This a personal list. I love writing, but that’s because I really love reading. And these 7 books go beyond fun, nice or even helpful… they have literally been life changing.
7 Books To Transform Your Life:
1. Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything – This book will train your brain to remember things (lists, events, numbers, verses) with humor and intelligence. I read it because Bill Gates recommended it to me (via Twitter) (to me and other 5 million followers) But since the richest (and one of the most generous) man in the world told me to do it, I went ahead and did it.
If you want to live a memorable life, you have to be the kind of person who remembers to remember. -Joshua Foer
2. Wanted: A Spiritual Pursuit Through Jail, Among Outlaws, and Across Borders – Yes, this is one of those books. The kind that make you question your faith, and not because they are condemning you, but actually because the authors’ life is exactly what you want your own life to be. My favorite book of 2015.
Interweaving his own story with moving vignettes and gritty experiences in hidden places, a jail chaplain and minister to Mexican gang and migrant worker communities chronicles his spiritual journey to the margins of society and reveals a subversive God who’s on the loose beyond the walls of the church, pursuing those who are unwanted by the world.
Both wonder and terror await, I’d argued, when you allow yourself to trust and follow the Holy Spirit. Rarely does the Spirit look like what you’d think. -Chris Hoke
3. The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible – The only book that has made me laugh out loud in public, repeatedly. It was written by an agnostic who decided to spend 365 days living (trying) exactly like it’s recommended in Scripture. The revelation he receives as he tries his best to follow the law of Moses and the teachings of Jesus are outstanding (and again, hilarious).
There’s a beauty to forgiveness, especially forgiveness that goes beyond rationality. Unconditional love is an illogical notion, but such a great & powerful one – A.J. Jacobs
4. Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela – Yes, this book is very long. And yes, this book is worth reading 10 times in a lifetime. My copy has the wrinkle of tears on the last 15 pages. I finished the book though sobs of conviction and joy (and probably a healthy sense of achievement, because the book is so long).
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. -Nelson Mandela
5. A Tale of three Kings: A Study in Brokenness – I read this book because I was told too at the School of Ministry in Toronto. Still, I read it every year (because my heart tells me too). If you have ever struggled with your bosses, leaders, pastors or any kind of spiritual authority, this book is for you. You can read it in less than a day, but it will travel in your soul for at least 6 months. Until your pride needs it again.
King David seemed to grasp a deep understanding of the unfolding drama in which he had been caught. He seemed to understand something that few of even the wisest men of his day understood…God wanted a broken vessel. -Gene Edwards
6. The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical – This is probably the most challenging book I have read. It takes the life and words of Jesus so seriously, that it’s offensive. The author truly walks the walk and after you read his incredible stories, you might just try to follow Jesus again and again.
“We do need to be born again, since Jesus said that to a guy named Nicodemus. But if you tell me I have to be born again to enter the Kingdom of God, I can tell you that you have to sell everything you have and give it to the poor, because Jesus said that to one guy, too. But I guess that’s why God invented highlighers, so we can highlight the parts we like and ignore the rest.” – Shane Claiborne
7. I Will Teach You To Be Rich – I know. Dumb title. And I wanted to tell myself, “No I don’t want to be rich… I want to be holy, I want to transform the world etc” But I was amazed how ungodly I was with my personal finances and how little world-changing I was going to achieve if I was constantly in debt. This very non-christian book was a God send from heaven. Read it 5 years ago. I have been debt free since. No joke.
The easiest way to manage your money is to take it one step at a time—and not worry about being perfect. -Ramit Sethi
*Let me know your favorite book. Would love to create a new list with our combination of suggestions. #NerdsUnite
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