What I Read in 2022

Every year, I commit to reading as much and as widely as possible. And as a means of attempting to remember everything I’ve read and holding myself accountable to my reading goals, I track the books I’ve read each year. (Click here to see what I read in 2021)

A couple of notes on this list. First, this is not a “what you should read” list like some of the others that you might see floating around. This is what I read this year and it’s a list shaped by my vocation and place in life. Second, I’ve found that breaking down what I read by category is helpful for me, so this list appears that way (and includes some sub-categories as well).

Please also note a couple of special markers. My favorite books (and the one’s I recommend you consider reading) are marked with an asterisk and hyperlinked. Additionally, the books I’d read prior to this year but re-read are marked with a [re-read] notation.

Finally, my goal the past several years has been to read 150 books (~3/week) and that was again the case this year. I’m pleased to say that this year’s list includes some 165 titles completed, so mission accomplished. Without further ado, what I read in 2022:

Biblical Studies – General

  • Five Things Theologians Wish Biblical Scholars Knew, Boersma
  • A Most Peculiar Book, Swenson
  • Reading While Black, McCaulley

Biblical Studies – Old Testament

  • A Biblical History of Israel (2e), Provan, Long, and Longman
  • Genesis 1-15, Wenham
  • Genesis 16-50, Wenham
  • Is God a Moral Monster?, Copan [re-read]
  • Urban Legends of the Old Testament, Croteau and Yates
  • The Lost World of Adam and Eve, Walton
  • Exodus for Normal People, Enns
  • Judaism’s Life-Changing Ideas, Sacks
  • Leviticus, Hartley
  • Knowing Jesus through the Old Testament, Wright*
  • The Lost World of the Flood, Longman and Walton
  • Deuteronomy, Wright
  • Spurgeon and the Psalms, Spurgeon
  • Isaiah (TOTC), Motyer [re-read]
  • Isaiah (NIVAC), Oswalt [re-read]
  • The Fifth Gospel, Sawyer

Biblical Studies – New Testament

  • What Saint Paul Really Said, Wright
  • The New Testament in Its World, Wright and Bird
  • The Early Christian Letters, Wright
  • Reading Jesus, Gordon
  • John: The Gospel of Light and Life, Hamilton
  • 1 & 2 Thessalonians (WBC), Bruce
  • 1 & 2 Thessalonians (SoGBC), Byron
  • Reversed Thunder, Peterson*
  • Gospel Parallels, Throckmorton

Biography and History

  • The Bomber Mafia, Gladwell
  • The Anthropocene Reviewed, Green
  • Lysistrata and Other Plays, Aristophanes
  • The Three Thebean Plays, Sophocles
  • The Day the World Went Nuclear, O’Reilly
  • Is This Anything?, Seinfeld
  • Killing the Killers, O’Reilly and Dugard
  • The Finish, Bowden
  • Churchill, Johnson
  • Handbook of Homerule, Gladstone
  • The Aviators, Groom
  • William Ewart Gladstone, Bryce
  • Alone, Korda
  • Mozart, Johnson
  • The Concise History of Germany, Fulbrook
  • Trivia Almanac, Jennings
  • A Short History of England, Chesterton
  • The Story of My Boyhood and Youth, Muir
  • The Fall of the Roman Empire, Ferrill
  • C.S. Lewis: A Life, McGrath
  • The Rise of the Greeks, Grant
  • The Secret War, Hastings

Churchworld and Pastoring

  • Christianity and Culture, Eliot
  • Rediscover Church, Hansen and Leeman
  • Spirit and Sacrament, Wilson
  • Preaching the Cross in Dark Times, Wright
  • Across the Street and Around the World, Marie
  • No Longer Strangers, Cho and Page
  • Rediscipling the White Church, Swanson
  • Prayers for Prodigals, Banks [re-read]
  • A Dairy of Private Prayer, Baillie [re-read]
  • The Death of Porn, Ortlund*
  • No Little Women, Byrd
  • Practical Means to Participating in the Life of God, Shirley
  • The Living Church, Stott [re-read]
  • Human Rites, Johnson*
  • Letters to a Young Evangelical, Campolo
  • Simplify, Hybels
  • What If Jesus Was Serious about the Church?, Jethani*
  • This Is Our Time, Wax

Cultural Issues

  • You Are Not Special, McCullough
  • The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains, Carr*
  • Digital Minimalism, Newport
  • Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now, Lanier
  • Atomic Habits, Clear
  • Things That Matter, Becker*
  • Critical Race Theory, Delgado and Stefancic
  • Escape from Reason, Schaeffer
  • Golden: The Power of Silence, Zorn and Marz
  • The Baseball, Hample
  • Empire of Pain, Keefe
  • The Grandest Stage, Kepner

Family Life

  • The Whole-Brain Child, Siegel and Bryson
  • Very Good Lives, Rowling
  • The Fall of Freddie the Leaf, Buscaglia

Fiction – General

  • Lamb, Moore
  • A Little Journey, Bradbury
  • Project Hail Mary, Weir
  • Flatland, Abbott

Fiction – Tolkien

History of Christianity

  • The Making of Biblical Womanhood, Barr*
  • Evangelical Disenchantment, Hempton
  • God’s Secretaries: The Making of the KJV, Nicolson
  • Jesus and John Wayne, Kobes Du Mez
  • Johann Gutenberg and His Bible, Ing
  • The Man Who Invented Christmas, Standiford
  • The Rise of Christianity, Stark
  • The Western Church in the Later Middle Ages, Oakley
  • The Westminster Confession of Faith, PCA
  • Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God and Other Writings, Edwards


  • A Guide to Christian Ambition, Hewitt [re-read]
  • Win the Day, Batterson*
  • How To Lead When You’re Not in Charge, Scroggins [re-read]
  • Death By Meeting, Lencioni
  • The Power of One More, Mylett
  • Axiom, Hybels
  • Humble Inquiry, Schein

Mental Health


  • Stillness is the Key, Holiday
  • On Nature and Grace, Aquinas
  • Courage is Calling, Holiday
  • The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship, Marsden
  • Meditations, Marcus Aurelius


  • God and Cancel Culture, Strang
  • Basic Economics, Sowell
  • An Essay on the American Contribution and the Democratic Idea, Churchill
  • On Tyranny, Snyder*
  • The Subjugation of Women, Mill
  • Crazy Sh*t Presidents Said, Schnakenberg
  • Profiles in Courage, Kennedy
  • Live Not By Lies, Dreher
  • Coercing Virtue, Bork

Reading and Writing

  • Of Other Worlds, Lewis
  • Bird By Bird, Lamott
  • Consider the Lobster, Wallace
  • Dictionary of Troublesome Words, Bryson
  • The Accidental Dictionary, Jones
  • 25 Great Sentences and How They Got that Way, Woods
  • Reading Like a Writer, Prose
  • Draft No.4 on the Writing Process, McPhee
  • An Essay on Criticism, Pope*


  • How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming, Brown
  • Packing for Mars, Roach
  • Relativity, Einstein
  • The Blind Watchmaker, Dawkins
  • Essays in Science, Einstein

Theology – General

  • The Trial of God, Wiesel
  • Ethics, Bonhoeffer
  • On Mortality, Cyprian
  • The Word Became Flesh, Maynard
  • Gentle and Lowly, Ortlund*
  • The Ragamuffin Gospel, Manning
  • God has a Dream, Tutu
  • The Me I Want To Be, Ortberg
  • Kill the Jerk, Shepherd

Theology – Gender and Sexuality

  • People to Be Loved, Sprinkle
  • On Gender and the Soul, Cabe
  • Embodied, Sprinkle
  • All But Invisible, Collins

Theology – Spiritual Disciplines

  • When You Pray, Letendre
  • The Sabbath, Heschel
  • The Word Became Flesh, Maynard
  • Real Sex, Winner
  • The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry, Comer [re-read]
  • Celebration of Discipline, Foster [re-read]
  • The Only Necessary Thing, Nouwen*
  • Blue Like Jazz, Miller
  • Everything Belongs, Rohr

Published by Jacob J. Prahlow

Husband of Hayley. Dad of Bree and Judah. Lead pastor at Arise Church. MATS from Saint Louis University, MA from Wake Forest University, BA from Valparaiso University. Theologian and writer here and at Conciliar Post. Find me on social at @pastorjakestl

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