CommonWord’s top hits of 2020

The year of the coronavirus pandemic saw everyone spending more time at home, and many paying increased attention to their bookshelves. We asked CommonWord, the bookstore and resource centre of Mennonite Church Canada and Canadian Mennonite University, what people read in 2020. In-store and curbside pickup sales and loans across Canada have declined, says Arlyn Friesen Epp, CommonWord’s director. But online orders have increased significantly, making the staff busier than ever. He says they are “grateful that we’re in operation, have the support of university and church, customers are adjusting, and that our new website launch happened in June, in time for these demands.” If you’re looking for titles to read as COVID-19 continues, here are CommonWord’s most popular loans and sales of 2020:

Loans

  1. Unsettling the Word: Biblical Experiments in Decolonization, ed. Steve Heinrichs
  2. How the Bible Actually Works, by Peter Enns
  3. Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again, by Rachel Held Evans
  4. Fire by Night: Finding God in the Pages of the Old Testament, by Melissa Florer-Bixler
  5. The Universal Christ, by Richard Rohr

Sales

  1. Lifting Hearts Off the Ground: Declaring Indigenous Rights in Poetry, by Lyla June Johnston and Joy De Vita
  2. Wrongs to Rights: How Churches Can Engage the UNDRIP, ed. Steve Heinrichs
  3. Unsettling the Word: Biblical Experiments in Decolonization, ed. Steve Heinrichs
  4. Voices Together: Pew Edition
  5. The Bible Unwrapped: Making Sense of Scripture Today, by Meghan Larissa Good

—By Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe

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