Joe James’ Best of 2009

I love top ten lists. This is my top ten things from 2009:

10> Tell It Slant by Eugene Peterson. Phenomenal book about the stories and prayers of Jesus. The 4th installment of a 5 book series by the wise Mr. Peterson.

9> The 2009 College Football Season. So many undefeated teams for so long! I love the TCU’s, the Utah’s, the Wyomings, the Boise States… the mid-majors.

8> Paranormal Activity. Scariest Movie I ever saw at the movie the theater. Sadly, I don’t think it will have the same effect on DVD. Also, the only movie that has ever caused me to have trouble sleeping… for a week!

7> Health Care. Love it or hate it, it doesn’t matter. I love hearing people act like the world is coming to an end! I love it! No better show on earth than ignorant political rhetoric.

6> 500 days of summer. Zooey Deschanel is the most under-rated actress in Hollywood.

5> Newsweek’s piece on Christians and Torture. Sigh.

4> Shane Claiborne’s Apostolic letter to non-Christians in Esquire Magazine. Um… incredible.

3> Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes by Tamim Ansary (All Christians should be forced to read this)

2> President Obama’s Cairo Speech. Most thoughtful political move of my lifetime. You can always trust the Devil or a Poltician, to be the Devil or a Poltician… but the least politicians could do for a broken world is be thoughtful and understanding and compassionate.

1> Derek Webb’s album Stockholm Syndrome. NPR also thinks this album is 2009’s #1.

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