6 Books I’m Re-Reading in 2015 (And You Should Too)

6 Books I’m Re-Reading in 2015 (And You Should Too)

Books for 2015

They say the only thing that will change you is the people you meet and the books you read.

I usually get a few tidbits of valuable info from every book I read and every person I meet. But there are some books that have had a lasting impact on me. They are like old friends I like to have close. They literally changed the way I view the world.

I got rid of most of my paperback books and went digital, but there were some I just had to keep around. I’ve read through them a dozen or so times. I’ve highlighted them in six different shades of fluorescent.

Here’s a list of six of those books that I’m re-reading (in no particular order) to start 2015:

1. Me, Myself and Bob by Phil Vischer
I never imagined that a book about animated vegetables would have such an impact on me. But I got so much wisdom from this book that I recommend it to everyone. This is one of the few books I read from cover to cover without stopping. It was that good

Some quotes from the book:

“The impact God has planned for us doesn’t occur when we’re pursuing impact. It occurs when we’re pursuing God.”

“The Christian life wasn’t about running like a maniac; it was about walking with God. It wasn’t about impact; it was about obedience.”

2. Contemplation: Intimacy in a Distant World by Dr. David F. Allen
Everything about this book is intimidating for a man. The title, the fact that a renowned psychiatrist wrote it and the words contemplation and intimacy. Eek. But this book changed my life. The book is kind of hard to get a hold of, but it’s worth it. The reading is hard. But again, it’s worth it.

Some quotes from the book:

“The reality is that most our issues come from within us, and it takes a lot of courage to realize that persons and situations outside our control do not cause them.”

“Life is wounded and our center of gravity tends to be focused on our false self. But in contemplative prayer we open to God, allowing our center of gravity to move from our false selves to our true selves in God.”

3. Desiring God by John Piper
I grew up in a Christian home, going to Christian schools, in church every Sunday. My faith was truly my own even before I got out of high school. But there were some questions I always found myself asking that nobody could give me a good answer – until I read this book. It revolutionized my view of God and his ways. This book is hard to read. But you need to struggle through it.

Some quotes from the book:

“All those years I had been trying to suppress my tremendous longing for happiness so I could honestly praise God out of some ‘higher’ less selfish motive. But now it started to dawn on me that this persistent and undeniable yearning for happiness was not to be suppressed, but to be glutted – on God.”


4. The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck
I believe that if everyone read this book and applied it, the world would be a much more pleasant place to live. The principles are very Biblical. In fact, the author became a Christian while writing the book! I have read the first 2 sections at least twenty times. Read with discernment as it’s not a “Christian” book per se. But the truths are powerful.

Some quotes from the book: (This quote is worth the price of the book)

“Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it… Most do not fully see this truth that life is difficult. Instead they moan more or less incessantly, noisily or subtly, about the enormity of their problems… They voice their belief, noisily or subtly, that their difficulties represent a unique kind of affliction that should not be and that has somehow been especially visited upon them, their tribe, their class, their nation, their race or even their species, and not upon others.”

5. Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton
Chesterton inspired C.S. Lewis. His writing is brilliant. This book is hard to explain. But it’s definitely worth struggling through.

Some quotes from the book:

“I did try to found a heresy of my own; and when I had put the last touches to it, I discovered that it was orthodoxy.”

“Thoroughly worldly people never understand even the world; they rely altogether on a few cynical maxims which are not true.”

 

6. ALife Well Lived by Tommy Nelson
I discovered this book while preaching through every chapter of Ecclesiastes. It saved me. And changed me. It’s an easy, light-hearted read that covers a heavy and sometimes confusing book of the Bible.

Some quotes from the book:

“Solomon says that however we try to resolve the fact that evil exists and God is good, we can’t do it by saying that God is not in control. “

I hope you get a chance to check these books out in the New Year. They might just change your life like they did mine.