2021 in Books!

Happy New Year! 2021 was a doozy, but it was a fantastic year in books. I read more books this year than in any previous year! These were my favorites:
1. God Speaks Through Wombs by Drew Jackson
2. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
3. The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune
4. The Silver Arrow by Lev Grossman
5. Jesus and Nonviolence by Walter Wink
6. The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton
7. Dear White Peacemakers by Osheta Moore
8. I Bring the Voices of My People by Chanequa Walker-Barnes
9. The Very Good Gospel by Lisa Sharon Harper
10. The Journey Toward Wholeness by Suzanne Stabile
11. An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor
12. Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
13. Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas
14. The Wild Land Within by Lisa Colón Delay

And here is the complete list, including chapter books I read with my children. They are listed in the order in which I finished reading them:

The Silver Arrow by Lev Grossman

The Very Good Gospel by Lisa Sharon Harper

Letters to a Birmingham Jail by Bryan Lorritts and others 

10 High School Stories by Bob Nelsonf

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Original Blessing by Danielle Shroyer

Reading While Black by Esau McCaulley

Heart and Soul: the Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson

Still Life by Louise Penny 

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Medicine Game by Delby Powless

Do Better by Rachel Ricketts

Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall

Wondrous Encounters by Richard Rohr

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

Faith After Doubt by Brian D. McLaren

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne 

Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools by Monique W. Morris

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw

Living Brave by Shannon Dingle

Pride by Ibi Zoboi

Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

I Bring the Voices of My People by Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes

Broken Horses by Brandi Carlile

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong

Letters to Lenora by Leila Tualla

The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson

Dear White Peacemakers by Osheta Moore

The Enneagram: a Christian Perspective by Richard Rohr and Andreas Ebert

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

Prince Caspian by CS Lewis

The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton

The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne

The Making of Biblical Womanhood by Beth Allison Barr

Did God Kill Jesus? by Tony Jones

Jesus and Nonviolence: A Third Way by Walter Wink

Roots of Violence by Krister Stendahl

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

Misreading the Scriptures with Western Eyes by E. Randolf Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien

Hermanas by Natalia Kohn Rivera, Noemi Vega Quiñones, Kristy Garza Robinson

Befriending Your Monsters by Luke Norsworthy

The incorrigible children of Ashton Place by MaryRose Wood

An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith by Barbara Brown Taylor

After Whiteness by Willie James Jennings

The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall 

The Wild Land Within by Lisa Colón Delay

The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell by W. Kamau Bell

Prophetic Imagination by Walter Brueggemann 

Journey Toward Wholeness by Suzanne Stabile

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk

Surprised by Oxford by Carolyn Weber

The Vanderbeekers on 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser 

The Deeply Formed Life by Rich Villodas

Welcoming Justice by Charles Marsh and John Perkins

When Momma Speaks by Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder

Calling in Context by Susan L. Maros 

People to Be Loved by Preston Sprinkle

Wholehearted Faith by Rachel Held Evans, with Jeff Chu

Hard Times Require Furious Dancing by Alice Walker

God Speaks Through Wombs by Drew Jackson

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis

Waiting, Accepting, Journeying, Birthing by Sarah Bessey

The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves by Louise Derman-Sparks, Julie Olsen Edwards, and Catherine M. Goins

Race and Place by David P. Leong

And now it’s time to decide what’s on deck for 2022! I’d love to connect with you on Goodreads. My handle is just my name (Lindsay O’Connor). Come find me!

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