Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Books - My favorites

Over the past two years a number of people have asked me to put together a list of books that are my favorites.  Well, here's a first draft.  I'd love to hear what your favorite books are as well.

A few of my favorites…..

Gratitude in all things
ONE THOUSAND GIFTS - Ann Voskamp

Best books with the worst titles
Strong Women Soft Hearts - Paula Rinehart (terrible title, but incredible book)
Keep Your Love On - Danny Silk (another terrible title, but incredible book)
Shattered Dreams - Larry Crabb (my favorite book of all time)

It’s like sitting down with a good friend and talking about life
Bittersweet - Shauna Niequist
Cold Tangerines - Shauna Niequist
Bread and Wine - Shauna Niequist

Wise old sages
The Papa Prayer - Larry Crabb
Becoming a True Spiritual Community - Larry Crabb
A Severe Mercy - Sheldon VanAuken
A Grace Disguised - Jerry Sittser
A Grief Observed - C.S. Lewis 
The Great Divorce - C.S. Lewis
Transforming Grace - Jerry Bridges
The Furious Longing of God - Brennan Manning
When Heaven is Silent - Ron Dunn
Thinking Spiritually - John Owen

Children’s books that are really for adults too
At the Back of the North Wind - George Macdonald
Sir Gibbie - George Macdonald
Chronicles of Narnia - C.S.Lewis
All of the Anne of Green Gables books - L.M. Montgomery

Challenges me to live a better story
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years - Donald Miller
7 - Jen Hatmaker
Birthing the Miraculous - Heidi Baker
Love Does - Bob Goff

Advent
The Greatest Gift - Ann Voskamp

Spiritual Direction/Formation
The Wounded Healer - Henri Nouwen
Spiritual Formation - Henri Nouwen

Honest Leadership
Leading With a Limp - Dan Allender
Leading On Empty - Wayne Cordiero

Favorite emerging author
Prototype - Jonathan Martin

Sabbatical Reads
A Testament of Devotion - Thomas R. Kelly
Soul Keeping - John Ortberg
Care of Souls - David Benner

Challenging
Jesus Feminist - Sarah Bessey (before you choke on your drink and label me a heretic, read it!)
Half the Church - Carolyn James
When Life and Beliefs Collide - Carolyn James
Fully Alive - Larry Crabb (femininity and masculinity - amazing!!)

Fiction
Invention of Wings - Sue Monk Kidd
UNBROKEN - Laura Hillenbrand

Politics, but more focus on the relational aspects of the Presidency
Decision Points - George W. Bush
The Presidents Club - Gibbs & Duffy

The ONLY good book I’ve ever read about singleness because she is honest and not cliche’
Revelations of a Single Woman - Connaly Gilliam

Studies or Devotionals
31 Days to Coming Alive - Jen Hand
Breaking Free - Beth Moore
Revolution Within and Experiencing Christ Within - Dwight Edwards
The Prodigal God - Tim Keller
A Place of Quiet Rest - Nancy Demoss
Joshua - D.R. Davis
1 & 2 Samuel - D.R. Davis

I read this every year when I need rest
Gift from the Sea - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

About the “other” - Men
What’s He Really Thinking? - Paula Rinehart 
Wild at Heart - John Eldredge

A favorite tool for growth of my students and staff women
Changes That Heal - Henry Cloud

Amazing People
The Hiding Place - Corrie Ten Boom
Spiritual Secrets of Hudson Taylor - Lance Wubbels
The Knowledge of the Holy - A.W. Tozer

Kick fear to the curb and live out your calling
Undaunted - Christine Caine

Commentaries
Any commentary by Dale Ralph Davis

Puritan prayers
The Valley of Vision 

Finances
Women & Money - Suze Orman

A few of my faves from grad school
Lettters to a Young Therapist - Mary Pipher
Addiction & Grace - Gerald May
The Gift of Therapy - Irvin Yalom
MODERN PSYCHOPATHOLOGIES: A Comprehensive Christian Appraisal
Let Your Life Speak - Parker Palmer