Best of Books 2022 | Christianity Today

“Through reading, I can imagine situations that I would never normally encounter.”

That’s what Russell Moore says in this final episode of the year. All about books, Russell’s conversation with producer Ashley Hales covers everything from storytelling and genre to book sorting and cultivating a love of reading at a young age.

Visit Russell’s book club, learn more about his reading habits, and discover his favorite books of the year. Russell shares why he loves the books that made the list and how he came up with them.

Russell’s Favorite Books in 2022:

  1. Malcolm Guite, The Word within the Word
  2. Timothy Keller, Allow the
  3. Clarence Jordan, The wrong Gospel
  4. Wendell Berry, How did he go
  5. Thomas S. Kidd, Thomas Jefferson
  6. Moses Naim, The revenge of power
  7. Paul D. Miller,The Religion of American Greatness
  8. Fintan O’Toole,We Don’t Know Ourselves
  9. Stephen Bullivant, Non-converts
  10. Mark Eliot, The Hag
  11. Jay Wellons,Everything that moves us
  12. Jason M. Baxter, The Medieval Mind of CS Lewis
  13. Additional books, podcast episodes and resources cited include:

  • The Russell Moore show“Navigation Friends and Loss with Peter Wehner”
  • The Russell Moore show“Tim Keller Says Forgiveness Is Key to Christian Witness”
  • Russell Moore’s Journal
  • MaryKate Morse, “The Power of Reading: A Requirement for All Leaders”
  • John Grisham, The boy from Biloxi
  • Book Square
  • Shakespeare, King Lear
  • TS Eliot, Four quartets
  • 2023 Book Prize for Contemporary Christianity
  • Barna’s Kingdom of the Church
  • CS Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia
  • Wendell Berry,Life is a miracle
  • Marilynne Robinson, “Theology Today”
  • Chris Claremont’s X-Men era
  • Maurice Sendak, Where the wild things are
  • Louise Penny, Chief Inspector Gamache series

Ashley Hales is the producer of the The Russell Moore show, founder of the Willowbrae Institute, and author. Find out more at

“The Russell Moore Show” is a production of Christianity Today.
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Executive Producer and Host: Russell Moore
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Theme Song: “Dusty Delta Day” by Lennon Hutton


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