Updated: Feb 14, 2019
If you know me well, you'd know that I love reading. So as we're coming into Christmas and approaching the end of the year, I figured I'd take the time to share with you some of my favorite books of 2018. These books would make amazing Christmas presents for friends and family, or a book from this list could be that one gift you buy for yourself. Either way... check 'em out!
1. Kill The Spider - Carlos Whittaker
One of the best books I've ever read in my life. I don't know that my words would even really do it justice but, if you're looking for a Christian Life book that will actually change your life, this is it!
2. Capital Gaines - Chip Gaines
Most people recognize the name as Chip and Joanna Gaines, the stars of HGTV's Fixer Upper. This is Chip's book sub-titled "Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff," and does not disappoint. Capital Gaines is a business book great for entrepreneurs, visionaries, and idealists, but it's also so much more. This is the type of book that lights a fire in your belly to go out and make a difference in the world and my favorite part is, it's unashamedly Jesus-loving.
3. Traveling Light - Max Lucado
I led a church connect group where we went through this book. It is amazing the inner healing the guys in my connect group experienced as they learned to release the burdens they were never intended to bear. This is a spiritual guidance book that is uniquely challenging and comforting at the same time. I recommend everyone on earth read this one!
4. Extravagant Worship - Darlene Zschech
One of my favorite books of all time! My friends know that Darlene Zschech is one of my role models and heroes, and this book has taught me so much about worship. I read it for the first time about 5 years ago, but re-read it every year because I'm so deeply moved by the way Darlene writes about the heart of worship.
5. Wild At Heart - John Eldredge
This is a book that set me free to really live out the things that I love, even things like this blog! It's a men's book, written to help men unlock the parts of their hearts that lay dormant, just waiting to be awakened. I highly recommend this to any man yearning to discover more about his purpose.
6. Messy Grace - Caleb Kaltenbach
There are many problems that Christians face today, and one of the biggest is how to love people who are different than us. I believe, as a whole, we could do much better at building relationships with people different from us and this book is a guide for how to do that. If you want to be stretched and challenged, as well as read a powerful life story, this is the book for you.
7. Zero Hour - Clive Cussler
I usually have a fiction book I'm reading, and that book is almost always a Clive Cussler adventure novel, most preferably from the NUMA Files series. Cussler's books are always an escape for me into a fantastic adventure that pulls me deeper and deeper into the plot. This book is my favorite I've read of the series this year.
8. Empowering Leadership - Michael Fletcher
Strategic books are not usually great page-turners for me, but this is the exception. Michael Fletcher pastors Manna Church in Fayetteville, NC, which is close to where I live, so I've seen the impact of his leadership. Manna Church is truly amazing, and Michael Fletcher is the real deal. This book will help you truly empower others in life around you, and propel you forward as you become the one to propel others forward.
9. Swipe Right - Levi Lusko
Technically I read this book in 2017, but it was so good that I had to add it to this list. Swipe Right is a biblical view on sex, dating, and purity. For a single guy wanting to date God's way, and have pure relationships, this book was one of the greatest encouragements I've ever been given.
10. Hallelujah Anyway - Anne Lamott
Anne Lamott is an interesting character, and writer. She offers a Christian look at God's mercy in our lives, but from a distinctly different perspective than mine, certainly one that is weathered and has been through many challenges in life. Hers is the type of writing that all but forces me to slow down and be still for a moment. If that's the moment you're looking for, this book is for you!