We see a lot of people doing “Best of 2011” lists this time of year. I wish I had the confidence to post the “best” definitively. No way am I falling into that trap. All I can do is share some of my favorites. I’ve read a lot, but here are a few books that enriched my life in 2011. (This is not an intense list. I saw a list of “25 Books Every Christian Should Read” – most of them a few hundred years old – and thought maybe I need to take it up a notch! ) Many of you may look at this and think, “Been there, read that, so last year.” I would love to hear your favorites too! Let’s swap.
Some non-fiction books that challenged and provoked me (in a good way):
Sun Stand Still by Steven Furtick
The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson
The Rest of God by Mark Buchanan
Love Wins by Rob Bell
Most practical, applicable book on leadership I read: Integrity by Henry Cloud Another great leadership book I’m reading now it Great by Choice by Jim Collins
Favorite Fiction (Clearly I was on a WWII kick):
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Guernsy Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Sarah’s Key by Julia Jarmond
The Soldier’s Wife by Margaret Leroy
Favorite Memoirs: Jesus, My Father the CIA and Me by Ian Morgan Cron
West With the Night by Beryl Markham (probably my favorite of the year)
I wrote down enough great quotes to fill a year of blogs, but here’s one I liked: “When God removes something from our lives it’s not because He’s trying to take away something good. It’s because He’s trying to make room for something better.” Stephen Furtick
I’ve probably forgotten some, but that’s what comes to mind as favorites. Your turn! I’d love to hear your suggestions!