I typically try to read around 50 books each year. Some are for ministry or work, some are for pleasure, and some are academic. Since we are closing out 2018, here are the 10 books that made the biggest impression on me this year. These were not necessarily published this year, however all of these I did read for the first time this year.
Dare to Lead by Brene Brown
I love her work and this book helps put all of the learnings from her previous books into practice.
American Prison: A Reporter’s Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment by Shane Bauer
A haunting look at the business of for-profit prisons and their historical connection to racism and slavery. Exposes some of the greatest flaws in our criminal justice system.
The Reckoning by John Grisham
Some thought it dragged, but I found it an enjoyable and thought-provoking read.
The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile
Hard to believe that this time last year, I was an Enneagram skeptic. No more. This was the books that developed my interest and trust in the Enneagram. There is no better way to understand why you do what you do from a spiritual perspective. By the way, I’m a 7 with an 8 wing.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F___ by Mark Manson
Frees one up to determine their values and to care about the things that matter and stop worrying about the things that don’t.
Everybody Always by Bob Goff
One can’t help but be inspired to give away love in greater amounts when reading the writings of Bob Goff
Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved by Kate Bowler
Love the honesty in the author’s reflections on her life circumstances by someone whose academic focus has been a study of the prosperity gospel.
Leadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin
A book with leadership lessons that also raises the expectation of what we should expect from our national leaders.
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
A powerful book which galvanized the Civil Rights movement when first published in 1963. Baldwin’s words are just as powerful and challenging today.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman
Hard to believe I waited this long to read this book. A compelling story about our connectedness and the impact our lives have on others lives.
Those are my ten, I’d love to hear some of your favorites for the year.