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On Sunday, December 30, on “Religion On the Line,” KCMO-Talk Radio (710AM, 103.7FM), we shared ROL’s 2018 “Top” lists and reviews, including the following Top Books list.


1) Christian Wiman, He Held Radical Light: The Art of Faith, The Faith of Art
2) Robert Alter, The Hebrew Bible: A Translation w/ Comment. (Vols. I-III)
3) Marilynne Robinson, What Are We Doing Here?: Essays
4) Christian Wiman (editor), Joy: 100 Poems
5) James Cone, Said I Wasn’t Gonna Tell Nobody: The Making of a Black Theologian (Oct. 2018)
6) Howard Thurman, Sermons on the Parables
7) N.T. Wright, Paul: A Biography
8) Elaine Pagels, Why Religion?: A Personal Story
9) Mary Karr, Tropic of Squalor: Poems
10) Luci Shaw, Eye of the Beholder: Poems
11)Tod Bolsinger, Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory
12) Jimmy Carter, Faith: A Journey for All
13) Sandy Eisenberg Sasso and Margeaux Lucas, Regina Persisted: An Untold Story; Sandy Eisenberg Sasso and Darcy Day Zoells, When God Gave Us Words
14) Suzanne Stabile, The Path Between Us: An Enneagram Journey to Healthy Relationships
15) Diana Butler Bass, Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks
16) Jon M. Sweeney, Phyllis Tickle: A Life
17) John Dominic Crossan and Sarah Sexton Crossan, Resurrecting Easter: How the West Lost and the East Kept the Original Easter Vision
18) Gary Dorrien, Breaking White Supremacy: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Black Social Gospel
19) Frank Thomas, How to Preach a Dangerous Sermon
20) Walter Brueggemann, A Gospel of Hope
21) Erin Wathen, Resist and Persist: Faith and the Fight for Equality
22) Adam Hamilton, Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times and Simon Peter: Flawed but Faithful Disciple
23) Matthew D. Hockenos; Then They Came for Me: Martin Niemöller, the Pastor Who Defied the Nazis
24) Robin Diangelo, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism;
25) Patrick Parr, The Seminarian: Martin Luther King Jr. Comes of Age; Anne Lamott, Almost Everything: Notes on Hope

ALSO NOTABLE: Robert Hudson and David Dalton, The Monk’s Record Player: Thomas Merton, Bob Dylan, and the Perilous Summer of 1966; Joel F. Harrington, Dangerous Mystic: Meister Eckhart’s Path to the God Within; Maria Shriver, I’ve Been Thinking: Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful Life; Dennis Cruywagen, The Spiritual Mandela: Faith and Religion in the Life of Nelson Mandela; Jeanne Theoharis, A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History; Stephen Mansfield, Choosing Trump: God, Anger, Hope and Why Christian Conservatives Supported Him; Craig D. Atwood, Frank S. Mead, Roger E. Olson, Samuel S. Hill, Handbook of Denominations in the United States, 14th Edition; Jason Sokol, The Heavens Might Crack: The Death and Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.; Ursula K. Le Guin, So Far So Good: Poems 2014-2018 .