This is a list of the books I read in 2016. All the reviews were written in 2016 and are archived on this site in (roughly) the order I read them in.

Book Reviews 2016

Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine

The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate

I Dare You Not to Bore Me With the Bible

Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible

God’s Greater Glory: The Exalted God Of Scripture And The Christian Faith

Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-1945

We Cannot Be Silent: Speaking Truth to a Culture Redefining Sex, Marriage, and the Very Meaning of Right and Wrong

A Confederacy of Dunces, John Toole (2016)

The Cross of Christ (2016)

How Should We Then Live: The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture (2016)

The Man Christ Jesus: Theological Reflections on the Humanity of Christ

PsychoBabble: The Failure of Modern Psychology–and the Biblical Alternative

Telling the Truth: Evangelizing Postmoderns

The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

Liar’s Poker

The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron

Dear Leader: Poet, Spy, Escapee – A Look Inside North Korea

Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity (2016)

SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome

Final Seconds

The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris


The Cup and the Glory: Lessons on Suffering and the Glory of God

Western Civilization II

The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down

Living in God’s Two Kingdoms: A Biblical Vision for Christianity and Culture

Gangsterismo: The United States, Cuba, and the Mafia, 1933 to 1966


Scripture Alone: Exploring the Bible’s Accuracy, Authority, and Authenticity

The Romanovs: 1613-1918

Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar

Philosophy in Seven Sentences: A Small Introduction to a Vast Topic

Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport, the Most Audacious Hostage Rescue Mission in History

In the Name of Rome: The Men Who Won the Roman Empire

The Oxford History of the French Revolution

Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford


The Whig Interpretation of History

Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War

The Mathews Men: Seven Brothers and the War Against Hitler’s U-boats

Augustine of Hippo: A Life

Lincoln: A Very Short Introduction

Why Study History?: Reflecting on the Importance of the Past

This Great Struggle: America’s Civil War

1920: The Year that Made the Decade Roar

Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution

Rough Riders: Theodore Roosevelt, His Cowboy Regiment, and the Immortal Charge Up San Juan Hill

A Little History of Philosophy

Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II

The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, the Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World

The Crusades: The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land

Visions of Vocation: Common Grace for the Common Good


Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business


Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

The Darkness and the Glory: His Cup and the Glory from Gethsemane to the Ascension (2016)

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2016)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2016)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2016)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2016)

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God