Englewood Honor Books – The Best Books of 2011!

December 30, 2011 — Leave a comment

 

[ This Best Books piece was featured in the Advent 2011 issue
of our print magazine, but we thought we'd also feature it here for all of our readers
. ]

Englewood Honor Books – The Best Books of 2011!

Every December, we pick the best books we’ve encountered in that year. Our primary criterion both for selecting books to review and for honoring the year’s best books is to choose books that are “for the life of the Church” – i.e., books that energize us to be the community of God’s people that God has called us to be and that nurture us to follow in the way of God’s reconciliation of all things.

*** 2011 Book of the Year ***

Englewood Honor BooksFood and Faith:
A Theology of Eating

By Norman Wirzba.
Paperback: Cambridge UP, 2011.

“[This book] is about trying to help each other, to be merciful to each other and together to start to eat in ways that are better.  By better, I mean ways that honor God’s creation, ways that facilitate or promote health among God’s creatures, ways that create better community among people.” (From our interview with Norman Wirzba, Eastertide 2011 print issue).

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Englewood Honor Books
Our Best Books of 2011!

(Books are Arranged alphabetically by author’s last name…)

This Day: Photographs.
by Robert Adams
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Who Is My Enemy?
Questions American Christians Must Face
About Islam and Themselves
.
by Lee Camp
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Origin of Species: Poems
(*** Best Poetry Book )
by Ernesto Cardenal
Review in print issue #4.
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Making Healthy Places
Dannenberg / Frumkin / Jackson
[ Read our review... ]
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Year of Plenty
by Craig Goodwin
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Moby Duck
by Donovan Hohn
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The Pleasures of Reading
In An Age of Distraction
.
by Alan Jacobs
Review in print issue #3.
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The King Jesus Gospel
by Scot McKnight
[ Read our review... ]
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The Politics of Yahweh:
John Howard Yoder, The OT,
and the People of God
.
by John Nugent
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The Tiger’s Wife
( *** Best Novel )
by Tea Obreht
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The Bible Made Impossible
by Christian Smith
(*** Most important
theological work)
[ Read our review... ]
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A Public Faith:
How Followers of Christ Should
Serve the Common Good.

by Miroslav Volf
Review in print issue #4.
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2011 Englewood Honor Books
Runners Up:

Rumors of Water:
Thoughts on Creativity
and Writing.

LL Barkat
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William Carlos Williams
Of Rutherford

by Wendell Berry
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Caleb’s Crossing:
A Novel

by Geraldine Brooks
Read our review
in print issue #4
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Seeing Trees
by Nancy Ross Hugo

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[ Amazon ]