Books Read in 2020

By now it’s a tradition: at the end of each year I post all the books that I finished reading during year.  Here are all the books I read in 2020. Some are brand spanking new books. Others are older books. This year’s total is…. *drumroll please*:

64 Books Read in 2020

So what was my favorite book this year?

The book that I was most enthralled by this year was actually delivered as one of the Gifford Lectures (2011). In The Territories of Science and Religion, Peter Harrison argues that the shift in conceiving of religio and scientia as virtues to seeing them as external practices (a shift that began to occur in the early modern period) is in part what has led to the–supposed–modern conflict we see today. Approaching the “conflict” in terms of virtue was a paradigm shift for me.


January

  1. Heresies and How to Avoid Them – Ben Quash and Michael Ward
  2. Children of God: The Imago Dei in John Calvin and His Context – Jason Van Vliet
  3. Authority – Jeff VanderMeer
  4. Acceptance – Jeff VanderMeer
  5. The Extent of Atonement: The Dilemma for Reformed Theology from Calvin to the Consensus – Michael Thomas

February

  1. The Liturgy of Creation – Michael LeFebvre
  2. Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God – J. I. Packer
  3. Born Again: The Evangelical Theology of Conversion in John Wesley and George Whitefield – Sean McGever
  4. Hearers and Doers – Kevin Vanhoozer

March

  1. Calvinism and the Amyraut Heresy – Brian Armstrong
  2. For Us and Our Salvation: Limited Atonement in the Bible, Doctrine, History, and Ministry – Lee Gatiss
  3. The Death Christ Died: A Case for Unlimited Atonement – Robert Lightner
  4. Living in Union with Christ: Paul’s Gospel and Christian Moral Identity – Grant Macaskill
  5. On Death – Timothy Keller

April

  1. Aliens in the Promised Land: Why Minority Leadership is Overlooked in White Christian Churches and Institutions – Anthony Bradley
  2. The Atonement and the Modern Mind – James Denny
  3. Definite Atonement – Gary Long
  4. Approaching the Atonement – Oliver Crisp
  5. Walking with the Poor: Principles and Practices of Transformational Development – Bryant Myers
  6. The Comanche Empire – Pekka Hämäläinen
  7. The Ten Commandments – Peter Leithart

May

  1. Insider Jesus: Reflections on New Christian Movements – William Dyrness
  2. Foolishness to the Greeks: The Gospel and Western Culture – Lesslie Newbigin
  3. Ethics: A Very Short Introduction – Simon Blackburn
  4. Logic: A Very Short Introduction – Graham Priest
  5. In My Place Condemned He Stood – J. I. Packer and Mark Dever

June

  1. The Possibility of Prayer – John Starke
  2. God and Guns in America – Michael Austin
  3. The History of Bourbon – Ken Alba

July

  1. Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory – Tod Bolsinger
  2. On the Road with Saint Augustine – James K.A. Smith
  3. A Grow-Up Guide to Dinosaurs – Ben Garrod

August

  1. The Atonement and the Death of Christ – William Lane Craig
  2. Baptists and the Christian Tradition – Matthew Emerson, Christopher Morgan, R. Lucas Stamps
  3. A Discourse Touching Prayer – John Bunyan
  4. Edward Irving Reconsidered – David Malcolm Bennett
  5. The Saint’s Privilege and Profit – John Bunyan
  6. The Breadth of Salvation – Tom Greggs

September

  1. How to Read Theology for All Its Worth – Karin Stetina
  2. The Story of God: How the Cosmos Declare the Glory of God – Paul Gould and Daniel Ray
  3. Surprise the World: Five Habits of Highly Missional People – Michael Frost
  4. The Work of Christ – P. T. Forsyth
  5. God’s Philosophers: How the Medieval World Laid the Foundations of Modern Science – James Hannam

October

  1. Alta California: From San Diego to San Francisco, a Journey on Foot to Rediscover the Golden State – Nick Neely
  2. The Soul of Prayer – P. T. Forsyth
  3. God’s Mediators: A Biblical Theology of Priesthood – Andrew Malone
  4. Divided We Fall: America’s Secession Threat and How to Restore Our Nation – David French
  5. Caffeine – Michael Pollan
  6. Science and the Good: The Tragic Quest for the Foundations of Morality – James Davison Hunter and Paul Nedelisky
  7. Before the Bear: The History and Legacy of California Before it Joined the United States – Charles River Editors
  8. Jesus Christ in the Preaching of Calvin and Schleiermacher – Dawn DeVries

November

  1. Territories of Science and Religion – Peter Harrison
  2. Toward a Theology of Nature – Wolfhart Pannenberg
  3. Before You Open Your Bible – Matt Smethurst
  4. I am Restored – Lecrae
  5. Trinity and Creation: A Scriptural and Confessional Account – Richard Barcellos

December

  1. Stewards of Eden: What Scripture Says about the Environment and why it Matters – Sandra Richter
  2. By Design: Developing a Philosophy of Education Informed by a Christian Worldview – Martha MacCullogh
  3. The Liturgy of the Ordinary – Tish Harrison Warren
  4. Creation and Doxology: The Beginning and End of God’s Good World – Gerald Hiestand and Todd Wilson
  5. Lost in Thought: The Hidden Pleasures of an Intellectual Life – Zena Hitz
  6. The Doctrine of Creation: A Constructive Kuyperian Approach – Bruce Ashford and Craig Bartholomew
  7. Journey into God’s Word – J. Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays
  8. On the Apostolic Preaching – Irenaeus

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