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Top 10 Books of 2018 (Caleb)

There are some many amazing books out there, I hope to highlight 10 of them I have read this year. There were several that I read again this year, but excluded from this list as you can find them on the lists from past years. The following list is in no particular order:

1. Just Do Something, by Kevin DeYoung. How do we find out what God wants from our lives? This is one of the best questions anyone should be asking, and it is especially applicable for young adults who are trying to figure out their lives. Kevin DeYoung gives the Biblical, logical, liberating answer here. BTW- it’s all in the title!

2. Escape from Camp 14, by Blaine Harden. The true and inspiring story of the only person ever known to escape from a North Korean prison camp. We, in our comfortable western lives, need a dose of reality. There is evil out there (and in ourselves).

3. A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age, by Daniel J. Levitin. This book details how information, statistic and data, and all be construed to lie. While not a ‘Christian’ book, I believe this is an issue we as Christians need to be aware of in order to enter the public conversation about the world we live in. Learning to think critically is a skill all of us should and should develop further.

4. Born to Run, by Christopher McDougall. While weaving an amazing story of a hidden tribe in Mexico, the author shares the amazing ways our bodies are designed to run. The author and the book has to go obnoxious links because they come from an evolutionary perspective. I get to simply marvel at the amazing way God has designed us as humans to be the greatest runners on the planet.

5. Everybody Always, by Bob Goff. Just an inspiring book on how we should love everybody, always. Like Jesus did. People are always the most important thing. Bob Goff weaves incredible stories that had me freely flowing from tears to laughter, all while feeling inspired to love others better.

6. Ameritopia, by Mark Levin. In this book, several of my passions come together: politics, history, and philosophy. In this book, Levin looks at the body of literature on utopian societies, and compares it with how and where the United States of America is heading. This is a fascinating look at the why behind socialism/communism and how it is impossible to debate or argue with anyone who holds these views.

7. What Does the Bible Really Teach on Homosexuality? by Kevin DeYoung. This is going to be one of the defining issues of our age, and we need to have a Biblical answer to, “Is homosexuality a sin?” This is the definitive answer, written in a clear, concise, easy to read way.

8. Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom, by Thomas E. Ricks. In this fascinating book, we see how these two great men of history, both fought, in their own way and in very different realms, for the freedom of the individual. There are so many important lessons to be learned about the essential nature of man and forces opposed to their freedom. If you like history, this is a fascinating read.

9. Sowing Seeds of Change, by Michael D. Crane. This is the best ministry philosophy book I have ever read. The questions of how a church can create change in the culture, and even what the role of the church is in the culture is of monumental importance. This is the most balanced and well thought out book on church ministry/mission philosophy I have read. See also: “What is the Mission of the Church” by Kevin DeYoung.

10. Gay Girl Good God, by Jackie Hill Perry. Weaving her own testimony in that with the fundamental nature of God and the impact of the gospel, this book is an eye opening and encouraging read. All of life really comes back to what and who are view of God is. This book takes us back to who God is, through the lens of the homosexuality debate.

I hope you find something that sharpens your mind, softens your heart, and lifts up your eyes.

Caleb