dwight’s top 10 books of 2011

Here’s my list for 2011 (have a listed a few books published last year that I didn’t get to until 2011) . . . no particular order:


1.  Loving to Know: Covenant Epistemology, by Esther L. Meek

2.  The Wisdom of Stability: Rooting Faith in a Mobile Culture, by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

3.  God and the Art of Happiness, by Ellen T. Charry

4.  Recovering the Commons: Democracy, Place, and Global Justice, by Herbert Reid & Betsy Taylor

5.  Christ the Key, by Kathryn Tanner

6.  The Pastor: A Memoir, by Eugene H. Peterson

7.  The End of Evangelicalism? Discerning a New Faithfulness for Mission: Towards an Evangelical Political Theology, by David E. Fitch

8. Practicing the Way of Jesus: Life Together in the Kingdom of Love, by Mark Scandrette

9. Migrations of the Holy: God, State, and the Political Meaning of the Church, by William T. Cavanaugh

10. Missional Spirituality: Embodying God’s Love from the Inside Out, by Roger Helland & Leonard Hjalmarson


Bonus Picks:
Where Mortals Dwell: A Christian View of Place for Today, by Craig G. Bartholomew
Insurrection: To Believe Is Human To Doubt, Divine, by Peter Rollins
A Public Faith: How Followers of Christ Should Serve the Common Good, by Miroslav Volf


2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006

Peace, dwight

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  1. Thanks for this list! I’ve only read one of the 10, so I hope to check out the others in 2012!

  2. I am not worthy 🙂 …. Blessed Advent bro.

  3. Dwight,
    I hope you will consider these two books that speak to some origins of early Christian Mission and how concepts such as Terra Nullis, Doctrine of Discovery, and Manifest Destiny were formed, planted, grew, and still exist.

    Remembering jamestown: Hard Questions About Christian Mission (2010)

    Richmond’s Unhealed History (2012).


  4. Hey Dwight. What about Hauerwas’ autobiography “Hannah’s Child?” Or was one memoir enough?

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  7. Yeh, I think I would trade my book for “Hannah’s Child.” TOO many good books! Glad to see Cavanaugh listed here though, I’m looking forward to the read!

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