My Favorite Reads of 2009

Abandonment to Divine ProvidenceIn reverse order, here are the best 10 books I read this year:

  1. Quest for the Living God by Elizabeth Johnson – an intelligently written survey of where modern theology is heading, for good or ill; I can tell that one reading of this book is not enough
  2. His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik – great mixture of history and fantasy
  3. Left to Tell by Immaculee Ilibagiza – hard to believe a genocide like this took place in my lifetime; with all its tragedy, still an uplifting testament to faith
  4. The Shack by William Paul Young – surprisingly good; the first 80 pages are hell, but the rest are an interesting expression of heaven
  5. Gloria’s Miracle by Jerry Brewer – I hope more people discover the story of this saintly young girl from Seattle whose influence is just beginning to be felt; will she be the first saint from the Pacific Northwest?
  6. Reading Scripture as the Word of God by George Martin – an outstanding guide to praying with scripture; probably the best book I have read on the subject; practical and wise
  7. The Wanderers by Deacon Henry Garon – a deacon reflects on his experiences with the poor; a simple but profound memoir
  8. Here’s My Heart, Here’s My Hand by William Barry, SJ – a beautiful little book on drawing closer to God
  9. Things Hidden: Scripture as Spirituality by Richard Rohr – the most influential book I read this year; a survey of some major themes of scripture and their implications for our lives; I read it twice in 2009 and will revisit it again in 2010
  10. Abandonment to Divine Providence by Jean-Pierre de Caussade – my second-favorite book of 2008 became my favorite this year when I re-read it. I’m planning on reading it again in 2010.

Some books on my shelf to read in 2010:
Confessions by St. Augustine (currently re-reading)
The Future Church by John Allen
Haves without Have-Nots by Mortimer Adler
The Aubrey-Maturin series by Patrick O’Brian (to re-read)
Living Beyond War by Winslow Myers
Reclaim the Fire by Martin Pable
Back to Virtue by Peter Kreeft
Jesus of Nazareth by Pope Benedict XVI (to re-read)

Deacon Nick

Nick Senger is a husband, a father of four, and a Catholic school teacher, vice principal and technology coordinator. He taught junior high literature and writing for over 25 years, and has been a Catholic school educator since 1990. In 2001 he was named a Distinguished Teacher of the Year by the National Catholic Education Association.

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