10 Books

A friend asked a simple question, “Name the 10 books that have affected you in some way. Don’t spend more than a few minutes, and don’t think too hard.” To simply quote them without any commentary as to “why these books” seemed inappropriate. Therefore, here is my list with the “why” attached.

On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace by Dave Grossman

The book takes a look at “what happens to the human body under the stresses of deadly battle the impact on the nervous system, heart, breathing, visual and auditory perception, memory – then discusses new research findings as to what measures warriors can take to prevent such debilitations so they can stay in the fight, survive, and win.” I read the book after talking to an officer friend. We were discussing the parallels that happen in physical and spiritual “warfare”. He encouraged me to read the book under the lens of the spiritual. It has changed the way I look at leadership ever since.

Living by the Book: The Art and Science of Reading the Bible by Howard Hendricks

Living by the Book looks in depth at observing, interpreting and applying truth of Scripture. The book has changed the way I approach reading and understanding Scripture properly. I would highly recommend it.

The ESV Bible

This is the first Bible I read cover to cover. It holds a solid place in my heart for that reason.

Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith by Rob Bell

Before Rob Bell went to the funny farm, his early thoughts were breathtaking. Bethany and I even went to his “everything is spiritual” tour. This book kicked off the ability to “think for myself and question authority” (Tool – Third Eye), not just accept people’s teaching/thinking. Ever since this book I have questioned everything and weighed it against the Bible as a standard of truth. Contrary to popular belief, you should read the opposition, not just books that agree with you opinion.

Details Men’s Style Guide by Daniel Peres

I was given a copy of this book way back in 2008. It kicked off a passion for “honoring the past to move forward”. Some things have come and gone but some things should come back. This book marked the start of a passion to look like a “gentlemen”. Looking classy, the art of shaving with a single blade, understanding that looking good is not just reserved for women, manners, etc. etc. all started from this book.

Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain by Charles R. Cross

My high school days are littered with Kurt Cobain. Not Nirvana, Kurt Cobain. The only real Nirvana record I like is MTV Unplugged in New York. I credit Kurt for my passion for reaching broken people. He wrestled internally in a battle with his mind which I can relate. The book constantly calls to love hurting people by getting wrapped up “in their mess”. April 5, 1994 was a sad day.

Integrity: The Courage to Meet the Demands of Reality by Dr. Henry Cloud

This is a “recently read” book. Integrity is “six character traits (creates trust, unafraid of reality, results-oriented, solves “negative realities,” causes growth and finds meaning in life) which Cloud examines in great detail.” This book has helped further solidify my leadership style. I feel greatly that we need more men who are solid in their leadership, unafraid to take hard stances, to move forward with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. While Cloud uses some Scripture, the book is more of how to be a “stand up guy” than anything else.

Wounded to Restored: A Heavenly Remedy for the Religiously Afflicted by Jordan Muck

My first book. I have a love/hate relationship with this book. I have a deeper appreciation for writers and authors after embarking on this manifest.

Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton

This book cannot be read in a day, a month, a year or even a decade. This is my first “big boy” read. Orthodoxy has caused me to think, question and dig deeper in understanding our great God. It’s a masterpiece that will leave you speechless… if you can get though it that is.

Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem

Much like the ESV Bible, this is the first commentary I read cover to cover. While my views vary from time to time, all 1,264 pages are beautiful.

Honorable mentions…

What are some of your “10”?



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