The late Justice Antonin Scalia, known for his crystal clear and mind-shaping prose, once said this about what makes for good writing:
“I think there is writing genius as well – which consists primarily, I think, of the ability to place oneself in the shoes of one’s audience; to assume only what the assume; to anticipate what they anticipate; to explain they need explained; to think what they must be thinking; to feel what they must be feeling.”
Herewith, I announce today the Jesus Creed Books of the Year, simultaneously the Tov Unleashed Books of the Year.
These are good books I have read and not some kind of magical survey of everything written. Many of you will know my picks from the blog posts and newsletters, but much thought goes into picking which books become the subject of our conversations.
Kellye Fabian , Holy Vulnerability We are hoping to get Kellye on our podcast at Kingdom Roots but until then I want to say this was the best spiritual formation book I read this year. A vulnerable exploration of her own anxieties and what she has learned.
Just in case you wonder where I line up politically, keep wondering because I want to read all sides. No one writes better political prose than George Will. No one. His The Conservative Sensibility was amazing too, if a bit long.
John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath This was my favorite novel of the year, though I don’t devour novels. I read them a few pages a day. I had not “read” this since high school, if one wants to call what I did then reading, but this time through it was a wonderful story.