Another run down of books that I read this past year, listed in order from those that impacted me the most to those that impacted me the least. (Part I is here.)
Wild at Heart by John Eldredge* I had read this book previously, but now that I'm responsible to raise three boys I thought it was time for a re-read. It doesn't give you a ton of specific takeaways. But it provides an excellent challenge to raise boys to be men, while at the same time not ruining their masculine 'boyishness'. (If that's even a word.)
Movements that Change the World by Steve Addison* I have to be honest that this book didn't blow me away, but Steve's continued blogging on the subject has provided some extra impact. The book is a great reminder of how God can do amazing things through people sold out to him. The blog is challenging me right now because it shares stories of those amazing things happening right now.
Pastor Dad by Mark Driscoll+ I read this book along with four other Christian fathers. It was a great discussion starter for us as we dialogued what it looks like to be a dad who leads his kids to Jesus. It's a really short read, so I would highly encourage it to any guy with any desire to marry and have kids.
Desiring God by John Piper* To be honest, I'm surprised that I didn't list this book higher. At least, for all of the great things I had heard about it I expected it to end up at the top of the list. It didn't, and I think that's because there were times where it makes following Jesus a little too complicated. (That may just be me, as I can be a bit of a simpleton.) My biggest takeaway (ironically from one of the appendices) was when Piper discussed and defended the complete sovereignty of God. It was an excellent, concise work on the subject.
Sexual Detox by Tim Challies+ I and three college guys (COCUSA staff) read this book over the course of the summer, meeting weekly to discuss each chapter. I highly recommend it to any guy seeking to live with purity in our over-sexed culture. It made it easy for us to discuss some normally "off-the-table" topics, as well as personally challenging me in my battle against sexual temptation.
Come back soon to hear the final three books that impacted me more than any others.
*I own these books and would love to lend/give them to you. Just holler at me.
+These books are free online. Just follow the links.