Favorite Books of 2013: Non-Fiction – Faith

Although not my most productive reading year ever, I did manage to read over 100 books in 2013!  I track my reading on Goodreads.  So if we’re not friends there, you should join me!

Here are my favorite faith-related non-fiction books of 2013.
(with apologies for the repetitiveness to my Goodreads friends as these are my edited reviews from what I posted there through the year)

When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert: This book is essential reading for any Christian called to alleviating material poverty in both the USA and the rest of the world – i.e. every believer should read it. The book is about half theological foundational discussion and half practical framework/advice. (I had the privilege of attending a “Helping Without Hurting” workshop in May, given by one of the authors. If one comes near you, you should definitely go.)

I also enjoyed

  • Jim & Casper Go to Church: Frank Conversation about Faith, Churches, and Well-Meaning Christians by Jim Henderson and Matt Casper
  • Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics by Ross Douthat

Additionally, I found these three books really helpful in thinking about the issues surrounding homosexuality and the Christian church.

  • Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate by Justin Lee
  • Is God Anti-Gay?: And Other Questions about Homosexuality, the Bible and Same-Sex Attraction by Sam Allberry
  • Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality by Wesley Hill
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