believe. Many of these books I have reviewed at some point this past year, but not all of them. If I have reviewed them, I will link to my review of that book, which links to the book as well.  If I have yet to review them, I will link you directly to the book itself.  With that said, here are my top 10 reads from 2010.

1. Theology for the Community of God by Stanley Grenz – A rich theological work where the eschatological community of God is central. Probably the best one volume systematic theology book I’ve read.

2. The God of the Oppressed by James Cone – A fascinating and challenging read. It got me to think deeply about the poor, the oppressed, theology and the gospel.

3. Desiring the Kingdom by James K.A. Smith – At our core we are lovers more than thinkers, so we must learn to engage in liturgies that reshape our desires. Great read.

4. The Trinity and Society by Leonardo Boff – The social view of the Trinity, God as perfect community, should inform the way we live, approach church and life.

5. The Doctrine of God by Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen – A rich historical, biblical, philosophical and theological look at God throughout the history of the church.

6. Church Unique by Will Mancini One of the best and most practical approaches to mission and vision I have read.

7. Leadership on the Line by Heifetz and Linsky – They encourage us to put our life and ideas on the line, and help us to respond to leadership risks in healthy ways.

*8. Untamed by Alan and Deb Hirsch / One.Life by Scot McKnight – excellent books on discipleship for all of life.  Important books on a vital topic.

9. On Teaching and Learning by Jane Vella – If you want to know how to teach adults, you need to read this book. One of the best books on adult learning.

10. Taking Learning to Task by Jane Vella – Jane makes a compelling case for a third way of learning; its not teacher centered or learner centered, but learning centered.

*Signifies a tie.

So which book(s) where your best reads from last year?


8 Responses to The Top 10 Books I Read in 2010

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  2. Josh Rowley says:

    Just finished Smith’s Desiring the Kingdom–provocative and important reading.

    I also found Witherington’s Jesus and Money a helpful read–not so much because of what he has to say about stewardship, but because of his clear discussion of hermeneutics.

    If you had to recommend just one of the Vella books, which would it be?

  3. JR Woodward says:

    Josh,

    Thanks for mentioning Witherington’s book. In regard to Vella’s book, if you have not read any yet, I would suggest you start with On Teaching and Learning. Peace.

  4. johnchandler says:

    Great list JR — thanks. I’ve only read the Grenz book, so my wish list just grew.

  5. johnchandler says:

    You have Desiring the Kingdom for Kindle? I have the sample, so it was available at one point, but it isn’t anymore I guess.

  6. JR Woodward says:

    John,

    Your list has a lot of books on my wish list as well. I do have Desiring the Kingdom on the Kindle. Wow, I’m surprised its not available anymore. Good to know I got it while the getting was good. By the way, I wish I had time to do my top reads like you did with books covers and all. Peace.

  7. Worth Wheeler says:

    Great list JR, I’m adding a few to my reading list. Thanks! Can you tell me a little more about “On Teaching and Learning” (Jane Vella)?

  8. JR Woodward says:

    Worth,

    Hey man. Glad you found the list helpful. Did you happen to click on the title of “On Teaching and Learning”? I provided a proactive report of the book there through the link. If you have already read my report on the book, which includes an overview of the book and summary, was there a particular question that you had?

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