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Top 3s, So Far

My buddy Andrew Peterson challenged those of us who write on the Rabbit Room to give him a list of our top three albums, books, and movies of the year.  This is how I responded.  How would you respond?

I took this very seriously and made three rules for myself.  First, it had to be a piece of media that I have actually consumed.  No claiming movies that I will probably love that haven’t been released yet.  No claiming to adore the Hurt Locker, which I missed in the theater.  Second, it had to be something that was actually released in 2009, not just something I read in 2009.  Finally, I decided not to mention any Rabbit Room contributor so as to expand our horizons, and so as not to make Andy Gullahorn mad at me when I didn’t choose him.  Not because I don’t love his music but because he shames me in bowling.  So, I did TV instead of music.  Cheating?  Who cares?


  1. An Education:  The film that you most likely haven’t seen but you really should, because it is just that funny/beautiful/thoughtful.
  2. Inglourious Basterds  Get over your prejudices and Tarentino’s silly showmanship, close your eyes 3 or 4 times, and watch the best picture likely to be made this year.  
  3. Up:  Because if I can’t stop crying in a film, and I can’t stop thinking about it later, it has to be in this list. 


  1. Justificiation by N.T. Wright:  Not his best book, but better by far than any other theological book written this year (I assert having not read all those books).  He is humanity’s greatest living theologian.  Anglicans Rule!
  2. Lost to the West by Lars Brownsworth: Based on a fantastic podcast, this history of Byzantium is well worth your time.
  3. The Prodigal God by Tim Keller:  Didn’t love the last half of this little book, but the first half unveils the heart of the Gospel. 


  1. Glee:  Yes, it has its Christian bashing moments.  But it is the one TV show guaranteed to make me laugh, smile, shed a tear, and feel all warm and fuzzy. 
  2. Battlestar Galactica, the final season:  If you have not watched the new Battlestar Galactica from the beginning mini-series through the end, you are missing out on the best television show of this decade.  
  3. Mad Men:  The music isn’t just the notes, it’s the silence between.

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