Top Books so Far in 2013

July 1, 2013

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The regular visitors of NoSuperHeroes know I enjoy reading, often a lot! Last year I read 72 books!

Well, this year I am far from that total. Life, as it has a way of doing, has not been kind to my reading output of this year.

Having said that, I have read enough to make some recommendations for the next half-year.

So whether it is summer reading by the pool in the Northern hemisphere, or by the fire under a blanket in the South; here are some great titles to check out! My Top Books (in no particular order):


By: Chris

1. Love Works: Seven Timeless Principles for Effective Leaders by Joel Manby. He is the President and CEO at Herchend Family Entertainment, a company operating theme parks and tourist activities around the United States. Manby also appeared on an episode of the television show, Undercover Boss.

The premise of the book is caring for people works towards successful leadership, whether in ministry or business, He goes through many of the qualities of love listed in 1 Corinthians 13 (the love chapter), showing how these traits can impact a business. It is a fantastic read. You can read more about it at my post 4 Considerations for a Leader to Extend Forgiveness.

2. Leading with a Limp: Take Full Advantage of Your Most Powerful Weakness by Dan Allender. “God loves reluctant leaders and, even better, he loves reluctant leaders who know they are frightened, confused, and broken.” 

The preceding quotes come from Allender. A great look at Biblical leadership and how it is often different than what the world promotes. In God’s kingdom, weakness is a strength, dependence is advised, and community becomes of great value. For a full review, see my post by the same name.

3.  How People Grow: What the Bible Reveals About Personal Growth by Henry Cloud and John Townsend. I reviewed this just the other day, so I will not repeat myself more than to say, this is hands down the best book on discipleship I have ever read.

4. The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God by Tim Keller. Also a recent review, Keller gives a practical look at marriage and examples of how we can improve our own and others.

and a Fiction special…

5. The Tenth Justice by Brad Metzler.  A page turning novel mixes the best of the legal and thriller genre. If you have never heard of Brad Metzler, you should take a look!

What is the best book you have read so far this year? 

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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