Here are the top five books from my 2017 reading:

  1. The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation (Rod Dreher) – started April 11, 2017; finished May 12, 2017
  2. Impossible People: Christian Courage and the Struggle for the Soul of Civilization (Os Guinness) – started March 17, 2017; finished March 27, 2017
  3. Eucharist and Church Fellowship in the First Four Centuries [reread] (Werner Elert) – started December 2016; finished December 26, 2017
  4. Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism (Timothy Keller) – started March 7, 2017; finished March 17, 2017
  5. The Meaning of Marriage (Timothy Keller) – started July 21, 2017; finished August 25, 2017

In 2017, I read 30 books, listed here in reverse chronological order of completion:

  1. Eucharist and Church Fellowship in the First Four Centuries [reread] (Werner Elert) – started December 2016; finished December 26, 2017
  2. Honor and Betrayal: The Untold Story of the Navy SEALs Who Captured the “Butcher of Fallujah”—and the Shameful Ordeal They Later Endured (Patrick Robinson) – started November 23, 2017; finished December 25, 2017
  3. Private (James Patterson) – started December 11, 2017; finished December 19, 2017
  4. Artemis (Andy Weir) – started November 30, 2017; finished December 11, 2017
  5. A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1) (George R.R. Martin) – started January 31, 2017; finished November 30, 2017
  6. You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit (James K.A. Smith) – started October 14, 2017; finished November 13, 2017
  7. Back Blast (Mark Greaney) – started July 29, 2016; finished November 2, 2017
  8. A Man of Means (P.G. Wodehouse) – started June 17, 2017; finished November 1, 2017
  9. Outlaw Platoon: Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan (Sean Parnell) – started October 5, 2017; finished October 19, 2017
  10. Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther (Roland Bainton) – started June 6, 2017; finished October 14, 2017
  11. Mormonism 101: Examining the Religion of the Latter-day Saints (Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson) – finished October 11, 2017
  12. Sex Scandal: The Drive to Abolish Male and Female (Ashley McGuire) – started July 16, 2017; finished October 5, 2017
  13. The Meaning of Marriage (Timothy Keller) – started July 21, 2017; finished August 25, 2017
  14. Fool’s Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion (Os Guinness) – started July 12, 2017; finished August 7, 2017
  15. A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918 (G.J. Meyer) – started December 2016; finished July 15, 2017
  16. Simply Christian (N.T. Wright) – started May 12, 2017; finished June 24, 2017
  17. Death at the Excelsior and Other Stories (P.G. Wodehouse) – finished June 17, 2017
  18. The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation (Rod Dreher) – started April 11, 2017; finished May 12, 2017
  19. Your Marriage by God’s Design (Scott and Julie Stiegemeyer) – finished April 12, 2017
  20. He Is Not Silent: Preaching in a Postmodern World (R. Albert Mohler) – started March 27, 2017; finished April 11, 2017
  21. Impossible People: Christian Courage and the Struggle for the Soul of Civilization (Os Guinness) – started March 17, 2017; finished March 27, 2017
  22. Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism (Tim Keller) – started March 7, 2017; finished March 17, 2017
  23. How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels (N.T. Wright) – started February 18, 2017; finished March 7, 2017
  24. Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel (Russell Moore) – started January 6, 2017; finished February 17, 2017
  25. The Children of Húrin (J.R.R. Tolkien) – started January 13, 2017; finished January 30, 2017
  26. God’s Song in a New Land (Carl Schalk) – finished January 20, 2017
  27. The Flame Bearer (Bernard Cornwell) – started December 2016; finished January 12, 2017
  28. The Pathway to Awesomeness: How to Get Things Done and Live a Productive Life (Mark Forster) – finished January 8, 2017
  29. God Is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas [reread] (Dietrich Bonhoeffer) –  started November 27, 2016; finished January 6, 2017
  30. The City of God (St. Augustine) – started April 20, 2016; finished January 6, 2017

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Did you read something great in the last year? Leave a recommendation in the comments!