My Favorite Reads of 2021

This is the second time that I will share a list of the books that I enjoyed reading during the year. Though these are generally Christian books, I consider my list this year a bit more varied and “flavorful.” Most of them have been released this year and have become instant favorites. You might want to check them out and consider reading them in 2022.

So, here are my top 10 favorite reads of 2021, from top to bottom, in no particular order. For further reference, I included links for the books that I was able to review here on my personal blog.


1. Bibles

• The NKJV Single-Column Reference, from Thomas Nelson Bibles’ Premier Collection. This instantly became my favorite Bible at first sight, and I call it “The One.” From its size to its layout, cover, and design, it is simply perfect! And I love the NKJV! (Read my full review here: https://kristiyaknow.com/2021/06/07/bible-review-nkjv-single-column-reference/)

•The recently released ESV Study Bible in buffalo leather from Crossway – my go-to Study Bible. Unbeatable. (Read my full review here: https://kristiyaknow.com/2021/07/21/bible-review-esv-study-bible-in-buffalo-leather/)

2. Matthew Mead’s Almost Christian Discovered, from Reformation Heritage Books – my top favorite Puritan read this year. Available at Puritan Project Philippines. Thomas Watson’s A Godly Man’s Picture is a very close runner-up.

3. R. Kent Hughes’ Disciplines of A Godly Man, from Crossway – an incredible book on biblical manhood. Also available at Puritan Project PH.

4. Alistair Begg’s newly released Truth For Life 365 devotional from The Good Book Company UK. The devotionals here remind me of my all-time favorite Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening which Alistair Begg revised and updated a few years ago. (Read my full review here: https://kristiyaknow.com/2021/11/15/book-review-truth-for-life-365-daily-devotions/)

5. Dane Ortlund’s In The Lord I Take Refuge from Crossway – a Christ-centered devotional on the Psalter. (Read my full review here: https://kristiyaknow.com/2021/08/16/book-review-in-the-lord-i-take-refuge/)

6. J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit – my favorite fantasy/fiction read of 2021. I’m a Tolkien/Middle-earth fan for years now, and only this year was I able to acquire and read the books. Still reading this one, though.

7. Douglas Kaine McKelvey’s two-volume Every Moment Holy, from The Rabbit Room – this is life-changing! These prayer books bring new liturgies for the ordinary events of daily life. From laundering and gardening to consuming media and even for the loss of electricity—these books have a prayer for every event of every day. (Read my full review here: https://kristiyaknow.com/2021/09/13/book-review-every-moment-holy/)

8. Catherine Vos’ The Child’s Story Bible from Banner of Truth. I own many children’s storybooks and none can compare to this one. Every family should have this. Available at Coram Deo Books. (Read my full review here: https://kristiyaknow.com/2021/11/08/book-review-the-childs-story-bible/)

9-10. InterVarsity Press’ New Bible Set – single best Bible commentary and dictionary, IMHO.
Plus… I really enjoyed reading R.C. Sproul: A Life written by Dr. Stephen Nichols. Though I haven’t finished it yet. (not in the picture)

I hope you find this list very helpful as you consider the books you’ll read in 2022!

Soli Deo Gloria!

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