The 5 Best Books I’ve Read in 2017 (So Far)

The 5 Best Books I’ve Read in 2017 (So Far)

Leaders are readers. So my goal this year is to get through 100 books. I’m a little behind, but I’m making good progress. When you read a bunch of books they can all tend to blend together in your mind, but there are five specific ones I’ve read so far that really stand out. Here they are. I hope you get a chance to read them for yourself.  (Each title is linked to the book on Amazon.)

1. Barking Up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success is (Mostly) Wrong by Eric Barker
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve quoted from this book in the last few weeks. It’s packed full of fascinating studies about how your mind works, the importance of rest, grit, and all sorts of other really powerful concepts that might just change the way you take on life. Great book!

2.  I Told Me So: Self-Deception and the Christian Life by Gregg A Ten Elshof
We all lie to ourselves. The prophet Jeremiah (17:9) reminds us that the heart is deceitful. In an age of being “authentic” we are prone to believe that who we say we are is really who we are. In this book the author talks about the different ways we lie to ourselves and what we can do to live in truth. It sounds like a heavy book, and the topics are, but the author is actually quite funny.

3. Anonymous: Jesus’ Hidden Years and Yours by Alicia Britt Chole
I cannot say enough good about this book. As someone who has been more than a little discouraged about where I am in life right now this book was like a shot of pure oxygen to my brain and lungs. It brought clarity and helped me keep my head lifted. She talks about the fact that we don’t know what Jesus did for 90% of his life. We only got to see three years. But in the anonymous, unknown years God was preparing him for his greatest work. If you only read one book on this list, read this one.

4. 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You by Tony Reinke
I read this book because John Piper recommended it. It did not disappoint. It’s a bit lofty at times, but the material is fascinating. The author doesn’t condemn smart phones, but he does offer some insightful warnings about the effects of our constant connectedness.

5. The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia by Michael Booth
In survey after survey the folks of the Nordic countries, especially Denmark, rank among the happiest people in the world. The author of this book isn’t convinced. So he goes on a trek across Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Sweden, Norway, the Faroes, and a few other places to see what these folks are really like. I was pretty much laughing out loud the entire book (it kind of annoyed Emily). Be warned, there’s some profanity and parts that are a bit edgy, but the book is insightful and downright hilarious. You’ll learn more about the Nordic countries than you ever cared to know and get a stomach ache laughing in the meantime.

The only thing that will change you is the book read and the people you meet. Set a goal for how many books you’ll read by the end of the year. Add a few of these books above to your list. Push yourself a little. Watch less TV. I guarantee you’ll be glad you did.