Three best Christian books of 2009:
- Tim Chester, You can change
- Andreas Köstenberger and Tom Schreiner, Women in the Church
- Tedd Tripp, Shepherding a Child’s Heart
Top stretching theological read of the year:
- Doug Wilson, Reformed is not enough
Best fiction of 2009:
I have hardly read any fiction this year (and what I have read has been rubbish). But I will mention some kids’ books:
- I have thoroughly enjoyed reading Emily Rodda’s Deltora Quest series with my eight-year-old son
- My five-year-old and I have read and re-read Bob Graham’s Greetings from Sandy Beach. (We laugh about the Disciples of Death every time. If you haven’t me them before, I would encourage you to do so, posthaste).
Best non-theological non-fiction of 2009:
- Maggie Hamilton, What’s happening to our girls? (sobering and important).
Favourite Matthias Media release of the year:
Best website(s) discovered this past year:
- Definitely How to write badly well (this never fails to make me laugh out loud).
Three best sermons or other audio downloads heard this year (individual talks or series; could be from preachers you hear locally, and not just the overseas heroes):
This is tricky for me as I don’t listen to many sermons online. But here are a couple of things I found interesting or helpful:
Most memorable article(s) you’ve read this year:
- David Foster Wallace, ‘Tense Present: Democracy, English and the Wars over Usage’. (This is the kind of geeky, writer stuff that I read now that I’m at Matthias Media. It’s nothing Christian, but if you want an example of a brilliantly written, engaging piece of argument, it’s hard to go past this).
Book of the year and why:
- If you’re talking the book that had the biggest impact on the way that I live my life, it was probably Tripp’s, Shepherding a Child’s Heart. The principles in this book helped me to reshape the way I discipline my children, and has led to many fruitful conversations with my kids about how much I love them, and how much God loves them.