My Top Three Books from 2016
I have found that reading is a great way to push myself and expand my thinking. The best part about reading is that it stirs my thoughts and helps me think through situations or circumstances I find myself in. It also has a way of relaxing and energizing me.
2016 was a year of transition for me and the first part of the year provided extra time for reading. As a whole, 2016 was a big year of reading for me.
My top three books this year had to be:
Each book, in their various ways, helped me think deeper about my work and helped in understanding myself and others better.
Another book called Recovering the Scandal of the Cross, was in the running for top books for me this year as well and perhaps you could say it is number four. It has been a while since I’ve read a more direct theological book; it pushed me on how I communicate about Jesus, and to re-look at what the significance of Jesus’ death to our culture is. I suspect I will come back to this book again as I wrestle with its topic.
The book I think that may take the number one spot for me this year is Emotionally Healthy Spirituality. I did a write up of my take away from Emotionally Healthy Spirituality here – http://matthewlaker.com/emotionally-healthy-spirituality-by-peter-scazzero/
I meant to have written my takeaways for the book The Art of Being Broken, but never had the chance to. I actually know the author, which is really cool. The book came into my life in the beginning of 2016 and at the time, I needed its message. There’s a good chance this is why it was in my top three. Maybe you need its message too.
I have also listed below other books I completed reading this year. Perhaps there is one there for you in the year ahead. Do you have any recommendations for me?
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The books I read in 2016
The Jonah Complex: Rediscovering the Outrageous Grace of God by Greg Haslam – I did not read it all