Turning 40 has not been that overwhelming for me; that would be my new born daughter’s job. It does leave me thinking about some of the influences in my life over the years. I have really enjoyed reading more as I have gotten older. Here is a list of ten books I think have had the greatest impact in my life and that I will turn to again and again for insight and wisdom.
1. The Bible. My conversation with God is helped by nothing greater than this book.
2. The Master Plan of Evangelism by Robert Coleman. This book taught me that people are not projects. The Christian faith is about living life together in community.
3. The Prodigal God by Tim Keller. This book taught me that that I can’t put a bigger smile on Jesus’ face than is already there.
4. The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis. My first book I ever read on my own was A Horse and His Boy. Probably my favorite book in the entire series.
5. The Great Divorce by CS Lewis. This book helped me fall in love with theology. It helped me see my faith as something that is real beyond mere words.
6. Holy Sweat by Tim Hansel. This book helped me develop discipline in my life.
7. The Cross of Christ by John Stott. This book constantly reminds me of how amazing Jesus really is today.
8. The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan. My first book where the Christian faith was laid out in a way I could understand it.
9. Future Grace by John Piper. Taught me to rely on God even when I don’t really want to.
10. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsk. My first English teacher in college assigned this book for us to read. It was the first English teacher I had that believed in my ability to read something difficult.