More books and less binge-watching will transform your life!

The following books are in no particular order and speak to various areas of thought. From fiction to faith, I would encourage you to read widely and discerningly. Most people today read within a small circle of authors that they like and agree with. If you are only reading authors who think like you, there is limited growth happening in your soul. Read authors who come at things differently, think differently and even believe differently. Release your fear, you are stronger and more discerning than you think, and who knows, you just might gain some new insights or see things from a different perspective.

  1. The Go-Giver
  2. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
  3. Misreading Scripture With Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible
  4. Sabbath As Resistance
  5. Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked
  6. The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness: A True Story
  7. Why You Think The Way You Do: The Story of Western Worldviews From Rome to Home
  8. Ruthless Trust: The Ragamuffin’s Path to God
  9. Man’s Search For Meaning
  10. 1984
  11. Rising Strong: How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
  12. A Prayer For Owen Meany: A Novel
  13. The Sparrow
  14. How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels
  15. As A Man Thinketh
  16. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
  17. Pilgrims Progress
  18. Eager To Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi
  19. Disunity In Christ
  20. The Crucifixion of the Warrior God: Volumes 1 & 2
  21. Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver

I’d love to hear what books have and are impacting you!

Please leave your recommendations in the comments.


  1. This is another great challenge. I’m trying to have less “screen time” as the youngsters say and have been reading other peoples reading lists to get my own started. I’m currently reading “The Next Evangelicalism, Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity” by Soong-Chan Rah and “The Sacrament of Happy” by Lisa Harper. Timothy Keller’s books Every Good Endeavor” and his book on Mark, “Jesus the King” were big influencers for me in the past year.

    My current list is in no particular order…
    The Sacred Romance
    Sacred Space (I’m really not trying to suck up!)
    The Joyful Christian
    Mere Christianity
    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
    Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion
    The Imperfect Disciple

    Oh and my study group is going starting the Timothy Keller book on Prayer. Now to check out a few of those on your list!

  2. Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof
    I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
    The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wollenben

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