Top Books of 2011

2011 was a work-horse year in terms of reading for me.  Most of that due to the fact that I was finishing my graduate studies at ReTrain and was reading at least 1,000 pages a month on top of my biblical studies at SRBC.  By the time I got to June I hit the wall and dropped off considerably in terms of volume of books read. 
Nevertheless these were the 11 books that impacted me the most in 2011 in no particular order.

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Working the Angles - Eugene Peterson
Holiness by Grace - Bryan Chapell
Rework - Jason Freid and David Heinemeier Hansson
A Long Obedience in the Same Direction - Eugene Peterson
Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor - D.A. Carson
True Grit - Charles Portis
The Pastor - Eugene Peterson
The God Who Is There - D.A. Carson
When God Comes To Church - Ray Ortlund Jr.
A Sweet and Bitter Providence - John Piper

A few things to note: Eugene Peterson singlehandedly dominated my list this year because of the compelling nature of his writing regarding my profession, the pastorate. I owe him a huge debt of gratitude for helping me wade through the culture voices regarding what it means to be a pastor. I'll probably read A Long Obedience in The Same Direction annually. Secondly, I missed most of the popular choices that were published this last year. I just can't keep up with all that is new. That's why most of the books here were not published this last year. Finally, Ray Ortlund's book was absolutely ground breaking for me. I wish you could read it and if you can find a copy buy it.