Sunday, January 16

My 'Top Ten' favorite books for 2010

Here's my list of favorite reads for 2010. They aren't in any particular order, but all are 5-Star, must-read books. If you force me to choose the best of the ten (and please do not ask me to do so!) I would have to go with the first three titles. But truly each book below is well worth the time it takes to read.

Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream by David Platt was probably the most challenging read of the year for me personally. Click here for a video promo that gives an excellent overview of what this challenging book is about. If you can watch this video and not feel convicted, you are way too immersed in the American Dream!

Church 3.0: Upgrades for the Future of the Church by Neil Cole. Very helpful and practical stuff for anyone involved in organic church planting. To view a short video by Neil about the book click here. This title is an excellent follow-up to Cole's classic "Organic Church Planting."

Heaven by Randy Alcorn. For years I'd heard references to this book but had somehow not gotten around to reading Alcorn's comprehensive study on the subject of Heaven. This book recharged my spiritual batteries like few others have done.

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller. After loving his Blue Like Jazz I was eager to read more from this unique writer. This title and the next below, "Through Painted Deserts" were both gems. Check out this video review to see if you too might be drawn in to reading this great book.

Through Painted Deserts by Donald Miller is a book that the author describes as "...the beginning of a long trail of walking away from home, from religion and from an American version of Christianity."

Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer. Whether you agree or not with Joyce Meyer's teachings, I personally found this to be an honest and helpful read. The biggest battles we fight are in our minds and Joyce helps with many practical and Biblical helps.

No Graven Image by Elisabeth Elliot. My own review of this novel that engages the graven images we conjure in our minds about God can be read here.

Sheet Music: Uncovering the Secrets of Sexual Intimacy in Marriage by Kevin Leman. This book is about what the title says it is about, and in vivid detail!

Nobody can tell a story better than Jeffrey Archer. Few things in life bring me as much pleasure as sitting down with anything this man writes. And Thereby Hangs a Tale is his latest and sixth collection of short stories. Each is a gem with ten of the fifteen stories based on true events.

I have read many books over the years about prayer, but Philip Yancey's Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? is one of the best on the subject that I have ever read. In typical Yancey fashion he gets into the tough questions and doesn't try to sugar-coat the answers. If you struggle with your prayer life, this is a great place to find some help. Check out this video if still wondering whether this book is for you.

I still have a pile of books on hand acquired in 2010 that I have yet to get around to reading. I know several of these titles should be on this year's list, but until I actually read them, will have to wait before appearing on any lists!

What are were some of your favorite titles of books read in 2010? Please share in the comments below some of the more meaningful books you read last year.

6 comments:

Connie said...

Great list, Guy. I have read a few of these, but you've aroused my curiosity about a few others. I'm pretty sure I read too much "fluff" and need to stretch my mind more often.

GuyMuse said...

Connie,

I read a lot of "fluff" too, but those titles don't make it into my 'Top Ten' list!

Taiwan Prattler said...

I'm reading "Heaven" now too and already thinking it'll be in my 2011 top read list... Battlefield of the Mind was a favorite from a couple of years ago, as were two of Miller's books. None of these would be "fluff" in my opinion, but I certainly read a few others that would qualify unfortunately...

GuyMuse said...

Taiwan,

Sounds like we read a lot of the same kinds of books. Thanks for stopping by and for leaving a comment.

andrew said...

I've read a few of these books and agree with your comments. A couple other "highly recommended" from me are:

1) Compelled by Love - Heidi Baker
2) You See Bones I See an Army - Floyd McClung

Andrew

GuyMuse said...

Andrew,

Thanks for the recommendations. I'll have to check these out.