Favorite Books of 2014

Getting one more post in, just under the wire for 2014. So, first thing – Happy New Year! My hope for you is that you enjoy a time of reflection on the good and bad of 2014 and what you’ve learned, and get ready to develop closer communion with God in the year upcoming.

As I mentioned last year, in order to keep growing mentally, my goal is to read a book a week. With everything else going on, I managed it again, but I make no guarantees for next year!

Here are my five favorite books from the past year for your perusal. Note: the book may not have been published in 2014.

5. The Gift Giver, Scott Perkins and illustrated by Brian Miller

The first book on this list takes its place because it is the first book that I have published. It is a book aimed at children or adults looking for a devotional guide about the character of God. One of the key steps toward developing an identity in Christ is replacing our false notions of God with truth. This book can help with that step, and it is worth the price for the amazing artwork.

As a shameless plug, the book is available at this link. Or you can check out The-Gift-Giver-Book.com and click the “buy now” button. Or go to Amazon and search The Gift Giver.

4. The Orthodox Way, Kallistos Ware

Modern evangelical theology is dominated by enlightenment thinking – knowing is of utmost importance. In Orthodox Theology, priority is placed on communing, accepting that God is bigger than our understanding. There is mystery.

This book is a brief introduction to Orthodox Theology, and is very good. Here is a great quote from the introduction:

Christianity is more than a theory about the universe, more than teachings written down on paper; it is a path along which we journey – in the deepest and richest sense, the way of life.

3. Start with Why, Simon Sinek

As a coach and speaker on leadership, relationships, and identity, I like to continue to develop my perspective. This book discusses a great perspective on leadership – instead of telling others what you want done, inspire them with why it needs to be done.

The book inspired a talk I gave and this post – Gaining Influence – and Sinek summarized the book’s premise in this Ted talk. It’s worth the watch.

2. Creation and Time, Hugh Ross

I have had some long help beliefs about creation. This book was a great challenge and showed another perspective that does not violate the integrity of biblical writings. I loved this book because it maintained the importance of a created Adam and Eve, but also showed that there may be a reason for God taking his time in creating everything.

It may not change your thinking, but at the least it will sharpen your mind on what you do believe – which is a very healthy exercise.

1. Necessary Endings, Henry Cloud

This is a wonderful book that I have recommended to several clients. In short, Dr. Cloud posits that a necessary process for growth is to trim thoughts and behaviors that are worthless and evaluate those that may be broken. Throughout the pages, Cloud helps the reader to understand how to identify limiting beliefs and what it means to make necessary endings. If you’ve not read this, then get over to Amazon and order one (and a copy of The Gift Giver too).

Now it’s your turn, what one book would you recommend to me for my reading list?

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