The Book of Books & A Reading List

I’ve always enjoyed reading a good book. I remember my childhood summers being spent with my head in another world. When I think of those books I think of summer and being in our backyard pool, laying out in the sun, and rolling off of the pool float to sit at the bottom of the pool. I can even taste the macaroni & cheese from scratch being washed down with a cup of strawberry Kool-Aid. That was the life, the American Dream in the eyes of an eleven year old.

When I’m deep into a book it influences the way I see the world around me. The characters become tangible people – I know them and I feel what they feel. The storyline becomes a filter over how I see the landscape around me. It is remarkable how a good author can take you somewhere you’ve never been and also bring you back to the place where you first read the book.

The Bible has that same effect. The words come off the page, into your thoughts and form a lens that influences the way you see the world around you. When you submerge yourself in the word of God you can’t help but see people the way He sees them. The people who wear a hardened face and carry an unapproachable demeanor, you begin to see their internal pain. Through the lens of love you see that they need healing, hope, and a hug {if you’re bold}. We were not created to live a ‘you can’t sit with us’ kind of life, we’re not superior to one another, we need our lenses to be refined. God’s word carries power and influence. I challenge you to read it. If you don’t know where to start, Matthew to the end of the Bible will be plenty to get your mind thinking. I’m in the old testament now and only a few books short of finishing it one time through, then I will start the process again, then again.

Aside from the Bible, I set my reading goal this year at twenty books and I’m right on track. Yes, I have a reading goal because I have a deep appreciation for KPIs. I’ve included some of the books I’ve set to read below. If you’ve read any of these please leave a comment. Also, what books have deeply impacted you? I’m always adding to my list and interested to know what your favorites are.


The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

One Minute Psalm by C. Randall Free

Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together by Ron Hall & Denver Moore

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

The Good Stuff: A Guidebook to Finishing Strong by Havilah Cunnington

The Guardian (The O’Malley Series #2) by Dee Henderson

The Complete C. S. Lewis Signature Classics by C. S. Lewis

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott

How to Interpret Dreams and Visions: Understanding God’s Warnings and Guidance by Perry Stone

Authentic: Developing the Disciplines of a Sincere Faith by James Macdonald



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