The Books Making an Impact on Me
I really do love a good book. Whether it is short and following a trend or long, old, and delving into a long-held truth — I simply love well-written books.
Over the years, a number of books have had a profound impact upon my life. I thought I’d share a few and get your reactions. I hope that you will also share the titles of books that have impacted your life as well.
Spiritual Leadership by Oswald Sanders – I think this is the perfect church leadership book. It is also the perfect leadership book. Period. Sanders goes for the heart but also gives practical counsel born from the Scriptures. It is a classic for a reason.
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson – The novel has helped me to explore two distinct issues. First, from a practical standpoint, Stevenson is a literary master. He is able to tell a story in a few pages that many cannot tell in a few hundred pages. At only 54 pages (of the copy I own), it is a story rich with image and makes an emotional impact. Secondly, the story is a crushing portrayal of humanity’s true nature. Watching Jekyll and Hyde wrestle for control is a mirror for each of us to look into.
The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges – A book that every believer should read. It is accesible to anyone whether new or mature in the faith. Bridges helps us walk through the idea of holiness without legalism. It is a great gift to the church.
Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster – The book is considered a modern classic in regard to the spiritual disciplines. For the evangelical Christian, however, it is a bit out of our theological comfort zone. I enjoy Foster’s writing. His work provokes me to take a close look at how disciplines can create space in my mind and heart for God to move. The book was my first introduction to a serious study of spiritual disciplines.
Humility by Andrew Murray – If I could assign only five books for all people to read, “Humility” would be one of those five. It is devastatingly true. Get it. Read it. And then read it again.
What are the books that have made an impact on your life? Share them with us in the comment section.