In the year 2016 I am setting out to read 50 books. Books that inspire, motivate, change, and push me. Books that defy my comfort zone. Beautiful books that make me brave. Books that scratch my itch to grow, learn, stretch, and strain against becoming stale. Words that although on the written page, leap out and take hold of my soul.
Books that make me better.
Just before the new year, I posted this on Facebook:
Okay – I need your help. What book has MOST inspired you? Caused a paradigm shift in your life? Brought you an AHA moment? Fiction works, but I’m mostly looking for nonfiction. The Bible is a given – looking for additional books that have changed your life. GO.
So now, I read.
But we should always be learning.
C’mon! That old dog can certainly learn new tricks! And he SHOULD keep learning so he doesn’t become old, grouchy, and rusty.
- Same Kind of Different as Me: A Modern Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together//Ron Hall & Denver Moore – This book messed me up. It’s a true story about a homeless man and a gutsy woman who decides to make a difference. Challenged me to fight for those who can’t. Must read. Seriously. Buy it NOW. Nonfiction
- 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess//Jen Hatmaker – Hilarious book about the serious subject of excess. Amazon describes it this way: Food. Clothes. Spending. Media. Possessions. Waste. Stress. They would spend thirty days on each topic, boiling it down to the number seven. Only eat seven foods, wear seven articles of clothing, and spend money in seven places. Eliminate use of seven media types, give away seven things each day for one month, adopt seven green habits, and observe “seven sacred pauses.” Talk about conviction. But you’ll laugh so hard you’ll cry – and then you’ll cry so hard you’ll laugh. Seriously. Nonfiction
- Redeeming Love//Francine Rivers – A beautiful story about the redemption of a prostitute and the grace of the Man who loves her enough to keep coming back. I don’t read many books twice. This one, I did. Fiction
- Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World//Tsh Oxenreider – Life is chaotic, but we can CHOOSE (one of my favorite words) to live it differently. Amazon says: Part memoir, part travelogue, part practical guide, Notes from a Blue Bike takes you from a hillside in Kosovo to a Turkish high-rise to the congested city of Austin to a small town in Oregon. It chronicles schooling quandaries and dinnertime dilemmas, as well as entrepreneurial adventures and family excursions via plane, train, automobile, and blue cruiser bike. This was a refreshing encouragement that we can live simply in a complicated world. Memoir
- Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim’s Tale//Ian Morgan Cron – Join Chase Falson on his life-changing journey to Italy where, with a curious group of Franciscan friars, he struggles to resolve his crisis of faith by retracing the footsteps of Francis of Assisi, a saint whose simple way of loving Jesus changed the history of the world (Amazon). This was a gorgeous work of fiction that also taught me a lot of history about St. Francis. Fiction
This is JUST the beginning – and I’ve actually taken many of your suggestions as books to add to my list. If you have additional suggestions, please comment below! I’m looking for books that were important to your development as a person, in your faith, or as a learner. Thanks in advance for your suggestions!
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