Our Favorite Books Of The Year

December 27, 2016

The end of the year is a natural time for reflection and planning. One thing we like to do is consider the books we’ve read, meditate on what we’ve learned, and make plans for next year’s reading. Today we are talking about our favorite books of the year and some of the lessons we’ve learned from them. All of our recommendations are listed in the show notes below.

We heartily agree with these thoughts from John Piper. “Books don’t change people, paragraphs do — sometimes sentences. One sentence or paragraph may lodge itself so powerfully in our mind that its effect is enormous when all else is forgotten.”

We talk about Bible reading plans, our favorite ways to listen to audio books, and then discuss the most impactful books we’ve read this year. We encourage you to read broadly and share our recommendations for both Christian and non-Christian books on a variety of topics, including business, history, social issues, and fiction.

We’d love to know what you’ve read this year. Please send us a tweet or Facebook message with your recommendations!

Our Favorite Books of The Year | Episode 16 | CongreGate Podcast

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Links and Recommendations:

Samaritan’s Purse Prayer Point Magazine – Bible Reading Plan

Chronological Bible reading plan

Olive Tree App

Grant Horner Bible Reading Plan


Christian Audio

Desiring God – Top 16 Books of 2016

Micah’s book recommendations:

Biblical Eldership by Alexander Strauch

Bible Doctrine by Wayne Grudem

The Mingling of Souls by Mark Chandler

The Ideal Team Player by Patrick M. Lencioni

Honey For a Child’s Heart by Gladys Hunt

Shawn’s book recommendations:

Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson by S.C. Gwynne

American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant by Ronald C. White

Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits by Gretchen Rubin

Charles Dickens Books (many of which are free for the digital version!)

Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books by Tony Reinke

Mark’s book recommendations:

The End of Me: Where Real Life in the Upside-Down Ways of Jesus Begins by Kyle Idleman

The Black Widow by Daniel Silva

12 Days of Books for Christmas List – World Magazine

Daring Greatly by Brené Brown

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