Boy do I ever. Readers are leaders y’all. Where to start?
1. Pick a book of the Bible.
Cliche answer? Maybe but I don’t care. I’m going through Kelly Minter’s Nehemiah study with some girls at church and am loving it. Pick a book/study and ask 3 good girl friends to do it with you.
2. Some other great Jesus reads?
Shadow of the Almighty by Elisabeth Elliot. I read this the fall of my freshman year of college and it totally and completely changed my perspective of Christian living.
Passion & Purity. Another one by Elisabeth Elliot. I read this immediately following “Shadow” because I was so taken with her story. It’s old school and very conservative but I still think a phenomenal read for today. Again, life changing for me.
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller. I read this in 2011 and loved it. It’s simple and an easy read, but each chapter (usually only 2-3 pages) will tug at your heart and challenge you in some way.
Love Does by Bob Goff. I just finished reading this. Similar to “A Million Miles”, it’s simple, easy, yet has a delightful depth to it.
Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung. I give this book to any 18-25 year old I can. Want to know what “God’s will” is for your life? Read this book.
3. Fiction reads?
The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I know you’ve heard of it. Shame on you if you haven’t read it yet. I promise you won’t regret it. I’ll give you your money back if you do.
The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst. This is the book for you if you love a good murder mystery mixed with legit literature. I just read it in January. It’s a strange blend of mystery-entertainment with deep, emotional, thought provoking fiction.
The Shipping News by E. Anne Proulx. I read this book in high school and just picked it up again. A slow, but amazing story about a man at the end of his rope and his search for something new. Don’t pick this up if you don’t like a good, slow character development story. This is not the Hunger Games.
4. Nonfiction reads?
The Birth Order Book by Kevin Leman. I just finished this book and LOVED it. It’s an easy but fascinating read. Learn about why you are the way you are based on where you fall in the sibling line up in your family.
Want something a bit more challenging than “Birth Order”? Anatomy of the Soul by Curt Thompson is just that. You’ve gotta put your thinking cap on to read this one, but it is pretty unreal. Neuroscience meets psychology meets spirituality.
Blink by Malcom Gladwell. I’m currently reading this and loving it. All about our “gut reaction,” how we can make decisions and even train our gut to be more precise.
So there’s just a handful to get you started. What do you like to read? What’s the best book you’ve read in 2012?