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2010 Books

2010 December 31
by Julie Clawson

So once again I’m posting the lists of books I read this past year. This is more of a personal post to reflect back on where I’ve been, but maybe others can get a good recommendation or two out of it.

There were books I had to read and those I read for research that are on the list only because I read them. Some, like those by Dobson and Grudem, were painful reads, but served as needed reminders of how much hatred towards women still exists in the church. But the point of the list is the good recommendations. Hands down, the best fiction books I read this year (and in a long time) were Suzanne Collin’s The Hunger Games Trilogy. Intricately written, they explored the personal and social ramifications of bread and circuses entertainment. Violence and extravagant living always have a price and the books explore (through a fantastic story) the tale of those forced to pay that price. I highly recommend picking up the series and reading it immediately (it’s written for young adults so they are quick reads).

As for non-fiction, I covered a decent amount of territory this past year. I appreciated the postcolonial works I read (especially Chung Hyun Kyung’s Struggle to be the Sun Again) and want to continue to read such books in the upcoming year. My favorites from the year though would have to be Walter Brueggemann’s Out of Babylon and Wes Howard-Brook’s “Come Out My People!”: God’s Call Out of Empire and Beyond. Obviously both dealt with similar subjects – exploring the biblical texts as springboard for commentary for how the people of God should relate to living in empire today. Brueggemann’s text is short and inspiring. Howard-Brook’s text tackles the whole of scripture – becoming the biblical survey book I have always wanted to read. He pulls in not just biblical criticism, but theology, and history, and anthropology, and linguistics. It’s a book that doesn’t limit the Bible to one small lens (which always misses the forest for the trees), but attempts to read it as a holistic text that speaks truth to us today. I bought it for research purposes and ended up being unable to put it down (all 500+ pages of it). It is a great resource and an engaging read.

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  1. December 31, 2010

    I love all the end of the year lists…especially of the book variety.

    I just picked up Hunger Games after so much work of mouth about it…looking forward to jumping in.

  2. January 1, 2011

    It warmed my heart considerably to see you praise The Hunger Games! One of my favorite series in recent years. You’ve mentioned quite a few books here I want to read…thanks for taking the time to write this post.

  3. Rebecca permalink
    January 3, 2011

    Hi Julie,

    I recommend “Little Bee” by Chris Cleave. Although the book upset me greatly, I think it may be the “gospel” for our age.

    Thanks for writing!

    R.

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