I’ve read thousands of books in my lifetime. I’ve written on this blog about why I read and about my annual reading plan. I’ve posted about how to read more. So, yeah, I read a lot. Wanna make something of it?
Where was I? Oh yeah. Over the course of my decades of reading, I’ve even kept a record of the books I’ve read. So, not only can I tell you (if not by memory at least by a quick document search) if I’ve read a particular book, I can also scan which books have had the greatest and deepest effect on me. Many have molded me. Here are twenty that have had an inestimable effect on my life and habits:
As I look back over the list, I realize that some of those affected more than one area. And, of course, some were formative, while others were influential much later. But all, in one way or another, have had a substantive effect on me, my life, and my ministry. And, while I could easily list another twenty or more, these stand out.
How about you? Which books have molded you?