I once heard that not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers. For all those who aspire to lead at some level, reading becomes a necessary tool for personal growth.
Friends, if you want to grow as a person, I would encourage you to take up the ancient art of reading. For me, it wasn’t until the sophomore year of college that I became a reader and I highly recommend this pastime! So without further adieu, here is my unasked for list of the top books I read in 2013:
Sticky Faith: Practical Ideas to Nurture Long-Term Faith in Teenagers. Want to hear something frightening? Half of the kids who grow up in the church will walk away from the faith when they hit college. This book put out through the Fuller Youth Institute will help start a conversation among parents and churches.
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. Here is a well written story about survival. This is an incredible story that culminates in redemption and grace. A must read!
Seven Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness. As the title suggests, this is a fine biography that centers in on 7 remarkable men and what made them great. For my book review on Metaxas’ works, check out this post.
The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick). I love Seth Godin. If you have never been exposed to his work, do yourself a favor and subscribe to his blog. This little book will encourage and challenge you in any of your projects.
Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?. Here is another great book by Seth Godin.
The Accidental Anglican: The Surprising Appeal of the Liturgical Church. As some of you might know, I have slowly journeyed towards the liturgical church world and found this book by Todd Hunter to be exceptional. This is a work that highlights what originally captured me.
Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics. If Sticky Faith was simultaneously encouraging and discouraging for those who work with youth, Bad Religion works in the same way for the American church. If you think America is true to the Kingdom of God, then I would encourage you to read Ross Douthat works in the same way for the American church. If you think America is true to the Kingdom of God, then I would encourage you to read Ross Douthat’s work.
The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life. My reaction after finishing this book: “Why haven’t I read this book yet?!” Get it and devour it, you’ll thank me later.
Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World. Bob Goff is the real life equivalent of the Most Interesting Man. Dive into a world of whimsy with this wonderful storyteller.
Steve Jobs. This biography is as good as everyone raves it is. A long book but captures the tech industry nicely.