I have a confession to make…When I was young, I thought reading was boring. That’s right, I’m an author who used to hate reading. I would have rather been doing almost anything else with my time. The older I get, the more I realize that reading (more than almost anything else) has helped me grow, connected me to new worlds, stretched my thinking and benefited my life in a myriad of ways.
In our fast-paced, modern world, it can be difficult to develop the discipline to slow down long enough to read a book. We like our information in bite-sized, on-demand, tweet-able lengths, but real wisdom doesn’t happen in a microwave; it happens in a crock pot! It takes time. There’s no substitute for a good book (not even a good blog…though I truly appreciate you reading this one)!
There have been hundreds of books that have shaped my life, and I’m not going to try to make this a “Top Twelve” list, because at different seasons of my life, my list of most important books would change. Instead, I’m going to share some books I’ve read recently that have impacted me deeply. I believe these books could have a profound impact in your life as well. I’m also giving special preference to books you might never have heard of before (even though many of these are bestsellers). I find great satisfaction in introducing someone to a hidden gem they might have never found otherwise.
If you read one of these books each month, in twelve months you will have completed the list and I believe your life could be better by this time next year. Seriously.
As a quick disclaimer, I’m not including the Bible on this list, because the Bible is in its own category. Read it daily! There are some great devotionals and free Bible reading plans available at Bible.com and it’s YouVersion Bible app. I’m also not including any books written by my amazing wife, Ashley or by me as much as I’d love to give a shameless plug for our own stuff.
So, without further ado, here are twelve books that could change your life (in no particular order)…