God of dawning, we see the glow brimming on the horizon as the birth of a baby signals a new day beginning. As labor pains subside and as this child grows in strength and stature, so may we attend to what the light reveals as it exposes what we would rather hide away. Refocus our lives toward your truth; reorient our entire selves toward its good news sung by angels, proclaimed by shepherds, guarded by Joseph, treasured by Mary. Overcome the world's darkness with promises embodied, including our own, and may the glory of its shining ever expand as we strive to live by its guiding. Amen.
While putting the finishing touches on this post, I decided to take a look back on past Year-End Roundups. One thing that struck me about my older lists is how embarrassing some of them are. More than once while perusing, I said to myself, "Why'd I like that so much?" But I guess that part of the fun of doing this is seeing how tastes change over time. There could be things from this list that will make me cringe a few years from now, but this list reflects who I am and what I've been struck by while in this season of my life. This year I've finally added a category for podcasts, which I've been enjoying for years but I finally decided to give them special mention.
My Top Books from 2017
1.The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander - Alexander analyzes how the "War on Drugs," began by the Reagan administration in the early '80s, has contributed to incarceration and stigmatization of black people. She carefully analyzes how the criminal justice system…