Here are my top 3 books from 2008. I have read them all twice.
1. Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church, by N.T. Wright.
I had a gut feeling it would be the best book of the and guess what? . . I was right as usual. Even Scot McKnight agrees with me. Eschatology was a big topic in 2008 and Wright puts forward some fresh thinking and a hard core challenge to take the resurrection of Christ seriously.
2. The Great Emergence, How Christianity is Changing and Why, by Phyllis Tickle
Reviewed here on the blog, many months before it was released - I just couldn't wait. Great panoramic view of the last 4 decades and our current emergence from a publisher's point of view.
3. GloboChrist: The Great Commission Takes a Postmodern Turn, by Carl Raschke.
I reviewed it here. Carl Raschke points to where we are in this postmodern shift and explores our challenge in confronting a the challenges of globalization, the internet and "Islamism".
Runner Up - The New Conspirators by Tom Sine which is one of the best books on the emerging church movement ever. Actually, it could easily be one of the top 3 books.