My ten most popular book reviews of 2010

I’ve reviewed more books than ever this year (but it is more than 10 I assure you!) – full list at the end of the month. I’m pleased that I’ve managed to keep up some decent amount of reading even with the arrival of Anna Grace in July, running a marathon in April and all the other stuff of life.

With that here are the 10 most popular reviews with brief comment.

  1. Risking the Truth by Martin Downes. Maybe it’s because I disagreed with a fair bit of it or engaged in dialogue with the author who responded on his blog. This wasn’t the best book I read but it was the most popular one I reviewed.
  2. Crazy Love by Francis Chan. This also wasn’t the best book I’ve read but it did make a profound impact on me. It challenged me afresh about the vibrancy of my walk with Jesus and my willingness to be obedient to Him whatever He asked. Recommended.
  3. Just Politics edited by Krish Kandiah. 2010 was general election year in the UK and this helpful guide proved both useful to me and clearly to others as we pondered who to vote for. Even though the election has passed this remains a useful intro in the murky world of politics.
  4. House Churches will they survive? by John Noble. This is a surprise entry at no.4, partly because this is an old book now (no longer in print) and the obvious answer is ‘yes’ and because it’s not a great book. It’s probably high because Dave Warnock took exception to it.
  5. Forgotten God by Francis Chan. The second Chan book and this time on the Holy Spirit. Helpful without really dealing with the controversial stuff. But the impact on me was much the same as with Crazy Love. I was challenged.
  6. Love is an Orientation by Andrew Marin. I thought this one would be higher to be honest. It’s raw, deals with a controversial topic for evangelicals (homosexuality) and puts a challenge to the church. It’s a must have for anyone engaging with this issue.
  7. Planting Churches Changing Communities by David Stroud. A very helpful book although some reservations about consumer church values.
  8. Business for the Glory of God by Wayne Grudem. This one is an intriguing entry because I reviewed it in 2008. The more I think about this the more I think Grudem is wrong on this one and his promotion of American capitalism (yes there are different sorts) is misguided.
  9. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. The only fiction book to make the list, this murder mystery is marred by sexual violence and a lead character I don’t care about.
  10. God’s Lavish Grace by Terry Virgo. I really should have given this a longer, fuller review. For it is an excellent book and is probably one of the best books I’ve read this year. Recommended.

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2 Thoughts to “My ten most popular book reviews of 2010”

  1. Thanks for the reviews Phil – they’ve been good – even when I’ve disagreed with you!

    Thanks also for being the first person to sponsor me for the marathon I am doing next year – you put your money where your mouth is.

    Hope you’re Swedish plans work out very well, and that you enjoy a TV free 2011!

    Happy Christmas

    1. It’s a pleasure Matt, happy to give to any friend especially one running a marathon!

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