The 29 books of 2017


Year-in-review: Books

The 29 books of 2017

I read 29 books cover to cover in 2017...which is 1 for each year I've been alive & 5 more than my goal of 24 for the year. This tally doesn't include books referenced, books started but not finished, audio books, articles, etc. It may not seem impressive at all to some of you, but as much as I read, finishing books has been a challenge in recent years. I'm really excited about having gotten back into a steady reading habit and look forward to sharing an even longer list in 2018!

Titles, authors, & links are listed below if you're curious or want to check out any for yourselves!

  1. Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change by Pema Chodron
  2. Einstein on Cosmic Religion and Other Opinions and Aphorisms by Albert Einstein
  3. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
  4. The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation by Richard Rohr
  5. Finding God in the Body: A Spiritual Path for the Modern West by Benjamin Riggs
  6. Culture Care: Reconnecting with Beauty for Our Common Life by Makoto Fujimura
  7. Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind by Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire
  8. There’s No Good Card for This: What to Say and Do When Life is Scary, Awful, and Unfair to People You Love by Emily McDowell & Dr. Kelsey Crowe
  9. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
  10. The Rebirthing of God: Christianity’s Struggle for New Beginnings by John Phillip Newell
  11. What is the Bible? How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything by Rob Bell
  12. Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu translated by Stephen Mitchell
  13. How To Be Here: A Guide to Creating a Life Worth Living by Rob Bell
  14. Facing the Music: My Story by Jennifer Knapp
  15. What We Talk About When We Talk About God by Rob Bell
  16. The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer
  17. Make Good Art by Neil Gaiman
  18. Chalked Up: My Life in Elite Gymnastics by Jennifer Sey
  19. Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church by The Investigative Staff of the Boston Globe
  20. Sacred Energies: When the World’s Religions Sit Down to Talk About the Future of Human Life and the Plight of This Planet by Daniel C. Maguire
  21. Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brene Brown
  22. The Soul of Shame: Retelling the Stories We Believe About Ourselves by Curt Thompson
  23. Thou Art That: Transforming Religious Metaphor by Joseph Campbell
  24. How to Make it in the New Music Business by Ari Herstand
  25. No Booker, No Bouncer, No Bartender by Shannon Curtis 
  26. Fierce: How Competing for Myself Changed Everything by Aly Raisman
  27. Triangle by Mac Barnett, Illustrated by Jon Klassen
  28. Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers
  29. Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work that Lasts by Ryan Holiday