My 7 Favorite Books of 2021

It seems like everyone is posting lists of their favorite books for 2021. After reviewing many such lists, I felt inspired to share one of my own.

None of the titles listed here were published in 2021. These are simply the books I read that stood out to me and made my year a little brighter.

1. The Hiding Place

Corrie Ten Boom lived an amazing life. She hid Jews in her home during World War II. Her activities led her to Ravensbruck, one of the harshest Nazi concentration camps. Her story of survival will inspire you. Her love for the Bible made me want to read mine more.

I have heard of this book for years and finally got around to reading it. I’m thankful I did. I couldn’t put it down. If you’re like me, you will fall in love with the courage of the entire Ten Boom family.

2. Gentle and Lowly

There are so many things to love about this book. I won’t say much here, because I’ve already written a book review about it. Just know if you read this book, you will not be disappointed and will fall more in love with Jesus as a result.

3. C. S. Lewis — A Life

In many respects, C. S. Lewis lived a difficult life. He lost his mother at a young age, his brother was an alcoholic, his relationship with his father was poor, and his marriage later in life was a bit bizarre. Yet, through all his challenges, he never quit pursuing his passion for writing. I appreciate Lewis and his works more after learning his story.

4. Out of the Silent Planet

There is a very good reason why C. S. Lewis is held in high regard. This book is Lewis at his finest. A masterpiece in the world of science fiction. The story line will hook you and the detailed descriptions of Malacandra, the planet on which the story unfolds, are breathtaking and believable.

If you’re looking for a great piece of fiction, look no further. I plan on reading the two sequels early next year. Perhaps they’ll make my list in 2022.

5. Finding the Right Hills to Die On

One of the unfortunate realities of church history is the frequency with which churches have divided over theological differences. It continues to happen today. Issues such as baptism, spiritual gifts, and ordaining women cause Christians to fight and, ultimately, break fellowship. Gavin Ortlund has written a helpful book about navigating the complexities of theology while maintaining a spirit of unity.

6. Just Do Something

This is a book about God’s will. In it, Kevin DeYoung says, “maybe we have difficulty discovering God’s wonderful plan for our lives because, if the truth be told, He doesn’t really intend to tell us what it is.” DeYoung promotes the idea that God’s goodness, providence, and sovereignty can be trusted, even when we don’t know how His plan for our lives will unfold.

I gained a lot of practical wisdom about discerning God’s will from this little book. I believe it can help you as well. For more about the book, check out my recent review of it.

7. Preaching and Preachers

This book is not so much about how to preach as it is about why to preach. D. Martin Loyd Jones has some strong convictions about the importance of preaching. His words are inspirational. This book put fire in my bones and gave me confidence to proclaim the truth of God’s word with the knowledge that it, more than anything else in the church, changes lives.

2 thoughts on “My 7 Favorite Books of 2021

  1. Hey, Daniel! Thanks for posting this, they all sound like interesting books. Particularly interested in Out of the Silent Planet and the premise of Just Do Something sounds appealing. I may read one of these over Christmas. God bless!

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