Top 5 Books of 2010
Worthy of Mention:
Faith Begins at Home - Mark Holmen
Blood of Heaven - Bill Myers
5. Have a Little Faith - Mitch Albom
I have always enjoyed Mitch Albom's writing. In a world of books that are often boring, Mitch Albom's writing stands out as fresh and original. He writes with humor, integrity, and a depth that many authors lack. In this book he takes a look at faith - why we have it, what we do with it, and how it affects us.
4. Proof - Bill Bright & Jack Cavanaugh
A story set in the Great Awakening (a spiritual revival in the 1800s), this one was a surprise to me. The cover was intriguing (yes, I judge books by their cover), the description on the back was interesting, and the story was very entertaining. Touched on some great faith-based elements and had great twists and turns.
3. The Urban Saint - Paul H. Boge
I always knew Harry Lehotsky was a man with a passion. This book confirms it. And it'll blow your understanding of what one person can do for a neighborhood, a city, a world, and his God. If you have a heart for social justice but don't know where to begin, this is the book to read. If you've ever hurt for the poor and the homeless, this is the book to read. If you've ever wondered what it would be like to talk to a prostitute, confront a drug-dealer, and live your life radically for God, this is the book for you.
2. The People of Sparks/The Prophet of Yonwood - Jeanne DuPrau
The sequel and trequel (I made that word up) to The City of Ember, these books had a lot to live up to. I loved both of them, and finished them in a few short days. It had been a long time since a book did that for me. They may be written for children, but their message resonates with adults as well. In The People of Sparks, Lina and Doon try to prevent friction as the "Emberites" (those that used to live underground) begin to fight with the citizens of Sparks, the town they've now doubled the population of. In The Prophet of Yonwood, we return pre-apocalypse and feel tensions build as the war is on the horizon and Nickie moves to Yonwood, where a woman who has seen a vision from God of the destroyed future begins imposing restricting rules - or does she?
1. Ten Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe - Larry Osborne
I read it, then I read it again. And I will again for sure. There are things that we believe as Christians because they have pervaded a pop-culture understanding of faith, or because we simply don't want to believe the truth. Here Larry dismantles those beliefs and reminds us of the truth. Well-written and (sometimes) comical, this book sticks with me.