Well, after a whopping 2 blog posts in 2017, here’s my first of 2018 – an annual tradition for me of posting the books I’ve read in the prior year.
- Dare to Serve – Bachelder
- Art of Neighboring – Pathak
- Jesus Feminist – Bessey
- The Sabbath: It’s meaning for Modern Man – Heschel
- The Power of Your Words – Morris
- Open (Audio) – Agassi
- The Worship Pastor – Hicks
- What is the Bible? – Bell
- Bonhoeffer (Audio) – Metaxas
- Love is an Orientation – Marin
- Originals: How Nonconformists Move the World – Grant
- How’s Your Soul? – Smith
- Where Nobody Knows Your Name: Life in the Minor Leagues (Audio) – Feinstein
- Macbeth – Shakespeare
- Leading on Empty – Cordeiro
- Uncommon Marriage – Dungy
- Born Standing Up (Audio) – Martin
- Shoe Dog: A memoir by the creator of Nike (Audio) – Knight
- The Book of Joy – Dalai Lama & Desmond Tutu
- Living in the Light – Piper
- Finding God in the Waves (Audio) – McHargue
- Steve Jobs (Audio) – Isaacson
- The Storyteller’s Secret (Audio) – Gallo
- Astrophysics for People in a Hurry (Audio) – Tyson
- The Soul of Shame: Retelling the stories we believe about ourselves – Thompson
- The Everything Store (Audio) – Stone
- Meet Generation Z – White
- Braving the Wilderness (Audio) – Brown
This was the year of the audiobook for me. I spend a lot of time in the car apparently (and I did a lot of housework painting and installing floors!), so listening to books became a great option for me. I can’t imagine listening to books that I would really want to read carefully or take notes in, but listening to biographies or just good stories seems like a pretty good fit.
I had a goal to read more biographies this year and that ended up being the highlight for me this year. I was fascinated by Andre Agassi’s story, of Bonhoeffer, Steve Jobs, Phil Knight, Steve Martin and Jeff Bezos.
I think one of the more significant books of the year for me was “The Book of Joy.” It was fascinating to read about the secret to a joyful life from two old spiritual giants. Their friendship and joy despite (maybe because of?) their hard lives was profoundly impacting for me.
Did you read any of these? What was your favorite book of 2017? What would you recommend I read next?