People are always asking me what books have most influenced me and my way of thinking. I didn’t have to think very long to come up with the list.
At the advice of one of my mentors, Phil, I keep a stack of books that I read each and every year on a shelf under my bedside table. You might think that would get monotonous, but it doesn’t. These writers have spoken truth into my life and have changed me spiritually. Many of you may not agree with everything they stand for personally, but this is not the point. Each time I read them I find nuggets of gold I wasn’t expecting. God is everywhere, you have to be able to see deeper. Look for the truth!
Wild at Heart by John Eldredge
Waking the Dead by John Eldredge
The Shack by William P. Young
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall & Denver Moore
The Dream Giver by Bruce Wilkinson
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller
The Cure by John Lynch, Bruce McNicol and Bill Thrall
Mindfulness in Plain English by Venerable Henepola Gunarata
Awareness by Anthony de Mello
These books are in no particular order of importance for me, but they have all impacted my thought process, my spirituality and my understanding of this life. They are all deep and abstract thinkers who are constantly asking questions and challenging stereotypes.
I also have a Message Bible by Eugene Peterson and I read the entire New Testament every year. Now you know.