Top 10 Books I’ve Read in 2012

December 17, 2012

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I spend a lot of time reading. In fact, this year in addition to many blogs and news sites, I have read more than 70 books (including fiction). (for a complete list, click here)

I have picked my Top 10 books I’ve read in 2012. Many are ones I have reviewed on this site. Take a look! There are many great Christmas ideas, or even suggestions for what to do with those gift cards!

(in no particular order…)

Deep & Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend. This book changed how I think about teaching. It challenged me to ensure my message applies to the unchurched as well; so one day they can be churched! Read my full review HERE.

Living Rich by Spending Smart: How to Get More of What You Really Want. I’ve read a lot about money. This includes money-saving tips for all walks of life. I can almost guarantee you will find a new idea to apply today.

Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship, and Life Together. A bold and honest look at one of the greatest needs in society; marriage. Read my review HERE.

One Big Thing: Discovering What You Were Born to Do. This book was instrumental in defining my vision and helping me embrace why God put me on the planet. Read my thoughts HERE.

Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine. Classic Lucado: easy to read, but deep applications. Read my full review HERE.

Cross-Cultural Servanthood: Serving the World in Christlike Humility. Hands down the best missions book I have read; a re-read every few years. Read my full review HERE.

The Cure: What If God Isn’t Who You Think He Is And Neither Are You. Considers the difference between Pleasing God and Trusting Him . So good, I review it over THREE days!

Jesus + Nothing = Everything. One of the best books on grace I have read (and I have read a lot!). See some of the most quotable excerpts HERE.

Jesus + Nothing = Everything

Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10. Page turning and inspiring look at what troops fighting for freedom face every day. Many spiritual parallels as well.

Fresh Air: Trading Stale Spiritual Obligation for a Life-Altering, Energizing, Experience-It-Everyday Relationship with God. A fresh, revealing look at breathing life into our everyday pursuit of God. Click HERE for the full review.

Fiction Special

The Hunger Games. Best fiction book I have read in years, even better than the movie in its character development. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. Read about some of the parallels with grace HERE.


What would you add to this list for 2012?
What is the first book you plan on reading in 2013?

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A missionary teacher for 24 years currently living in South Africa. I am a recovering superhero, daily in need of the grace of God