We are well into 2017, and I have already started a list of favorite books for this year! Following is a list of my favorite readings from 2016 (in no particular order):
Making room for life: Trading chaotic lifestyles for connected relationships by Randy Frazee — This book challenges me to prioritize community in a very intentional and life-giving way.
DNA of a revolution: First century breakthroughs that will transform the church by Gary Mayes — This book explores the question of how the church (the living, breathing, human body of Christ) is to live in the world.
Embracing the body: Finding God in our flesh and bone by Tara Owens — This book honors the earthly frame of our experience.
Beauty and the bitch: Grace for the worst in me by Jan Meyers Proett — Jan writes: “Grace sees the ugly and says, ‘I’m going to release the beauty anyway.’ Your beauty will win as you are caught off guard by Jesus, who celebrates you even though you don’t trust him.”
God is good: He’s better than you think by Bill Johnson — This is a book on a big topic that takes time to mull over and ponder.
Refrigerator rights: Creating connections and restoring relationships by Will Miller and Glenn Sparks — Will and Glenn point to the decreasing number of folks in our lives with “refrigerator rights” — those who can walk into our houses and freely go into our refrigerators for whatever they need — as an example of weakening social support systems. They encourage reversing this trend.
The coaching habit: Say less, ask more, and change the way you lead forever by Michael Bungay Stanier — Michael suggests five simple questions to help uncover new information and give fresh insights for collaboration and problem-solving.
The index card: Why personal finance doesn’t have to be complicated by Helaine Olen and Harold Pollack – Helaine and Harold offer a simplified plan for financial planning and health.
The sacred search: What if it’s not about who you marry, but why? by Gary Thomas — Gary takes an honest look at the dating and marriage process and offers his insights from counseling numerous folks over the years. I reflect on this book in another post.
Shadow boxing: The dynamic 2:5:14 strategy to defeat the darkness within by Henry Malone — This book provides insights and strategies for pursuing holiness in mind, body, and spirit.