Most Enjoyable Reads of 2012

I [Ryan] have somehow found myself in the fortunate position of having read 78 books during the year of 2012. This short list is what I deem to be the ‘top 13 most worthwhile reads’. And same for Justine’s top 5 list below. Let us know if you have any book suggestions for the year of 2013…

Most new & refreshing:

  1. the-old-ways-a-journey-on-foot The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot – Robert Macfarlane  (audiobook)

Most deeply impactful:

  1. 949755  Creation and Fall – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  2. my-people-is-enemy-autobiographical-polemic-william-stringfellow-paperback-cover-art   My People is the Enemy – William Stringfellow
  3. images1   Delighting in the Trinity – Mike Reeves

Most practical/helpful:

  1. poor-their-money-microfinance-from-twenty-first-century-stuart-rutherford-paperback-cover-art   The Poor and Their Money – Stuart Rutherford
  2. practice-resurrection  Practice Resurrection – Eugene Peterson
  3. mtgi_ppback   More Than Good Intentions – Dean Karlan

Most impressive in scope:

  1. 0800683269h   Ethics – Bonhoeffer
  2. images (4)Resurrection – Rowan Williams

Most enjoyable:

  1. NightmareGoodnessThe Nightmare Goodness of God – Ralph Wood
  2. Christ-the-Stranger-Myers-Benjamin-9780567562364    Christ the Stranger (Theology of Rowan Williams) – Ben Myers
  3. rowans-rule-shortt-rupert-paperback-cover-art   Rowan’s Rule (Biography of Rowan Williams) – Rupert Shortt

Most hilarious:

  1. 96-07   Aunts Aren’t Gentlemen – P.G. Wodehouse (*listened through thrice)

 

Justine’s Top 5 (in no specific order):

 

1. 9780805050875_p0_v1_s260x420    An Interrupted Life (Journals & Letters) – Etty Hillesum

2. 9781595553676Year of Biblical Womanhood – Rachel Held Evans

3. mtgi_ppback   More Than Good Intentions – Dean Karlan

4. practice-resurrection    Practicing Resurrection – Eugene Peterson

5. my-people-is-enemy-autobiographical-polemic-william-stringfellow-paperback-cover-art   My People is the Enemy – William Stringfellow

 

Published by Ryan Hayes

Ryan Hayes is a development practitioner, teacher and co-author of his first book of poems, Paralipomenon. Being born in Nairobi, Kenya and living most of his life in Africa, he has a wealth of experience and understanding into the cultural and linguistic factors of South-East Africa. Ryan is happily married to Justine with whom they have begotten three beautiful girls – Amelie, Lily and Rylee. He is a lifelong learner and devoted student of Jesus, mysticism, quantum physics and the human psyche.

3 thoughts on “Most Enjoyable Reads of 2012

  1. Enjoyed looking at y’alls lists. Looks like some good books. I just got in “The Five Books of Moses” book that y’all have and have already enjoyed reading it. Talk to y’all later, Ben

    Ben Hayes

    http://hayesmalawi.wordpress.com http://www.namikangomission.org

    From: “R & J [In Kenya]” Reply-To: “R & J [In Kenya]” Date: Thursday, January 3, 2013 8:51 AM To: Ben Hayes Subject: [New post] Most Enjoyable Reads of 2012

    WordPress.com Ryan posted: “I [Ryan] have somehow found myself in the fortunate position of having read 78 books during the year of 2012. This short list is what I deem to be the ‘top 13 most worthwhile reads’. And same for Justine’s top 5 list below. Let us know if you have any boo”

  2. Sounds like my pre-fatherhood reading habits, Ryan. Awesome.

    I think I need to come to your place and peruse your shelves and then leave with a few volumes.

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