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7 fat years

A wealth of treadmill books, 400 to be almost exact, boiled down to an all-time favorite 100

Issue: "The 2007 Books Issue," June 30, 2007

Since July 1, 2000, I've been telling WORLD readers every few months about my treadmill reading-books that exercise my mind while exercising my body. Normally I note only books worth reading, and have cited about 400 during those seven years. Here are 100 all-time treadmill favorites (listed in alphabetical order by author):

Randy Alcorn-The Grace and Truth Paradox (Multnomah, 2003)

Grace and truth-telling work together.

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Randy Alcorn-Heaven (Tyndale, 2004)

God will place believers in a new earth full of satisfying and enlightening work of diverse kinds.

Debby Applegate-The Most Famous Man in America (Doubleday, 2006)

Liberal preacher Henry Beecher, thinking that God is love only and not justice as well, was surprised when his love for several women led to a court case that turned him into the Bill Clinton of the late 19th century.

Jeff Baldwin-The Deadliest Monster: A Christian Introduction to Worldviews (Coffee House Publishers, 1998)

Christianity is the only religion that comes to grips with the nature of man.

Michael Barone-Hard America, Soft America (Crown, 2004)

Part of America is ruled by competition and accountability, but some Americans try to shield themselves and others from tough realities.

Mike Bechtle-Evangelism for the Rest of Us: Sharing Christ within Your Personality Style (Baker, 2006)

Introverts can evangelize via the internet and in other ways different from those best suited to extroverts.

John Blanchard-Does God Believe in Atheists? (Evangelical Press, 2000)

A witty apologetic filled with curious details about major philosophers, world religions, cults, and lots of other stuff.

James Montgomery Boice-Whatever Happened to the Gospel of Grace? (Crossway Books, 2001)

Five doctrines that shaped the Protestant Reformation can reawaken the church today.

Robert Boynton-The New New Journalism (Vintage, 2005)

These conversations with America's best nonfiction writers on their craft are helpful to young journalists.

Arthur C. Brooks-Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism (Basic, 2006)

Religious conservatives contribute more of their time and a higher percentage of their income than secular liberals.

William F. Buckley-The Fall of the Berlin Wall (Wiley, 2004)

The signal event of America's cold war victory.

J. Budziszewki-How to Stay Christian in College (NavPress, 2004)

Standing up to the academic, sexual, and political myths prevalent on campus.

Dave Burchett-When Bad Christians Happen to Good People (WaterBrook, 2002)

When some churches fixate on unimportant matters, the antidote question is WJSHTOT-"Would Jesus Spend His Time on This?"

Philip Caputo-Acts of Faith (Knopf, 2005)

A gripping novel about pilots, aid workers, missionaries, human-rights activists, and soldiers in war-ravaged Sudan.

Vincent Carroll and David Shiflett-Christianity on Trial: Arguments Against Anti-Religious Bigotry (Encounter Books, 2002)

Western civilization and American democracy owe much to Christianity.

Ken Connor and John Revell-Sinful Silence: When Christians Neglect Their Civic Duty (Ginosko, 2004)

The United States has not been and should not be a theocracy, but Christians should reflect in action God's concern about civil right and wrong.

Terry Cooper-Making Judgments without Being Judgmental (IVP, 2006)

How to make a more persuasive case for Christ.

William Craig-Hard Questions, Real Answers (Crossway, 2003)

Tackles at a popular level some of the most difficult theological problems.

Hernando de Soto-The Mystery of Capital (Basic Books, 2000)

Legally clear property rights make it possible for poor people to build businesses and break out of deprivation.

William Dembski and James Kushiner, eds.-Signs of Intelligence (Baker, 2001)

Readily understandable essays illuminate the logical and evidential fallacies of Darwinism.

William Dembski, ed.-Uncommon Dissent: Intellectuals Who Find Darwinism Unconvincing (ISI Books, 2004)

Fifteen essays that display the Intelligent Design movement's academic firepower.

Daniel L. Driesbach-Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation between Church and State (New York University, 2002)

Important historical analysis on Christian-government relations.

David Dykstra-Yearning to Breathe Free: Thoughts on Immigration, Islam, & Freedom (Solid Ground, 2006)

Christians should help aliens who are ready to immigrate psychologically as well as physically.

Joseph Epstein-Fabulous Small Jews (Houghton Mifflin, 2003)

Superbly crafted stories on lives lived without hope, but amid unexpected notes of grace.

John Frame-No Other God: A Response to Open Theism (P&R, 2001)

Some evangelicals turn God into a pitiful, helpless giant.

Robert A.J. Gagnon-The Bible and Homosexual Practice (Abingdon, 2001)

The Bible condemns such practice firmly and emphatically.

Norman Geisler and Frank Turek-I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist (Crossway, 2004)

Ardently turns the tables on those who see belief in Christ as either crutch or blind leap.

Olaf Gersemann-Cowboy Capitalism: European Myths, American Reality (Cato, 2004)

The slouching German, French, and Italian economies show why America should not adopt European semi-socialism.

Gerald Graff-Clueless in Academe (Yale University Press, 2003)

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