Hundreds of religion books come across the HuffPost Religion desk each year. Stacked in mountains next to our computers, they remind us of the sacred wisdom, religious leadership and academic rigor that so many women and men have shared with us. This year was an especially rich, and we were impressed by the titles that came from across the religious spectrum. In honor of 2011, we picked our top 11 favorites with a special honor going to number 12. We look forward to hearing your picks in the comments, and are looking forward to more great books in 2012.
For more on the best of 2011, visit AOL's Best of 2011.