Best Books of 2022


Books help make a good year.

Our problem these days isn’t that we can’t find good books to read. It’s the opposite: it’s almost impossible to keep up. You could read only the best books and still feel like you’re falling behind.

Here, in descending order, are the best new books I’ve read that were published this year (with Amazon affiliate links). At the bottom are some books that, from what I’ve read so far, seem like they belong on a list of best books from 2022, but I haven’t read them yet, as well as some of my favorite books I read this year that were published earlier.

Best Books of 2022 That I’ve Read

Here are the best books I’ve read this year that were published in 2022:

1. The Thrill of Orthodoxy: Rediscovering the Adventure of Christian Faith by Trevin Wax

Such a timely book. Wax shows why orthodoxy is not only necessary but thrilling, and counters the anti-theological impulses of our age.

2. In Good Time: 8 Habits for Reimagining Productivity, Resisting Hurry, and Practicing Peace by Jen Pollock Michel

I read everything that Michel writes, and this book does not disappoint. I’m a recovering productivity addict, and Michel helps me rethink my relationship with time to see it God’s way. Helpful for anyone like me who’s read a pile of productivity books and still feels like something’s not quite right.

3. Opportunity Leadership: Stop Planning and Start Getting Results by Roger Parrott

It’s hard to feel like anything new could be written on the subject of leadership, but this book provides a fresh and counterintuitive approach to the subject. Rather than setting a long-range plan, respond to the opportunities God puts in front of you.

4. Sing Loud, Die Happy: An Exploration of How God's Gift of Song Is Meant to Change Us by Jim Thompson

This book doesn’t just have the best title and an amazing cover. It also helps us understand why singing is so central to the Christian life and to our wellbeing. I didn’t know I needed this book, but it was a gift.

5. The Life We're Looking For: Reclaiming Relationship in a Technological World by Andy Crouch

Another insightful book by Crouch. Technology promises much, but can’t begin to meet our deepest needs. What we need most are choices that engage our full selves, reclaim our personhood, and form us through relationships. Especially relevant to how we live as churches.

6. From Strength to Strength: Finding Success, Happiness, and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life by Arthur Brooks

If you try to play the same game in the latter half of your life that you played in the first, you’ll lose. But there’s a better way to live in the second half. Brooks helps us prepare for that future (or, for many of us, our present) and make the most of our experience.

7. The Deep Places: A Memoir of Illness and Discovery by Ross Douthat

Life can go horribly wrong for no apparent reason. Douthat shares his story of suffering and helps the reader understand what it’s like to live with little relief or hope. Strangely comforting; we’re not alone.

8. Becoming C. S. Lewis: A Biography of Young Jack Lewis by Harry Lee Poe

Before C.S. Lewis was the C.S. Lewis we know, he was an Irish lad with a grudge against Christianity. This first book of a three-volume set makes me want to read more.

9. Redeeming Productivity: Getting More Done for the Glory of God by Reagan Rose

Rose wants us to understand biblical principles about living our lives for God’s glory, and to translate those principles into practical wisdom. A short, helpful guide to Christian productivity, and a good complement to In Good Time (mentioned earlier).

10. Something within Me: A Personal and Political Memoir by Michael Wilson

You may think that an autobiography by a bland Canadian politician would be boring, but it’s not. Stories about his encounters with Mick Jagger, the Queen, Arnold Schwarzenegger amuse; the story of his son’s tragic death saddens. Very good look at the kind of politician who’s hard to find these days.

11. Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story by Bono

This book made me sad at points, but also gave me a glimpse at the mind of Bono. I loved the audiobook version.

Best Books of 2022 That I Haven’t Finished

Here are what seem to be the best books published in 2022, but that I haven’t yet finished:

Other Great Books I Read in 2022

Other great books I read in 2022, but that were published earlier:

Darryl Dash

Darryl Dash

I'm a grateful husband, father, oupa, and pastor of Grace Fellowship Church Don Mills. I love learning, writing, and encouraging. I'm on a lifelong quest to become a humble, gracious old man.
Toronto, Canada