Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Best Books of 2014: Think Black Friday and Christmas

This is a highly subjective list, and tips heavily towards theology and fiction, but nevertheless, it's the best stuff I read in 2014, and I recommend all of them as possible Christmas gifts:

Best Overall: Rowan Williams' Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer

Best Philosophy: Rosi Braidotti, The Posthuman

Best Book from Iowa and best Novel: Marilyn Robinson's Lila: A Novel

Best Collection of EssaysQu'ran in Conversation

Best History: Philip Jenkins, The Great and Holy War

Best Book by the Author of this Blog: Clint Schnekloth, Mediating Faith: Faith Formation in a Trans-media Era

Best cutting edge theology: Daniel Barber, On Diaspora: Christianity, Religion, and Secularity

Best Ministry Book: Paul Sparks and Tim Soerens, The New Parish: How Neighborhood Churches Are Transforming Mission, Discipleship, and Community

Best Social Sciences Resource: Jonathan Haidt, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Religion and Politics

Most Fun Philosophy/Theology: James K.A. Smith, How (Not) to be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor

Best Theology: Kendall Soulen, The Divine Name(s) and the Holy Trinity: Distinguishing the Voices

Best Theology of the Cross: Mitri Raheb, Faith in the Face of Empire: The Bible Through Palestinian Eyes

Best Historical Theology: D. Stephen Long, Saving Karl Barth: Hans Urs Von Balthasar's Preoccupation

Best Near Future, Luddite: Dave Eggers, The Circle

Best Anthology: Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Works, London, 1933-1935 (volume 13)

Best Far Future: William Gibson, The Peripheral

Best Near Future, Epidemic: Jon Scalzi, Lock In

Best Future, with a pastor as a space traveler
Michel Faber, The Book of Strange New Things

Best Co-Op Card Game: Sentinels of the Multiverse

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