Best Books of 2016


Each year I read quite a few books and while I don’t recommend everything I read, I thought there were some that might interest you. In no particular order, this is the list of books I read this past year that I found the most helpful/interesting/challenging/inspiring.

Quiet by Susan Cain. Quiet challenges the reader's assumptions regarding 1/3 of the world's population: introverts. This book will change how you see introverts as well as unleash the power of the introvert within you.

Humilitas by John Dickson. Humility, Dickson argues, is the single-most important leadership virtue needed today. The greatest leaders throughout history are considered humble is some form or fashion. This is a great read for those who desire to cultivate humility.

Epic of Eden by Sandra Richter. This is a great book to read as you study the Old Testament. Richter gives the reader an organizing framework for understanding the movement of the OT centered around the five key covenantal figures: Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and David.

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg is a wonderful book that helps you understand science behind habit formation. It's also an intriguing read for those interested learning about the habits of successful organizations/companies as Duhigg focuses on keystone habits of flourishing businesses.

Switch by Chip Heath & Dan Heath. The subtitle to this book says it all, "How to Change Things When Change is Hard." The authors tackle an incredibly tough area, but give an incredible amount of insight on how to enact change. 

Prototype by Jonathan Martin is a delightful book. Martin helps the reader to understand what it means to be beloved by completely trust, as Jesus did, that God loves you...and to be confident of who you are in Christ and purpose. 

Counter Culture by David Platt. This book is a must read for anyone who takes the claims of Christ (particularly) and Scripture (broadly) seriously as he guides the reader on what Scripture has to say about the hotly debated topics of today, including: same sex marriage, sexual identity, orphan & widow care, immigration, and racism. This is a fantastic book! I highly recommend.

Staying is the New Going by Alan Briggs. Alan is a good friend and a genuine disciple-maker. This book reminds you that you don't have to go any further than across to the street to make a difference in the world. If you believe "the grass is greener on the other side of the fence," then this book is for you. You'll be challenged to start watering the grass you're standing on now.