The year is coming to an end, which means it’s time to reflect on our favorite reads! On this episode, Russell Moore and producer Ashley Hales discuss the books that have stuck with them this year. Their conversation touches on the winners of Christianity Today’s 2023 Book Awards and the back catalogs of authors whose new releases are making a splash.

Genres mentioned span biography, memoir, fiction, and more. Moore and Hales discover broad themes and consider how their 2023 reading might inform their 2024 thinking.

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Russell’s Top Ten Books of 2023:

  1. How to Know a Person: The Art of Seeing Others Deeply and Being Deeply Seen by David Brooks
  2. The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory: American Evangelicals in an Age of Extremism by Tim Alberta
  3. Watership Down: The Graphic Novel by Richard Adams, adapted and Illustrated by James Sturm and Joe Sutphin
  4. All My Knotted-Up Life: A Memoir by Beth Moore
  5. C.S. Lewis in America: Readings and Receptions, 1935-1947 by Mark A. Noll
  6. Godless Crusade: Religion, Populism, and Right-Wing Identity Politics by Tobias Cremer
  7. King: A Life by Jonathan Eig
  8. How Far to the Promised Land: One Black Family's Story of Hope and Survival in the American South by Esau McCaulley
  9. Self-Made: Creating Our Identities from DaVinci to the Kardashians by Tara Isabella Burton
  10. Lights a Lovely Mile: Collected Sermons of the Church Year by Eugene H. Peterson

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