Cataclysmic’s Favorite Books of 2013

Here are some of our top reads from 2013:

Chad Chambers (@ChambersChad)

Favorite Book – T.F. Torrance, Incarnation – not just my favorite book of this year but my favorite book in many years. Hope to read Atonement soon.

Favorite New Book – E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien, Misreading Scripture With Western Eyes

Better the Second Time – Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner, The Spirit of Adoption

For the Fun of It – Stephen King, Doctor Sleep

Jessica Parks (@mrsjessparks)

Favorite Book – Michael J. Gorman, Cruciformity: Paul’s Narrative Spirituality of the Cross

Favorite New Book – T. Michael Law, When God Spoke Greek: The Septuagint and the Making of the Christian Bible

Favorite Patristic Writing – Melito of Sardis, On Pascha

Favorite OT Book – Ellen F. Davis, Getting Involved with God: Rediscovering the Old Testament

Mike Skinner (@mike_skinner)

Favorite Book – William C. Placher, Narratives of a Vulnerable God: Christ, Theology, and Scripture

Favorite Theological Book – Jeff McSwain, Movements of Grace: The Dynamic Christo-Realism of Barth, Bonhoeffer, and the Torrances

Favorite “Sermon-Fodder” Book – Lee C. Camp, Mere Discipleship: Radical Christianity in a Rebellious World

Favorite Patristic Writing – Cyril of Alexandria, On the Unity of Christ

Michelle Mikeska (@M_Mikeska)

Favorite Book – Ed. Dallas Lee, The Substance of Faith and other Cotton Patch Sermons by Clarence Jordan

Favorite Book on Revelation – Michael J. Gorman, Reading Revelation Responsibly: Uncivil Worship and Witness: Following the Lamb into New Creation

Favorite Book on Pedagogy – Ed. David S. Cunningham, To Teach, To Delight, and To Move: Theological Education in a Post-Christian World (Seeks to use rhetoric as a meaningful way to teach theology in a postmodern context)

Favorite NT Intro Book – Ben Witherington III, Invitation to the New Testament: First Things

What were your favorite reads of 2013?


Warp and Woof (Books Edition) – 11.30.2012

Tis the season…no not Christmas but when all the “best of 2012” lists start popping up. This edition of Warp and Woof is going to celebrate “books” by bringing together many such lists.

More importantly, the comment section is your place to offer your best book/s of 2012. Choose by category or offer that book that stood above the rest, you will see my picks at the end of the post.

(Editor’s Note: I do not include lists offered only as a slideshow on the webpage. I will continue to update this page as I see new lists, so please let me know what I have missed.)

Best Books of 2012

  1. Publishers Weekly – Assorted lists by category.
  2. NPR – Another set of lists by category, with more to come.
  3. Slate – Staff Picks
  4. Huffington Post – Editor’s Picks
  5. New York Times – Editor’s Picks
  6. Washington Post – Best of fiction, non-fiction and comic books (graphic novels)
  7. Amazon Best Sellers – This is just for comic relief. After reading all the lists of what we should read, look at what we are actually reading…Actually its not that funny, going to cry now.

Best Books of 2012 (Bible/Christianity)

  1. Biblical Foundations – Andrea Köstenberger offers top books in Biblical Studies.

My Top 6 Books of 2012  (Alphabetical)

  1. 11/22/63 – Stephen King
  2. Give them Grace – Elyse M. Fitzpatrick & Jessica Thompson
  3. Quiet – Susan Cain
  4. The Pastor – Eugene Peterson
  5. Prepositions and Theology in the Greek New Testament – Murray J. Harris
  6. The Storytelling Animal – Jonathan Gottshcall

And one more, an old book that I read for the first time this year…How to Read a Book – Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren. Everyone should read this book!

Alright, there is my list. Now give me yours…