Here are ten books I’m glad I encountered in 2013.
Brene Brown‘s “data with a soul” may be the most important book you read for awhile. She lays out issues of shame and authenticity in a way that make you feel known. You will be a better human if you read this book.
Prodigal Christianity: 10 Signposts into the Missional Frontier
David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw
Ecclesia Network friends Fitch and Holsclaw’s pitch for missional neo-Anabaptism. It’s important.
Faiths in Conflict?
One of the best books I read in MAGL. Comparative religions written by a Christian from Sri Lanka.
The Social Animal
David Brooks parable using brain science, behavioral economics and even a pitch for neo-federalism. You might not buy his politics, but he is a model thinker.
Don’t let the ridiculous title fool you. It’s a story about the adventures of life, addiction and where the divine fit in.
The Matrix meets Raiders of the Lost Ark. Do not read if you are a charismatic Christian with thin skin.
The Power of Habit
How habits work. Read if you want to be a better human. Read especially if any part of your life contains the word “discipleship.”
God is: With us—For us—Ahead of us.
Nothing fans haven’t heard Rob say before, but written for a different audience. The Love Wins fiasco has forced Rob to find a new audience outside the evangelical world. This is a pretty good pitch.
Amir Levine and Rachel Heller
An introduction to Attachment theory. Great reading if you’re asking “why am I still single.”
Grimms fairy tales meets Friends. So much fun.