Thursday, December 31, 2020

Books I Read in 2020

Matt’s Books Completed* in 2020:

1. A Big Gospel in Small Places by Stephen Witmer [Most Affirming of 2020]
2. Recursion by Blake Crouch
3. Willful Behavior by Donna Leon
4. Plum Pie by P.G. Wodehouse
5. Sex, Dating, and Relationships by Gerald Hiestand and Jay Thomas
6. How Much Is a Girl Worth? by Rachael Denhollander [Most Haunting of 2020]
7. Confronting Christianity by Rebecca McLaughlin [Completed a second time with my small group from church. So good I wrote a Small Group Discussion Guide and posted it online.]
8. Not Saying Goodbye by Boris Akunin
9. Doctored Evidence by Donna Leon
10. The Memory of Old Jack by Wendell Berry
11. Single, Dating, Engaged, Married by Ben Stuart
12. Respect the Image by Timothy Shorey [A new friend! Interview here.]
13. Light from Distant Stars by Shawn Smucker
14. The Fool and the Heretic by Todd Charles Wood and Darrel R. Falk
15. Created to Draw Near by Edward Welch [Most Intriguing of 2020]
16. “He Descended to the Dead” by Matthew Emerson
17. Blood from a Stone by Donna Leon
18. Why Does God Care Who I Sleep With? by Sam Allberry [Most Accessible of 2020]
19. Remember Death by Matthew J. McCullough [Most Sobering of 2020]
20. Born Again This Way by Rachel Gilson [Most Counter-Cultural of 2020]
21. Younique by Will Mancini, Dave Rhodes, and Cory Hartman 
22. Relationslips by Jason Drapeau
23. Earthly Remains by Donna Leon
24. Where Is God in a Coronavirus World? by John Lennox
25. Coronavirus and Christ by John Piper
26. The Final Days of Jesus by Andreas Kostenberger & Justin Taylor
27. Matthew (IVPNTC) by Craig Keener
28. Matthew (EBC) by D.A. Carson
29. Matthew: All Authority in Heaven and Earth (PWC) by Douglas O’Donnell
30. Matthew (ZECNT) by Grant Osborne
31. Raven Black by Ann Cleeves
32. The Possibility of Prayer by John Starke
33. Beartown by Fredrik Backman
34. Theological Retrieval for Evangelicals by Gavin Ortlund [Read twice! Most Constructive of 2020]
35. Death to the Landlords by Ellis Peters
36. Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian
37. The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi by Kathie Lee Gifford and Jason Sobel
38. Gentle and Lowly by Dane Ortlund [Most Heart-Strengthening of 2020]
39. Post Captain by Patrick O’Brian
40. Loving Your Community by Stephen Viars
41. Suffer the Little Children by Donna Leon
42. Can Science Explain Everything? by John Lennox
43. Am I Just My Brain? by Sharon Dircx
44. H.M.S. Surprise by Patrick O’Brian
45. The Mauritius Command by Patrick O’Brian
46. Us Against You by Fredrik Backman
47. Unto Us a Son is Given by Donna Leon
48. A Small Book for the Anxious Heart by Edward Welch
49. City of Gold and Shadows by Ellis Peters
50. The Temptation of Forgiveness by Donna Leon
51. God In Himself by Steven Duby [Most Mind-Stretching of 2020]
52. Desolation Island by Patrick O’Brian
53. Philippians (BECNT, 2nd Edition) by Moises Silva
54. The Fortune of War by Patrick O’Brian
55. Basics for Believers by D.A. Carson
56. Retrieving Eternal Generation edited by Fred Sanders & Scott Swain
57. Why Is My Teenager Feeling Like This? by David Murray
58. The Surgeon’s Mate by Patrick O’Brian
59. Compassion & Conviction by Justin Giboney, Michael Wear, and Chris Butler [Most Hopeful of 2020]
60. The Ionian Mission by Patrick O’Brian
61. The Girl of His Dreams by Donna Leon
62. Free at Last? by Carl Ellis, Jr.
63. Jack by Marilynne Robinson
64. Treason’s Harbour by Patrick O’Brian
65. Before You Vote by David Platt
66. About Face by Donna Leon
67. The Great Brain by John D. Fitzgerald
68. No Day Wasted: The Adam Settle Story by Susan Stallings
69. The Far Side of the World by Patrick O’Brian
70. The Reverse of the Medal by Patrick O’Brian
71. The Letter of Marque by Patrick O’Brian
72. The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz
73. Reading While Black by Esau McCaulley
74. The Ascension of Christ by Patrick Schreiner
75. Is Jesus History? by John Dickson
76. The Gospel by Raymond C. Ortlund, Jr.
77. For the Love of God, Vol. 1 by D.A. Carson
78. Christian Standard Bible, Mc’Cheyene Bible Reading Plan


* As in previous years, these are books I finished reading (or had read to me in Audible) in 2020, not the ones I started or the ones I didn't get done. That list would be a LOT longer! I read a bunch of them for escapist fun, a few for/with my family, and a lot of them just to learn and grow. They aren't listed (perfectly) in the order I read them. Some of them I am reading for a second or third time (or more!).

As I say each and every year--I'm not endorsing these books just because they are listed here. Some of them are really good and some are really bad. Most are somewhere in between. Read with discernment.

Here's the article where I explain why I post these.

Lists from previous years: