Best Reads of 2013, Part 1

At the start of each new year, I love looking back at what I read the previous year.  I picked my top ten reads to share with you.  Due to the length, I’ll publish it in two posts.  Here’s part one.

Going Public With Your Faith: Becoming a Spiritual Influence at Work by Bill Peel & Walt Larimore and Bringing the Gospel Home: Witnessing to Family Members, Close Friends, and Others Who Know You Well by Randy Newman


Two great books that go beyond the cheesy suggestions you find in some evangelism books.  Peel and Newman really focus on developing honest relationships and creating opportunities for engaging conversations.

The In-Between: Embracing the Tension Between Now and the Next Big Thing by Jeff Goins


Goins is a terrific writer and I really admire how he’s combined his writing and business skills to create a loyal following of fans.  This book is full of anecdotes from his life that illustrate the importance of finding meaning in the now.

Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way by Shauna Niequist


I read this book slowly and savored each chapter.  Niequest eloquently reflects on some hard chapters in her recent life (job loss, recurrent miscarriage, marriage difficulties) without sounding whiny or self-indulgent and she beautifully brings each story back around to grace.

Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Everday by Todd Henry


I’m a big fan of Henry’s Accidental Creative podcast and this book is just as good.  He has some insightful things to say about work, creativity, productivity, and personal fulfillment.

Evangelism for the Rest of Us: Sharing Christ Within Your Personality Style by Mike Bechtle


I’ve always been fascinated by the study of personality, so I was eager to read this book.  Bechtle doesn’t have any new evangelism techniques, per se, but I feel like the book gave the reader “permission” to share Christ in a way that best suits them (without copping out of challenges situations).

I’d love to hear any book recommendations you have!


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