Top 11 Books Published in 2011

For the second year (last year’s list is available here) I offer my list of the “top 10 books published this year.”  Since this is 2011, I have expanded the list to include eleven titles.

Aboujaoude, Elias Virtually You: The Dangerous Powers of the E-Personality
Borg, Marcus Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning and Power – And How They Can Be Restored
Chaves, Mark American Religion: Contemporary Trends
Chittister, Joan Happiness
Kinnaman, David You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church . . . And Rethinking Faith
McKnight, Scot The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited
Peterson, Eugene The Pastor: A Memoir
Roxburgh, Alan J. Missional: Joining God in the Neighborhood
Rudin, James Christians & Jews – Faith to Faith: Tragic History, Promising Present, Fragile Future
Spong, John Shelby Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World
Van Gelder, Craig and Zscheile, Dwight J. The Missional Church in Perspective: Mapping Trends and Shaping the Conversation

Note: Only those books I reviewed here on were considered for inclusion on this list.

So What?

I provided an alphabetical list since a ranked list would be nearly impossible to craft.  In reviewing the authors on this year’s list and last, you will note that only Marcus Borg and Scot McKnight are present on both.  Finally, I offer the top two books insofar as their influence on my life of faith (again in alphabetical order):

  • American Religion: Contemporary Trends by Mark Chaves
  • You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church . . . And Rethinking Faith by David Kinnaman

What book or books have been most helpful to you on your journey of faith in 2011?


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