My Favorites

Sometimes, when you read something truly special and profound, you just want to share it with others. Below are four books that fall into that category for me. I highly recommend each of them and hope they impact you as much as they did (and still do) me.

He Loves Me, by Wayne Jacobsen

This is one of my all time favorite books.  If you want to know in your heart, not just in your head, that He loves you, this is for you.  I can’t say it any better than Wayne’s website: God’s love is sturdy, enduring, and undisturbed by people’s failings because God loves humankind not for what they do–but who they are. They are God’s beloved creation.


Love Does, by Bob Goff

Where He Loves Me speaks to God’s love for us, Love Does gets to the heart of what it looks like to love others.  Goff is a lawyer and a gifted storyteller who uses lots of inspiring and sometimes unbelievable personal experiences to illustrate his point–love is action, it does things for others. From temporarily dropping out of high school, to dinners with world leaders prompted by letters from his children, this book is filled with engaging stories about love in action. This is an excellent read, simultaneously entertaining and challenging.



Daring Greatly, by Brene Brown

The subtitle – How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead – captures correctly the essence of this wonderful book. Brown is able to demonstrate through her own research and experience that this is in fact true. And she effectively addresses the challenges and resistance we face in embracing vulnerability. This is an easy read, filled with wisdom, encouragement and plenty of humor. And it will challenge you to adopt the rich and fulfilling life of being vulnerable.


Essentialism, by Greg McKeown

This book that captured a truth that I already believed, although McKeown was able to say it in a much more eloquent (and marketable) way. A key to a successful and fulfilled life is “the disciplined pursuit of less.” In the book McKeown asks four questions of the reader – Have you ever felt the urge to declutter your work life? Do you often find yourself stretched too thin? Do you simultaneously feel overworked and underutilized? Are you frequently busy but not productive? – and then proceeds to make the effective case that “if you don’t prioritize your life, someone else will.” I have experienced this, and couldn’t agree more. Learn to say no to what doesn’t really matter so you can focus on what does.


Here are my favorite from last year.

Read the full article, including my review of each book, here.

  • Love Does, by Bob Goff
  • What To Say When You Talk To Your Self, by Shad Helmstetter
  • Mud, Sweat, and Tears, by Bear Grylls
  • The Listening Life, by Adam S. McHugh
  • Father Fiction, by Donald Miller