Top Ten Posting on During the Last 12 Months

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Annual Review

It is helpful for authors to review the types of writing that their readers are drawn to from time to time. Knowing your audience is useful for gauging what to write and the themes that most resonate. The attached table displays the posts most often read on during the past twelve months.

The results this year are eye-opening. The most read post is a Spanish study of John 17. Three of top ten posts are Bible studies written in Spanish—none of the Bible studies were written in English. The only post written in this period is a eulogy for a friend and colleague—Dale Leuck. All the other top posts—book reviews–were written years ago, which suggests that they were subjects Googled by complete strangers, not regular readers who might be expected to return to more recent postings of interest. Many of these reviews were also popular in years past (see link below).

Six of the top ten posts are book reviews. The most read review featured a book on homosexuality in the Bible. Another review focused on theology. Two focused on family-systems psychology and three focused on Christian spirituality.

Conspicuously missing from this list are any of my Sunday prayers, Friday reflections, podcasts, or sermons. The primary change in my posting during the past year was the addition of my Monday Monologues podcast that clearly doubled my weekly traffic during the year, but did not yield a top ten posting. Because most of my sermons are delivered in Spanish, these were my only new postings in Spanish over the past year, but likewise did not garner a top ten posting.

I would love to hear from you. What were your favorite posts and why?

Me encantaría saber de ti. ¿Cuáles fueron tus publicaciones favoritas y por qué?

Thank you for your support.

Top Ten Posting on During the Last 12 Months

Post Title


  Last year Last month
Juan 17: La Oración de Intercesión 188 5
Gagnon: Bridging the Bible and Gender Confusion, Part 1 184 4
2 Corintios 9: El Don Espiritual de la Generosidad 179 21
Stone and Duke Encourage Theological Reflection 131 28
Friedman Brings Healing by Shifting Focus from Individuals to the Family 126 8
Gálatas 2: Judios y Gentiles 105 10
In Loving Memory of Dale Joseph Leuck 104 0
Nouwen: Make Space for Self, Others, and God 97 12
Nouwen Describes Leadership Challenges 96 1
Benner Cares Spiritually Through Dialogue—Part 1 81 1


 Benner, David G. 1998.  Care of Souls: Revisioning Christian Nurture and Counsel. Grand Rapids: Baker Books.

Friedman, Edwin H. 1985.  Generation to Generation:  Family Process in Church and Synagogue.  New York:  Gilford Press

Gagnon, Robert A. J..  2001.  The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics.  Nashville:  Abingdon Press.

Gilbert.,Roberta M. 2006. The Eight Concepts of Bowen Theory:  A New Way of Thinking about the Individual and the Group.  Front Royal (VA):  Leading Systems Press.

Nouwen, Henri J. M. 1975. Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life. New York: DoubleDay.

Nouwen, Henri J. M. 2002. In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership. New York: Crossroad Publishing Company.

Stone, Howard W. and James O. Duke. 2006. How to Think Theologically. Minneapolis: Fortress Press.

Top Ten Posting on During the Last 12 Months

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