Top 10 Books I Had Read in 2020

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The year 2020 had been a reading year for me. I have read a total of 90 books plus various journal articles, primary sources, and chapter titles. My short reviews are mostly posted on

I listed below my top 10 books that I have loved the most, given an opportunity, will love to read these books again. Indeed, I have re-read some of them like the following, Richard Sibbes’ Bruised Reed, Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, and Haykin’s et al., The Baptist Story.

The titles with an asterisk (*) are the books I recommend you, my friend, to read. The list does not present the order of which one is the best.

  1. Dane Ortlund’s Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2020). *
  2. Anthony Chute, Nathan Finn, and Michael Haykin’s The Baptist Story: From English Sect to Global Movement (Nashville, TN: B&H Academic, 2015).
  3. Antonin Gilbert Sertillanges’ The Intellectual Life: Its Spirit, Conditions, Methods (1987; repr., Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 1998). *
  4. Jeremiah Johnston’s Unimaginable: What Our World Would Be Like Without Christianity (Bloomington, MN: Bethany House, 2017).
  5. John Calvin’s The Institutes of the Christian Religion (John T. Mcneill Trans., 1960)
  6. Jonathan Pennington’s Jesus the Great Philosopher: Rediscovering the Wisdom Needed for the Good Life (Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2020).
  7. Thomas Schreiner’s New Testament Theology: Magnifying God in Christ (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2008).
  8. Richard Sibbes’ The Bruised Reed and the Smoking Flax (1630; repr., Edinburgh, UK: The Banner of Truth Trust, 2018). *
  9. John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress (London: Penguin Classic, 2008). *
  10. Cal Newport’s Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World (NY: Grand Central Publishing, 2016). *

Special mentions on James Sire’s Naming the Elephant: Worldview as a Concept, Sire’s The Universe Next Door: A Basic Worldview Catalog, and J. I. Packer’s A Quest for Godliness: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life.

Enjoy reading! 🙂


Published by JP Arceno

A Mere Christian, no other religion, but Christian church, call me a Catholic Christian ~ Richard Baxter

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