The PhxP Books Of The Year
My “book of the year was written by my “person of the year” and neither race was close.
This is the year we were introduced to Kate Bowler and I’m pleased to make her acquaintance through her writing and podcasts.
Her book “Everything Happens For a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved” was a theological and emotional game changer for me and the contrast to what we recently saw from Bethel.
Her follow up, “Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel” is a must read for understanding that movement.
I find Bowler to be painfully honest, yet winsome and engaging…I’m glad she’s here.
My runner up is neither winsome or engaging and may well be the the most obnoxious scholar in Christendom.
David Bentley Hart’s “That All Might Be Saved” was perhaps the most controversial book of the year because of its subject (universalism) and the “in your face” style of the author.
Still, it’s a book that I think all Christians should read and contend with… even if the authors narcissism makes it a tough read to parse.
Third place would go to Amy Collier Artman’s bio of Kathryn Kuhlman.
Finally, I’m working my way through “Inwardly Digest: The Prayer Book as Guide to a Spiritual Life” by Derek Olson to my profit.
I don’t read as many “new” books as I once did mainly due to time limitations and my continued studies of the Anglican divines.
I read Charles Bowden like you all read the bible…
What were your favorite books of 2019?