Thursday, December 31, 2015

Top books of 2015

According to Goodreads, I read eight books this year that I rated 5 stars ("It was amazing"). Only two were fiction, and two were actually textbooks.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (C.S. Lewis): Finished in December. Read to Kate for the first time, but I think she was a little too young (four).

God Rest Ye Merry: Why Christmas Is the Foundation for Everything (Doug Wilson): Finished on Christmas Day. Excellent study on the importance of Christmas to all of life. Post on grief and narrative arc here. Fun video interview here.

Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God (Tim Keller): Finished in December, but read mostly in the summer. Keller's writing is very good, and he distills information from other sources well. Post on overstated Catholic criticism here.

The Norton Anthology of English Literature, The Major Authors: Finished in November. Used in my ENG 2301 class on British Literature. Introduction to the course here.

The Office of Assertion: An Art of Rhetoric for the Academic Essay (Scott F. Crider): Finished in October. Used in my ENG 1304 class on research and composition. Good study of classical rhetoric in connection with contemporary essay writing. Reference to Crider here.

The Supper of the Lamb: A Culinary Reflection (Robert Farrar Capon): Finished in October. Led an Honors Colloquium on this book at Baylor University. Post on paying attention here.

The Great Divorce (C.S. Lewis): Finished in August. First time reading it. Definitely worth reading again.

The Reformation Study Bible (R.C. Sproul, ed.): Finished in August. Started reading it in 2012 and read about two pages a day. This was the first time that I read a study Bible cover to cover, although I had read through the Bible a number of times before. This version was the older edition of The Reformation Study Bible, not the updated version. See lots of related posts here.

Gratitude: An Intellectual History (Peter Leithart): Finished in January. Leithart is great, although one common criticism is that sometimes his books sound like a collection of book reviews. But I enjoy his review of literature. Posts on soup tureens and Shakespeare and religion.

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