I do a fair amount of reading. Most of my books tend to be non-fiction, so it takes me a little longer to get through them than my wife who reads 80+ books per year. But sometimes you read a book that resonates with something deep inside you that makes you come back to that book again and again. Don’t get me wrong, most of the books I’ve read are books I’ve enjoyed and would recommend to others. There are very few books that I would put down. And in general, I think we’re still better off for reading something even when it’s not resonating with us very much.
As I was going through my “read” books on Goodreads to put them into better categories, I decided to make a category for books I’ve re-read. Which got me thinking, what books are on your re-read list? I’d honestly love to know the answer to that question, because some of the books that have become rereaders for me are ones that others recommended.
These are some of the books I’ve read multiple times
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Blue Like Jazz by Don Miller
- Most books on faith are stuffy and boring, this one focused primarily on stories and interactions Don had with people living in Portland at that time. I hope to write a book similar to it some day.
Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success by Kerry Patterson
- A great, research-based book that covers the required components for change. If you want to change anything in your life for good, it’s worth the read.
Draw The Circle: The 40 Day Prayer Challenge by Mark Batterson
- A great book on prayer, broken down into a 40 day journey.
Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala
- Another great book on prayer based on the story of the Brooklyn Tabernacle. A great read. I have one caveat – if you read it, try not to interpret the application of the book into a prayer service for your church.
In The Name Of Jesus by Henri Nouwen
- A great book on Christian leadership based on serving the community of believers “in the name of Jesus.”
Mentor Like Jesus by Regi Campebell
- A somewhat different approach to mentoring and discipleship that looks different from most church-based discipleship models.
The Mind of the Master by Robert E. Coleman
- A great insight into how Jesus thought. I Highlighted most of the book. If you only read one book on this list, read this one.
The Power Of Moments by Chip Heath
- Some great insights on creating moments that help people change their lives.
The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence
- Learning to experience God, worship God in every moment and every situation.
The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller
- This book radically changed the way I think of God and the parable of the Prodigal son.
The Secrets of the Vine by Bruce Wilkinson
- Great principles for what’s required for a thriving relationship with God.
Switch on your Brain by Caroline Leaf
- Great insights into what it takes to change the way we think.
The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews
- A wonderful fictional tale teaching important principles for life.
The Winner’s Manual: For the Game of Life by Jim Tressel
- A great book on virtues for becoming a man, by the greatest football coach in Ohio State Football history. Yes, I know he was sanctioned, but his mistakes were pretty trivial compared to others and in my opinion he was grossly mistreated by the media.