Favorites of 2017

I maintain a Google document going each year that keeps track of the best music, movies, books, and TV I've enjoyed that year. Sometimes I even take note of best restaurants and food experiences. As we close the book on 2017 and as I prepare to create a blank 2018 Google document in a few days, here's a look at what made the cut in my favorites of 2017.

15 Favorite Films

  1. Dunkirk (my review)
  2. A Quiet Passion
  3. The Lost City of Z (my review)
  4. A Ghost Story
  5. Columbus (my review
  6. The Florida Project (my review)
  7. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  8. The Unknown Girl
  9. Darkest Hour
  10. Loving Vincent
  11. Song to Song (my review)
  12. Personal Shopper (my review
  13. Mudbound (my review)
  14. Lady Bird
  15. Get Out

Read my full "best movies" article at The Gospel Coalition

15 Favorite Albums

  1. The War on Drugs, A Deeper Understanding
  2. Radiohead, OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017
  3. Sara Groves, Abide With Me
  4. Nassau, Heron
  5. The National, Sleep Well Beast
  6. Young Oceans, Suddenly (Or the Nuclear Sunburst of the Truth Revealed)
  7. Julie Byrne, Not Even Happiness
  8. The Porter's Gate, Work Songs
  9. Hazel English, Just Give In / Never Going Home
  10. Kendrick Lamar, Damn
  11. Beautiful Eulogy, Worthy
  12. The Brilliance, All Is Not Lost
  13. Fleet Foxes, Crack-Up
  14. Rostam, Half-Light
  15. Moses Sumney, Aromanticism

Read my "40 Spiritually Charged Songs from 2017" list at The Gospel Coalition

10 Favorite Things on TV

  1. The Leftovers
  2. The Crown
  3. This is Us
  4. The Vietnam War
  5. Chance the Rapper performing this song on Colbert
  6. Grand Designs
  7. Stranger Things
  8. The Royal House of Windsor
  9. The Oscars ceremony moment when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway flubbed the best picture announcement
  10. Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer on Saturday Night Live

10 Favorite Books Released in 2017

  1. The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb: Searching for Jesus’ Path of Power in a Church that Has Abandoned It by Kyle Strobel and Jamin Goggin
  2. The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation by Rod Dreher
  3. Mere Sexuality: Rediscovering the Christian Vision of Sexuality by Todd Wilson
  4. Movies Are Prayers: How Films Voice Our Deepest Longings by Josh Larsen
  5. Our Secular Age: Ten Years of Reading and Applying Charles Taylor by The Gospel Coalition
  6. Doctrine and Race by Mary Beth Swetnam Mathew
  7. 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You by Tony Reinke
  8. Winsome Persuasion by Rick Langer and Tim Muehlhoff
  9. The Art of Loading Brush by Wendell Berry
  10. God and the Transgender Debate by Andrew Walker

10 Favorite Books I Read (But WERE Not Released) in 2017)

  1. Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be by Cornelius Plantinga
  2. The Consolations of Philosophy by Alain de Botton
  3. On the Incarnation by Athanasius
  4. Pollution and the Death of Man by Francis Schaeffer
  5. Is God Anti-Gay? by Sam Allberry
  6. Knowing God by J.I. Packer
  7. Leisure: The Basis of Culture by Josef Pieper
  8. Identity and Idolatry by Richard Lints
  9. The Gospel in Genesis by Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  10. A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke

10 Favorite Restaurant Experiences

  1. Camden Exchange (Dublin, Ireland)
  2. Central (Lima, Peru)
  3. Rimessa Roscioli (Rome, Italy)
  4. Tartine Manufactory (San Francisco, California)
  5. Astrid y Gaston (Lima, Peru)
  6. Little Sister (Manhattan Beach, California)
  7. Rafael (Lima, Peru)
  8. The Mighty (Los Angeles, California)
  9. Biscuit Love (Nashville, Tennessee)
  10. Pioneer (Indianapolis, Indiana)