10 Favorite Books of 2011

1. Radical (David Platt) 
Rethinking the American dream in relationship to the implications and commands of the Gospel.  Platt calls American Christians to look beyond material comforts and take the Great Commission more seriously.

2. Think (John Piper)
Piper encourages believers to think hard and interact with the Biblical text on a more intellectual level, not to beef up the brain but with the understanding that greater knowledge of God's Word and truth leads to greater worship.

3. Money, Greed, and God (Jay Richards)
Debunks the idea that capitalism, wealth creation, and money is inherently evil.  Clearly illustrate the inconstancies found in communist ideology, a hatred for money, and the idea that poverty equals godliness.

4. Church Planter: The Man, The Message, The Mission (Darrin Patrick)
Pastors are called to be men who have a firm hold on doctrinal truth, a focus on the calling of God on their lives, and the ability to lead themselves, their families, and others.

5. American Assassin (Vince Flynn)
Another Vince Flynn classic fictional novel based on secret agents, criminals, and a man who is simply unstoppable (Mitch Rapp).  This is the story of Rapp's recruitment and development as an undercover government agent.

6. Sam Walton: Made in America (Sam Walton)
Autobiography of the Walmart story.  Very interesting read and insightful look into the man who started the world's largest public company.

7. Always True: God's 5 Promises When Life is Hard (James MacDonald)
This book meant a lot to me during some hard times in 2011.  Focused on 5 promises from God's Word that can sustain all believers who build their lives on them.

8. The Cross and the Switchblade (David Wilkerson)
Amazing story of a man who followed the Holy Spirit's leading.  Some really inspiring story's of God working miracles in the life of a man who trusted him for provision in all things.  Chronicles the development of Teen Challenge.

9. Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters (Tim Keller)
Everything Keller writes is thought provoking, intellectually challenging yet readable, and insightful.  This book challenges believers to analyze themselves to try and determine what we may be relying on for salvation besides Christ.


10.  Prince Caspian (C. S. Lewis)
I was blown away with the deep symbolism and the ability off Lewis to incite worship of Christ in the heart of the reader while reading a fictional story.  This book reads quickly and is laced with metaphor illustrating doctrine and truth.


Honorable Mention
High Exposure (Breashears); When Life's Not Working: 7 Choices for a Better Tomorrow (Merritt); The Wal-Mart Effect (Fishman); The 100 Thing Challenge (Bruno); The Checklist Manifesto (Gawande); Clutch: Why Some People Excel Under Pressure and Others Don't (Sullivan); The Art of Racing in the Rain (Stein)
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