Top 10 Books of the Year — Chosen by You

Top 10 Books of the Year — Chosen by You

It’s that time of year. The lineups are out.

The last few weeks of December present a nice opportunity to do a little inventory on the past twelve months, including the best books you’ve read. If you’ve visited some of our favorite sites over the last week, you’ve probably noticed some impressive lists. If you haven’t, go check them out.

For our list this year, rather than create our own, we’d decided to ask you, the readers. Confining it to books published within 2013, we asked you to tell us your favorite. The response was encouraging. Nearly a thousand of you completed the survey, and without further ado, here are the results.

According to you, our readers, here are the top ten books published in 2013:

1. David Platt, Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live. (Tyndale)

This book gets right at the heart of Christian discipleship. Platt writes, “As followers of Jesus, our lives are subsumed in his life, and our ways are totally surrendered to his will” (128). He makes it clear that a relationship with Jesus means we are called to his person, not his drills.

2. Tim Keller, Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering (Dutton)

Tony Reinke called this in September. He writes, “Tim Keller has written one of the year’s most important books. Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering is a wise, Christ-centered, comforting book for readers who hurt, and offers counsel to readers who anticipate future suffering. It’s a book for everyone.”

3. Editors, David Gibson and Jonathan Gibson, From Heaven He Came and Sought Her: Definite Atonement in Historical, Biblical, Theological, and Pastoral Perspective (Crossway)

This one ain’t part of your grandma’s Sunday School curriculum. Tackling a highly debated and misunderstood doctrine, several scholars keep the glory of Christ in view and team up for a comprehensive treatment of definite atonement.

4. N.D. Wilson, Death by Living: Life Is Meant to Be Spent

5. Gospel Transformation Bible (Crossway)

6. John MacArthur, Strange Fire

7. Mark Driscoll, A Call to Resurgence: Will Christianity Have a Funeral or a Future?

8. Tullian Tchividjian, One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World

9. Joe Rigney, Live Like A Narnian: Christian Discipleship in Lewis’s Chronicles

10. Kevin DeYoung, Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem


Full disclosure: two books you voted for that could be on this list are Five Points: Towards a Deeper Experience of God’s Grace by John Piper and Not By Sight: A Fresh Look at Old Stories of Walking by Faith by Jon Bloom. But we didn’t feel right about listing them. Too much home-cooking.

Jonathan Parnell (@jonathanparnell) is a writer and content strategist at Desiring God, and is the lead planter of Cities Church in Minneapolis–Saint Paul, where he lives with his wife, Melissa, and their four children. He is also the co-author of How to Stay Christian in Seminary.