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The Best Two Books I Read in 2016

Since the beginning of this blog, I’ve kept the tradition of listing some of my favourites of the books I’ve read in the past year. Last year, partly due to doing a lot of writing (as in, a PhD dissertation and a rather large book) and partly due to personal circumstances, I didn’t read nearly as much as I would in a typical year, and a lot of my reading was dictated either by necessity or circumstances rather than choice. So, this year I’m not going to list ten books: I’m just going to tell you about the two outstanding books (one rather old and one rather new) which were far and away my favourite reads of 2016.

Sacred Meditations by Johann Gerhard

Don’t judge a book by its cover (for, if you did, you’d probably ignore this one, unless you’d already benefitted from reading something else by Johann Gerhard). You might have heard of Gerhard as the great theologian of post-Reformation Lutheran orthodoxy, but this isn’t a book by Gerhard the great scholastic; he wrote this one when he wa…