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At Year’s End

2008 December 30
by Julie Clawson

So I’m spending the week at my parent’s place in Taos, NM. It’s gorgeous here, but kinda crazy keeping up with the kids in a new environment (not to mention the high altitude). So blogging is going to be slow.

But as the year ends, I thought I’d do one of those year end lists that seem so popular. I have a post up at the Emergent Village blog where I look forward to 2009, but here I want to look back at the books I read this past year. With the arrival of Aidan and the move to Texas, I didn’t read anywhere near as much as I normally do. And there’s a few books on this list that I read something like four times :). Of this list the ones I would most recommend would be Caputo’s What would Jesus Deconstruct and The Great Emergence by Phyllis Tickle.

So here’s my year in books 2008 –

Theology/Church
The Blue Parakeet by Scot McKnight
The Great Emergence by Phyllis Tickle
The Fidelity of Betrayal by Peter Rollins
Finding Our Way Again by Brian McLaren
Jesus: Made in America by Stephen J. Nichols
My Beautiful Idol by Peter Gall
The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs
Speaking of Faith by Krista Tippett
Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright
The New Christians by Tony Jones
Saving Women from the Church by Susan McLeod-Harrison

Looking for God by Nancy Ortberg
What Would Jesus Deconstruct? by John Caputo
Rising from the Ashes by Becky Garrison

Justice
Serve God, Save the Planet by Matthew Sleeth
Garbage Land by Elizabeth Royte
A Cafecito Story by Julia Alvarez
Slow Food Nation by Carlo Petrini

Parenting
Becoming the Parent You Want To Be by Laura Davis and Janis Keyser

History/Culture
Porn Nation by Michael Leahy
Books on Fire by Lucien X. Polastron

Fantasy/Mystery
Chalice by Robin McKinley
The Fire by Katherine Neville

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
New Moon by Stephanie Meyer
Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer
Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer
Kushiel’s Mercy by Jacqueline Carey
Sepulchre by Kate Mosse
Tangled Webs by Anne Bishop
Dragonhaven by Robin McKinley
Reader and Raelynx by Sharon Shinn

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  1. December 30, 2008

    Of course this doesn’t really include the scores of books you skimmed or read portions of for the research on your own book that you’ve been writing this whole past year.

  2. January 5, 2009

    julie, i keep hoping you’ll do a review of the great emergence for those of us who haven’t read it. any chance? :)

  3. January 14, 2009

    So … my daughter is reading the “Twilight” books and she both loves and loathes bella. she thinks bella is weak. but she feels what bella’s going through.
    so, my feminist sister – what’s the story?
    – daddy rick d

  4. January 14, 2009

    well first – has she read book 4? by the end of the series one sees that all the things painted as Bella’s weaknesses are in truth her greatest strengths. In the end she is the strongest and most powerful character in all the books while still being herself.

    I do admit – although Edward and Bella are romantically appealing, they are a little co-dependent.

  5. January 17, 2009

    A great list of books. I find it very helpful just to skim through what another is reading. Thanks for putting this together.

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