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Best of Books 2022

“Through reading, I can imagine situations that I ordinarily would never encounter.”

So says Russell Moore on this final episode of the year. All about books, the conversation between Russell and producer Ashley Hales covers everything from storytelling and genre to categorizing books and cultivating a love of reading in childhood.

Take a peek into Russell’s book clubs, learn more about his reading practices, and discover his favorite books of the year. Russell shares why he loves the books that made his list and shares how they influenced him. Russell’s favorite books of 2022:

  1. Malcolm Guite, The Word within the Words
  2. Timothy Keller, Forgive
  3. Clarence Jordan, The Inconvenient Gospel
  4. Wendell Berry, How It Went
  5. Thomas S. Kidd, Thomas Jefferson
  6. Moisés Naim, The Revenge of Power
  7. Paul D. Miller, The Religion of American Greatness
  8. Fintan O’Toole, We Don’t Know Ourselves
  9. Stephen Bullivant, Nonverts
  10. Marc Eliot, The Hag
  11. Jay Wellons, All That Moves Us
  12. Jason M. Baxter, The Medieval Mind of C. S. Lewis

Additional books, podcast episodes, and resources mentioned include:

Ashley Hales is the producer of The Russell Moore Show, founder of Willowbrae Institute, and an author. Find out more at

“The Russell Moore Show” is a production of Christianity Today.

Chief Creative Officer: Erik Petrik

Executive Producer and Host: Russell Moore

Producer: Ashley Hales

Director of Podcasts: Mike Cosper

Director of Operations for CT Media: Matt Stevens

Production Assistance: CoreMedia

Coordinator: Beth Grabenkort

Producer and Audio Mixing: Kevin Duthu

Associate Producer: Abby Perry

Theme Song: “Dusty Delta Day” by Lennon Hutton

We live in a fearful and cowardly time. The crisis we face is not a crisis of clarity but a crisis of courage.


About Russell Moore

Russell Moore is Public Theologian at Christianity Today and Director of Christianity Today’s Public Theology Project.