Best 5 Books I Read this Year

 Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

If you haven’t read this book, read it. It’s a page turner. Gripping personal account of 1996 Mount Everest hike that tragically claimed several lives.

Everybody’s Normal Till You Get to Know Them by John Ortberg

BooksThis book should be required reading for all adults. It unpacks the messiness and beauty of living in community with others. Perfect book for small groups to study together.

The Art of Forgiving by Lewis Smedes

I now consider this to be the “text book” on forgiveness. Extremely thorough, approachable, and helpful.

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Story of Olympic athlete and WWII prisoner of war survivor Louis Zamperini’s torture and forgiveness. Extremely compelling and then the story grabs your heart forcing you to do some personal soul-searching.

 Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas

Story of Deitrich Bonhoeffer who, as a theologian and pastor, opposed Hitler’s regime. Bonhoeffer became a key player in a failed attempt to assassinate Hitler. Powerful story of Bonhoeffer’s struggle between faith vs. politics and discipleship vs. religion.

How about you? What were some of your favorite books this year?

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