My Favorite Books of 2016

Up until a few years ago, I could not say I had read more than five books in my life time. Then, one day, I heard someone say, “Readers are leaders and leaders are readers.” That stuck with me and I slowly began developing the discipline of reading more. For the past few years now, I consistently read at least 100+ books a year and believe me, if I can do it you can do it. I’ll write another time on some tips to make it happen. You can also read a great article by Michael Hyatt’s about the importance of reading. For now, in NO PARTICULAR ODERS, here were some of my favorite books of 2016.

DISCLAIMER: These are on a variety of topics from a variety of genres.

The Revenant (Michael Punke)- This book reminds me that I have never really had a bad day.
Mentoring 101 (John Maxwell)- Great for learning about relational mentoring.
Silohs, Politics, and Turf Wars (Patrick Lencioni)- Managing office politics.
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whale Ship Essex (Nathaniel Philbrick)- I’m a sucker for true stories.
Leadership: Zig Ziglar (Zig Ziglar)- I need a good dose of Ziglar in my life constantly.
Lasting Impact (Carey Nieuwof)- Great strategies
Being George Washington (Glenn Beck)- One of the greatest leaders in history but goes unnoticed by many.
Unqualified (Steven Furtick)- Everyone should read this book.
Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success (Steve Harvey)- Steve is really smart about planning strategies to be successful.
The 5 1/2 Mile High Club (Craig Wendel)- Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Read it three times.
It Worked For Me (Colin Powell)- Great leadership principles and stories.
Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices & Priorities of a Winning Life (Tony Dungy)- Who doe not like Dungy?
Unashamed (Lecrae)-  Lecrae’s honestly and journey are worthy of our respect.
Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters (Meg Meeker)- I could sum up this book as, “Be a strong man. Be there for your girls. Let her know she can trust you.”
The God I Never Knew (Robert Morris)- Amazing book on the Holy Spirit. Every believer should read it.
Life Without Limits (Nick Vujicic)- Wow. Heard this guy in person then had to read his book. Brought me to tears more than once.
The Pastor (Eugene Peterson)- One of the true ‘gems’ of our generation. Peterson should be more highly regarded than he is.
Bringing Adam Home (Joe standiford)- I read this book because I was being critical one of day of John Walsh’s no-nonsense attitude. A friend said I would be the same way toward criminals if I had the same story. After reading the story of what happened to Adam, I will never say another word about John Walsh. (No recommended for all readers but something everyone should at least know about. You will never let your kids roam unattended again.)
No One But God- Allah or Jesus (Nabell Qureshi)- Especially with the influx of Islam in America, everyone should read this book about a man who reluctantly realized Jesus was the only way to God.
Heavenly Man (Paul Hattaway)- Every Western Christian should read this book. Then I dare you to complain about being “persecuted” for your faith or complain about the church not offering enough events for you.
Kingdom Man (Tony Evans)- Every man should read this book annually.
Quantum Christianity (Aaron Davis)- Great book about how science is continually explaining God and not the other way around. Made me look more closely at the ‘string theory’. Amazing.
Replenish (Lance Whitt)- Good book about taking a personal sabbath and slowing down.
The Divine Mentor (Wayne Cordero)- Promotes daily devotions.
Failing Forward (John Maxwell)- Book for every leader.
The Long Walk to Freedom (Nelson Mandela)- Amazing story. Amazing life.
Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief (James McPherson)- Great leadership book. Teaches great principles about growing your leadership in less than ideal circumstances.
Chasing the Lion (Mark Batterson)- Encouraging book about pursuing your dreams.
Salt of the Sea (Ruta Sepetys)- Fiction book but was a great read. Good for leisurely reading.
How We Got the Bible (Neil Lightfoot)- Always amazed at how we got our current Bible translations.

If I had to pick ONE BOOK out of them all as my favorite, it would be “The Pastor” by Eugene Peterson. I am a sucker for biographies and it was in his book that I learned the phrase “A long obedience in the same direction.” For me, this means staying right where I am at and growing the Kingdom of God in my city for the rest of my life and not just when it is convenient. “The Pastor” spoke to me in many areas of life.

Do you have a favorite book of 2016? What was it? Share in the comment section below.

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