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Jen Pollock Michel

( author + writer + speaker )

Books to read in 2013

Feeling ambitious as I do in the first week of January, I've written the list of books I'd like to read in 2013. There is absolutely no guarantee that I will stick to this list or finish it. In fact, the only guarantee is that I'll do neither. BUT, I still think it's a helpful exercise (or so I tell myself) to make a list like this. I suppose the goal is to orient me toward deliberately good reading: deliberate because I've given myself in this list a reminder of those books I've heard or read about, good because all of these books are worth reading either for their style or content. And the final reason for writing and posting this list is that I hope you'll keep me accountable to reading them! In fact, if you're interested, I can certainly post a short blurb after I finish each of these books - but I dare not call them "reviews" or else I'll have a project bigger than I want to tackle.

Happy reading in 2013!



Raising Cain: Dan Kindlon, Michael Thompson

The Meaning of Marriage: Tim Keller

Grace-Based Parenting: Tim Kimmel

No Ordinary Home: Carol Brazo


Spiritual Growth/Theology

The Fruitful Life: Gerald Bridges

The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness: Tim Keller

After You Believe: N.T. Wright

Counterfeit Gods: Tim Keller

Desiring the Kingdom: James K.A. Smith

Radical Hospitality: Benedict’s Way of Love. Father Daniel Homan

Answering God: The Psalms as Tools for Prayer. Eugene Peterson

The Lord and His Prayer: N.T. Wright


Anthropology/History/Cultural Commentary

unChristian: David Kinnamon

Death of Adam: Marilynne Robinson

Bad Religion: Ross Douthat:

When God Talks Back: T.M. Luhrmann

Dearest Friend: A Life of Abigail Adams. Lynne Withey

Sex, Economy, Freedom and Community: Wendell Berry

The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction: Alan Jacobs



The Girl in the Orange Dress: Margot Starbuck

Still: Lauren Winner

One Writer’s Beginnings: Eudora Welty

Walden: Henry David Thoreau

The Confessions of St. Augustine

Man’s Search for Meaning: Viktor Frankl

The Seven Storey Mountain: Thomas Merton



Middlemarch: George Eliot

The Second Coming: Walker Percy

Wolf Hall: Hilary Mantel

Bring Up the Bodies: Hilary Mantel

Caleb’s Crossings: Geraldine Brooks

Housekeeping: Marilynne Robinson

Saint Maybe: Anne Tyler

Moby Dick: Herman Melville

Cutting for Stone: Abraham Verghese