TGC Staff Cite Best Books from 2014

| December 15, 2014

The fact that hundreds of thousands of books are published annually didn’t keep us from intrepidly citing our favorites in 201020112012, or 2013. Year-end lists are fun—and hopefully beneficial, too—so let’s continue the tradition. Some TGC staff members have identified several books (potential Christmas gifts!), all published in 2014, which we found to be particularly edifying or enjoyable. Our comments briefly explain why we appreciated them and how they might benefit you.

After reading our list, we invite you to join the merriment and share your own favorite books published in 2014.

Collin Hansen, Editorial Director

The Great and Holy War: How World War I Became a Religious Crusade, Philip Jenkins (HarperOne). Last August we marked a somber anniversary, 100 years from the beginning of the war that would supposedly end all wars but actually unleashed still more unthinkable carnage around the world. Secularizing Europe isn’t keen on recalling the religious elements of this war. But we must, lest we repeat these evils because we have forgotten: “Not in medieval or Reformation times but in the age of aircraft and machine guns, the majority of the world’s Christians were indeed engaged in a holy…

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