Looking for something good to read?
Here are 11 favorite books I recommend from my 2011 readings. (Well, actually 22 altogether, but who’s counting?)
And the reasons why.
Also, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
by Eric Metaxas (2011)
10. The Next Story: Life and Faith after the Digital Explosion
by Tim Challies (2011)
To weigh your digital media choices faithfully and responsibly.
7. One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are
by Ann Voskamp (2011)
To delight in the Giver by seeing His gifts.
Also, God in the Yard: Spiritual Practice for the Rest of Us
by L. L. Barkat (2010)
To try a new spiritual discipline that takes you outside.
6. Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts
by Jerry Bridges (1988, 2008)
To glorify God even in adversity.
Also, Couples Who Pray: The Most Intimate Act Between a Man and a Woman
by Squire Rushnell and Louise DuArt (2011)
To get you started praying with your spouse. (The book isn’t that great, but what you do with it can be. It worked for Jeff and me.)
4. The Greener Grass Conspiracy: Finding Contentment on Your Side of the Fence
by Stephen Altrogge (2011)
To be content in Jesus where you are, with what you have.
2. Enemies of the Heart: Breaking Free from the Four Emotions that Control You
by Andy Stanley (2011)
To strategize against four hard sins (guilt, anger, greed, jealousy).
1. The Faith of Leap: Embracing a Theology of Risk, Adventure & Courage
by Alan Hirsch and Michael Frost (2011)
To quit worshiping the idol of security and live more courageously for Christ.
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Want more? I also recommend these:
Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard
by Chip Heath and Dan Heath (2010)
To think differently about your choices.
Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives
by Richard Swenson (2004)
To slow down.
Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think
by Brian Wansink (2010)
To notice what you eat.
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I Learned to Live a Better Story
by Donald Miller (2009)
To know you’re part of a story.
A Place for Weakness: Preparing Yourself for Suffering
by Michael Horton (2006)
To know your suffering matters.
Pure Pleasure: Why Do Christians Feel So Bad about Feeling Good?
by Gary Thomas (2009)
To learn to enjoy God-given pleasures.
Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God
by John Piper (2010)
To use your mind for higher purposes.
Why Men Hate Going to Church
by David Murrow (2005, 2011)
To strengthen men and the church.
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- Red Like Blood
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Practicing Affirmation
- Why It’s Hard to Love Jesus
- Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking
- Preparing for Jesus: Meditations on the Coming of Christ
Finished from November’s nightstand:
- The Faith of Leap
- A Million Miles in a Thousand Years
- The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Christmas Is Not Your Birthday
- Why Men Hate Going to Church
- Tortured for Christ
- All In
- Finding Noel
- Promise Me
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What book would make your favorites list?