I’ve shared before my incessant love for reading. I commented on this in an earlier post at the beginning of my time in Brazil. My sabbatical has only deepened and widened this love for the written word.
Over these last 90 days I’ve read 32 books cover-to-cover and excerpts of others including the Bible. Below you can peruse my reading list. Before the long list, I mention a few works that are MORE than worth the effort to read and ended up being ones I enjoyed the most on this journey.
Do the Work by Steven Pressfield
This simple and short eBook is pure inspiration for anyone who creates. Read it. Then do the work.
The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness by Timothy Keller
This little eBook must have originated as a sermon of Keller’s. It is rock solid and transformational. If you want to a better understand humility, pride and soak in the truth of forgetting yourself to be more like Jesus…read it!
The Hawk & The Dove Trilogy by Penelope Wilcock
Actually a series of three books, the storyline follows a group of monks in the 14th Century. Each inspirational story explores the love of God, man and the grace that abounds.
The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne
I loved this book. I’m not a raging Verne-aholic, but I like his stuff. This is simply a fun read that challenges your thinking on human behavior and our ability to create!
The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer
Words can’t summarize anything Tozer wrote, but this is his finest work. Prophetic, provocative and transformational. A must read if you want to walk with Jesus.
The Reason for God by Timothy Keller
A must read for everyone…this is an intellectually challenging yet easy to read examination of all the apologetics behind God, Jesus and why we exist.
Other books I read:
1984 by George Orwell
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
A Night to Remember by Walter Lord
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
All is Grace by Brennan Manning
An Honest Look at a Mysterious Journey by John & Joanna Stumbo
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Become Like Jesus by Mindy Caligure
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Enemies of the Heart by Andy Stanley
From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne
Hinds Feet for High Places by Hannah Hurnard
How Will You Measure Your Life by Clayton Christensen
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Pursuing God’s Will Together by Ruth Haley Barton
Reboot Your Life by Allen, Bearg, Foley and Smith
Round the Moon by Jules Verne
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis
The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Radical Disciple by John Stott