Saturday, January 1, 2022

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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