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Of all the books I read this year, these are my top 11. They may or may not be the best books, but they are the ones I enjoyed reading the most.

  1. Reformed Dogmatics (Volumes I & II) by Herman Bavinck - an outstandingly clear, historically aware, and thought-provokingly deep systematic theology. I’m looking forward to reading Volumes III and IV in 2013.
  2. Surprised By Oxford: A Memoir by Carolyn Weber - a delight to read.
  3. From the Garden to the City: The Redeeming and Corrupting Power of Technology by John Dyer - an eye-opening look at how technology changes us. Backed by strong knowledge of media ecology.
  4. Apologetics to the Glory of God: An Introduction by John Frame - The best concise introduction to Christian apologetics.
  5. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens - I can’t believe I waited so long to read this.
  6. The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God by Tim Keller - The best book on marriage out there. I dare you to find a better one.
  7. Kingdom through Covenant by Peter Gentry and Steven Wellum - a brilliant work of Biblical Theology.
  8. Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives by Richard Swenson - still working on applying it.
  9. How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels by N.T. Wright - I always enjoy reading Wright and this was no exception.
  10. Political Visions and Illusions: A Survey and Christian Critique of Contemporary Ideologies by David Koyzis - a penetrating analysis and critique of the prevalent ideologies including dismantling some of my own.
  11. Saving Leonardo: A Call to Resist the Secular Assault on Mind, Morals, and Meaning by Nancey Pearcey - carrying forward the torch of Francis Schaeffer, this is a must read.