Someone once told me they love reading books because it makes them feel like they are having coffee and receiving advice from people knowledgeable in areas they want to know more about. The visual of receiving advice over coffee from a friend changed the way I read books. I love to read. I also love knowing who I am receiving advice from.
This list is my top five favorite books that I feel have left an impact on me. The ones I can’t stop talking about with people. I would love to hear your favorite books you have read this year and how they have impacted you as well. I’m working on a list of my all time favorite list of books, and I will be putting them on my new resource page soon!
(Please note that these aren’t books published in 2016, but simply books I’ve gotten around to reading in 2016. Also, the links I’ve included are affiliate links.)
I listened to this on audible while driving on a road trip. I realized about thirty minutes in that this was way too good of a book to listen to on audible while driving. I’m sad I don’t have notes from the entire book. It was full of so much history. Detailed history from the time leading up to Jesus’s birth, Jesus’s birth, and what happened after Jesus was born. Tim Keller thoroughly explains why Jesus’s birth was truly a miracle, and why He is what makes Christmas so magical.
One of my rules for myself is to read or re-read at least one John Maxwell book every year. I recently listened to a podcast on friendship. The speaker said her pet peeve when making new friends is when women talk about themselves too much.
This is so me. When someone asks me a question, I feel like I’m lying if I withhold any information. I tell them everything I know. The other person blank-stares me. The awkward silence causes me to keep talking.
This book is full of such great wisdom on how to be a better leader, better friend, and how to make other people feel important. John Maxwell walks his readers through several everyday life situations (for example: talking about yourself too much) and simple principles for application. My favorite is The Exchange Principle.
This is such an very important book. So many people struggle with who they really are. This book addresses the areas of identity we have either placed on ourselves, or we feel others have placed on us. The author explains how to find our true identity.
“What we desire cannot be our identity because our desires conflict! We are walking, talking bundles of contradictory desire. We have spiritual, material, sexual, emotional, and relational desires. We want to be healthy and we want to eat whatever tastes delicious.” -David Lomas
This is a book I couldn’t put down. I love closer looks into the lives of those who have made great impacts. Rosa Parks gives her perspective on history and race in America. This is an amazing story of a woman who had courage to take up for herself, even knowing there could be great consequences.
“Not standing up on the bus that night was a matter of self-respect. Every day of my life, I have to treat others with respect. I had expected and hoped that others would feel the same.” -Rosa Parks
This is not a Christian book. The author was a lawyer who spent years studying different personalities. This book is about introversion, but I would recommend it to any introvert or extrovert. This is also a great resource for parents who have an introverted child. Susan Cain clearly explains why introverts are so crucial in today’s society, and how they can best embrace their personalities.