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My Favorite Books of 2023

10 books I loved in 2023:


Emotional Lives of Teenagers by Lisa D’Amour

I’ve referred to this book again and again to remember that teens who can express & acknowledge emotion of all sorts are healthy, even if they’re feeling sad or stressed out. {More…}

The Spiritual Child and The Awakened Brain by Lisa Miller

Dr. Lisa Miller shares research that suggests spirituality protects against depression, anxiety, & substance abuse at far higher rates than any other medication or intervention. {More…}

Never Enough by Jennifer Breheny Wallace

A book not just for me as a parent, but also as a human who is unlearning all the lies I’ve believed about what makes us valuable. {More…}

Life Worth Living by Miroslav Volf, Matthew Croasmun, & Ryan McAnnally-Linz

A book about life’s big questions, how to pursue answers to them, and how to learn to disagree with respect, friendship, & kindness in the midst of those questions. {Podcast episode}

The Revolt against Humanity by Adam Kirsch

A VERY short but meaty primer that explains trans-humanism & anti-humanism and what they have in common & why we need humanism in order to flourish.


King: A Life

Jonathan Eig’s masterful storytelling helps us wrestle with the complexities of King’s moral compromises & failures alongside his commitment to the gospel & to justice & his depth of conviction that goodness can win out. {More…}

Necessary Trouble by Drew Gilpin Faust

This memoir of Faust’s childhood and early adulthood weaves together the history of the Civil Rights Movement & her own participation as a young white liberal southerner longing for the Beloved community to come into being.

How Far to the Promised Land

Esau McCaulley’s beautiful memoir about the hurt & hope of being Black in America was a book I couldn’t put down. {Podcast episode}


The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store by James McBride

This novel is full of McBride’s characteristically quirky, fascinating, compelling prose. Dodo in particular represents all the people who are marginalized & vulnerable as a result of the power structures of this nation, and who can nevertheless forge friendships, community, & networks of courageous care that can bring light out of darkness. {More…}

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