Like many of writers and editors, I spend a great deal of my time reading news and opinion articles, essays, books, blog posts, and more. Much of what I read is for the benefit of Disciple readers-it's hard to know what to publish if you don't keep up with what's going on in the world and the Church. Additionally, a huge chunk of reading time is devoted to studying God's Word and theology-knowledge is not the be-all-end-all of Christian life by any means, but it's hard to live rightly if you don't know truth. Finally, some of the material that passes my eyes is simply to gain perspective on the wider world, to find new examples of faith and courage through biography, to see truth and lies played out in fiction, etc. All good writing, should teach as well as delight, and as with nourishment, a balanced diet of reading keeps our minds healthy, active, and productive.
Here are 10 of the best books I encountered in 2012, in alphabetical order. These books are not all from Christian publishers (or authors), but they each blessed me in some way. Also, most of these books were not published this year, but simply made their way to the top of my "to-read" list at some point in the year. Click here to read in full.
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