My top 10 books from 2014

My blog as been stagnant for a while now due to travels and the fact that we’ve moved house.  Now that we’ve settled into the new place, it’s time for my annual first post of the year – the top books of the previous year.  2014 wasn’t a prolific reading year for me – 24 in total but there were some good ones in there!  Here are the ones which made me think, made me as questions and/or I simply enjoyed reading followed by a quote from the book:

1. A Loving Life by Paul Miller

“Love is what holds all things together, it’s what we’re looking for, it’s what we all need and it’s what we must learn how to give.  But loving people is hard.”

2. How God Became King by N. T. Wright

“the radically new thing God did was nevertheless the thing he’d always promised”

3. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

“Change might not be fast and it isn’t always easy. But with time and effort, almost any habit can be reshaped.”

4. The Dip by Seth Godin

“Strategic quitting is the secret of successful organizations”

5. The Holy Spirit by Sinclair Ferguson

“While his work has been recognised, the Spirit himself remains to many Christians an anonymous, faceless aspect of the divine being.”

6. Is God Anti-gay? by Sam Allberry

“If someone thinks the gospel has slotted into their life quite easily, without causing any major adjustments to their lifestyle or aspirations, it is likely that they have not really started following Jesus at all.”

7. Walking with God through Pain and Suffering by Tim Keller

“No matter what precautions we take, no matter how well we have put together a good life, no matter how hard we have worked to be healthy, wealthy, comfortable with friends and family, and successful with our career — something will inevitably ruin it.”

8. The Art of Non-conformity by Chris Guillebeau

“Unreasonable,” “unrealistic,” and “impractical” are all words used to marginalize a person or idea that fails to conform with conventionally expected standards.”

9. As Far as the Curse is Found by Michael Williams

“We may view covenant history not as a series of disconnected installments but as a single line. Each new covenant presupposes and renews what went before.”

10. The Conviction to Lead by Al Mohler

“My goal is to change the way you think about leadership.”

 

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