Top 10 Books of 2013


The following favorites were selected by The Dubious Disciple among those reviewed as the best religion books of 2013. Books are presented in order by review date.




by Chris Stedman, reviewed March 4, 2013

Inspiring book about a gay atheist chaplain who wants to lift atheism above the polarized wars that have developed from writings of the New Atheists.

The Myth of Persecution

by Candida Moss, reviewed March 19, 2013

A critical look at Christian persecution up through the time of Constantine, separating fact from fiction.

Chasing an Elusive God

by Ray Vincent, reviewed April 15, 2013

Ray journeys through what the Bible has to say—and not say—as the ancients struggle to make sense of the same questions we ponder today.

God or Godless

by John W. Loftus and Randal Rauser, reviewed May 6, 2013

John, an atheist, goes head-to-head with Randal, a Christian, on twenty controversial topics.


by Nadia Bolz-Weber, reviewed June 13, 2013

Fantastic! So funny, so moving, with tears rolling either way. A tattooed alcoholic-in-recovery who “swears like a truck driver” becomes a Lutheran pastor and founds her own church.

Invitation to the New Testament

by Ben Witherington III, reviewed August 29, 2013

This is a beautiful, full-color university text by one of my favorite authors. The book does a very good job of immersing you into the culture of the first century.

God In Slow Motion

by Mike Nappa, reviewed September 22, 2013

The author promises that through ten “lessons” (events from the New Testament) he will take you on a journey, “traveling the road of Christ’s life in search of the underneath things.”

The Historical David: The Real Life of an Invented Hero

by Joel Baden, reviewed October 12, 2013

This is the story of a wilderness bandit who wields rogue diplomacy, military prowess, and ruthlessness en route to subjugating a kingdom for himself, ruled from his cultic center in the conquered Jerusalem.

The Question of Canon

by Michael J. Kruger, reviewed December 4, 2013

What if the selection of accepted writings (our Canon) was more intrinsic … that is, guided from within, rather than from without?

All You Want To Know About Hell

by Steve Gregg, reviewed December 22, 2013

A fair treatment, explaining the stance of three different views on hell: Traditionalist, Conditionalist, and Restorationalist.