“The Shack” by William P. Young
This book is fiction (and I hardly ever read fiction), but it’ll challenge the way you see what is most true and important – who God is, who God is not, and what He’s like. This is one of the most widely read books in the world in recent years. It challenged my socks off. It’ll grab your heart, stretch your mind, and open your eyes to things you didn’t know but desperately need. Warning: tears may accompany the reading of this book.
P.S. – The book is better than the movie. Even if you saw the movie, read the book. 🙂
“The Unvarnished Jesus: A Lenten Journey” by Brian Zahnd
I read this book over the season of Lent this past Spring, but I think it would make a fantastic 40-day devotional reading for anyone at any time of the year. Zahnd is a cutting edge thinking pastor. I personally resonate with much of his thoughts and writings. If you are wanting to see the real Jesus more clearly, read this. It’ll be a 40-day journey you’ll be so glad you took. The chapters are short and perfect for a personal devotional experience.
“Irresistible” by Andy Stanley
This is no doubt one of the most impactful books I’ve read in my Christian life – top five for sure. I personally believe that this will be Andy’s legacy book. No one quite has the way with words that he does. You just simply owe it to yourself to read this book. And it’ll also give you a peek into what has even shaped the direction of our entire church. This book will change the way you see your relationship with God and what the Christian life is all about.
“The Motive” by Patrick Lencioni
Here’s a leadership book. Lencioni packages his leadership teachings and insight inside a story, a fable. Yes, it’s fiction but the principles and truths are spot on and could be more real to life. It’s a must read for anyone who leads a team. It’ll make you ask honest and deep questions about yourself. It will simply motivate you to become a better leader. Lencioni says it’s the most important book he’s written so far, and he’s written a lot of books. If you’ve never read one of his books, he recommends starting with this one. It’s a pretty quick read, and I typically read slowly.
“Anxious For Nothing” by Max Lucado (Donna’s recommendation)
My wife, Donna, highly recommends this book. I have not read it personally but have heard much about it as she has shared with me. Donna does not highly recommend many books, so if she says this is a great one, then it is. Whether or not you struggle with anxiety in the clinical sense, this book will help you. It’ll help you deal with everyday worries. And if you do struggle with anxiety or depression, it just might be freeing to your mind and soul. Lucado is an incredible writer, definitely one of our favorites through the years.
“Sinners in The Hands of a Loving God” by Brian Zahnd
Ok, get ready for a theological box-busting experience with this read. I discovered Zahnd’s writings a couple of years ago. This is by far one of his best I’ve read. He addressed the notion that God is an angry, vengeful judge waiting to zap sinners when they step out of line. He even addresses the topic of “hell” towards the end. I simply love this book. It’s a little deeper and may take a little more time to work through but it’s well worth it.