2021: A Year in Books

And here we are again—the end of another year, and the time to give an account of what I read over the last twelve months. 2021 was the most-read year of my adult life: 59 books—41 non-fiction and 18 fiction. I read so many good books this past year, that I am just going to put an * by the non-fiction books that I was either greatly helped by or that I would highly recommend (taking into account the season I was in this year was likely indicative of what I found to be immensely helpful), and ** by fiction books that I would likely read again someday (Mornings in Jenin was outside my usual choice of fiction books, but I learned so much about the Palestinian/Israeli conflict from it that it was a worthwhile read).


1. When Jesus Wept (Brock & Bodie Thoene)

2. My Dearest Dietrich (Amanda Barratt) **

3. Daughter of Cana (Angela Hunt)

4. Dear Mrs. Bird (AJ Pearce)

5. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)

6. On Magnolia Lane (Denise Hunter)

7. A New Song (Jan Karon)**

8. An Awakened Heart (Jody Hedlund)

9. Revival Season (Monica West)**

10. The Monster in the Hollows (Andrew Peterson)**

11. With Love, Wherever You Are (Dandi Daley Mackall)

12. Cloud Cuckoo Land (Anthony Doerr)

13. Take this Cup (Brock & Bodie Thoene)

14. Daughter of Silk (Linda Chaikin)

15. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)**

16. Anne of Avonlea (L.M. Montgomery)

17. Dusk’s Darkest Shores (Carolyn Miller)

18. Mornings in Jenin (Susan Abulhawa)**


1. Handle With Care (Lore Ferguson Wilbert)*

2. The Gospel-Driven Church (Jared Wilson)

3. Last Words (Robert Nash)

4. Beyond Authority and Submission (Rachel Green Miller)*

5. Talking Back to Purity Culture (Rachel Joy Welcher)*

6. Jesus and John Wayne (Kristin Kobes Du Mez)

7. Something’s Not Right (Wade Mullen)

8. A Gentle Answer (Scott Sauls)

9. Untangling Emotions (Alasdair Groves)*

10. Liturgy of the Ordinary (Tish Harrison Warren)*

11. The Relentless Elimination of Hurry (John Mark Comer)*

12. The Heart of Anger (Christopher Ash & Steve Midgley)*

13. Reading Between the Lines (Glen Scrivener)*

14. Prayer in the Night (Tish Harrison Warren)*

15. Abba’s Child (Brennan Manning)*

16. What Does the Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality? (Kevin DeYoung)

17. Simply Trinity (Matthew Barrett)*

18. That Sounds Fun (Annie F. Downs)

19. Confronting Injustice Without Compromising Truth (Thaddeus Williams)

20. All Creatures Great and Small (James Herriot)

21. Rediscovering Church (Collin Hanson & Jonathan Leeman)*

22. The Passion of the King of Glory (Russ Ramsey)

23. What God has to Say About our Bodies (Sam Allberry)*

24. Faithful Leaders (Rico Tice)*

25. Deep Discipleship (J.T. English)*

26. How Did I Get Here? (Christine Caine)*

27. Ruthless Trust (Brennan Manning)*

28. Hinge Moments (D. Michael Lindsay)*

29. A Long Obedience in the Same Direction (Eugene Peterson)*

30. A Resilient Life (Gordon MacDonald)*

31. Redeeming Heartache (Cathy Loerzel & Dan Allender)*

32. Love Me Anyway (Jared Wilson)*

33. This Beautiful Truth (Sarah Clarkson)*

34. When Breath Becomes Air (Paul Kalanithi)*

35. Surprised by Paradox (Jen Pollock Michael)

36. Redeeming Power: Understanding Authority and Abuse in the Church (Diane Langberg)*

37. The Diary of an Isle Royale School Teacher (Dorothy Simonson)

38. Five Dysfunctions of a Team (Patrick Lencioni)

39. Saints, Sufferers, and Sinners (Michael Emlet)*

40. Daring Greatly (Brene Brown)*

41. God of All Things (Andrew Wilson)*

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