My Runner-Ups for the Top 10 Reads of 2023

As promised, here is a list of my runner-ups for my Top 10 Reads of 2023:

1. Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know

Adam Grant's Think Again is a captivating exploration of the value of different perspectives. The book, a #1 New York Times Bestseller, skillfully employs the use of story to drive home its point.

Think Again

2. In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette

Hampton Sides' In the Kingdom of Ice takes readers on a fast-paced, real-life journey story of survival, and adventure as a team seeks to be the first to discover the North Pole. Aunt Myrna recommended this Amazon Best Book of the Month in August 2014. She always picks winners.

In the Kingdom of Ice

3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The final book in J.K. Rowling's iconic Harry Potter series, The Deathly Hallows, showcases her increasing writing ability with complex characters and a thrilling narrative. The book ties the previous books together and echoes Judeo-Christian themes. It was also a sweet way to bond with my oldest son. We had read aloud all of the books in the series. We discussed them as we went, creating a memorable bonding experience over the years.Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

4. The Vine Project

Colin Marshall and Tony Payne's The Vine Project is a valuable resource for churches looking to assess and improve their approach to discipleship. With thought-provoking questions, this book has been a good reference in ministry. It is a sequel to The Trellis and the Vine.

The Vine Project

5. Martin Van Buren: The American Presidents Series: The 8th President, 1837-1841

Ted Widmer's Martin Van Buren provides a fascinating glimpse into the life of the 8th President, portraying a shrewd and intelligent man with a presidency marked by a few critical decisions but a long political influence post-presidency. Notably, he opposed Texas being a new slave state, did not defend the Amistad legal case, and united what is now the modern Democratic party. He was the first president without English heritage.

Martin Van Buren

What were some of your favorite books in 2023?

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