My Favorites in 2020


Theology and Spirituality

Blaine-Wallace, William. When Tears Sing: The Art of Lament in Christian Community. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2020.

Brueggemann, Walter. Reality, Grief, Hope: Three Urgent Prophetic Tasks. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2014.

Campbell, SSS, Simone. Hunger for Hope: Prophetic Communities, Contemplation, and the Common Good. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2020.

Dahill, Lisa E. & James B. Martin-Schramm, eds. Eco-Reformation: Grace and Hope for a Planet in Peril. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2016.

Doak, Mary. A Prophetic Public Church: Witness to Hope Amid the Global Crises of the 21st Century. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2020.

Kimmerer, Robin Wall. Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants. Minneapolis, MN: Milkweed Editions, 2013.

McGann, Mary E. The Meal That Reconnects: Eucharistic Eating and the Global Food Crisis. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press Academic, 2020.

McMinn, Lisa Graham. To the Table: A Spirituality of Food, Farming, and Community. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2015.

Sweeney, Jon M., ed. Jesus Wasn’t Killed by the Jews: Reflections for Christians in Lent. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2020.

Wiederkehr, Macrina. The Flowing Grace of Now: Encountering Wisdom through the Weeks of the Year. Notre Dame, IN: Sorin Books, 2019.

Wirzba, Norman. Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating, 2nd ed. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2019.

Memoirs and Biographies

Albom, Mitch. Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Marriage. New York: Harper Collins, 2019.

Brooks, David. The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life. New York: Random House, 2019.

Moore, Donovan. What Stars Are Made Of: The Life of Cecilia Payne-Goposchkin. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2020.


Morris, Martha Clare. Diet for the MIND. New York: Little, Brown, and Company, 2017.

Mosconi, Lisa. The XX Brain: The Groundbreaking Science Empowering Women to Maximize Cognitive Health and Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease. New York: Avery, 2020.

Rieff, David. The Reproach of Hunger: Food, Justice, and Money in the Twenty-First Century. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2015.

Shiva, Vandana. Who Really Feeds the World? The Failures of Agribusiness and the Promise of Agroecology. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2016.


Kidd, Sue Monk. The Book of Longings. New York: Viking, 2020.

Kline, Christina Baker. The Exiles. New York: William Morrow, 2020.

Richardson, Kim Michele. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks, 2019.

Children’s Books

Alexander, Kwame (author) and Kadir Nelson (illustrator). The Undefeated. New York: Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt, 2019.

Beaty, Andrea (author) and David Roberts (illustrator). Iggy Peck and the Mysterious Mansion. New York: Amulet Books, 2020.

PBS Series

Call the Midwife

Somewhere South