Here are 10 favorite books I read in 2021 (not all were published in 2021).
In no particular order, here are my top 10.
1. Zero Fail
The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service
by Carol Leonnig
I love a good behind-the-scenes book about the inner workings of a major business or government entity. This book is an amazing look at behind-the-scenes of the Secret Service since its inception. The stories told are riveting about the JFK assassination, the attempt on President Reagan’s life, the break-ins at the White House, etc., all from the perspective of the Secret Service.
Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life through the Power of Storytelling
by Matthew Dicks
Author Matthew Dicks is an award-winning oral storyteller (and an elementary school teacher, a novelist, a wedding DJ, etc.). This book is a fascinating compilation of how Matthew tells true stories from his life to win storytelling competitions. I have zero plans for that. But I I do want to better write and remember my own stories for myself. I picked up lots of great tips here, including Matt’s Homework for Life.
3. The Sleep Solution
Why Your Sleep Is Broken and How to Fix It
This is a great book to put insomnia into perspective. My sleep has gotten better this year (thank, God!) and I hope now I’ll lose some of the angst I feel on those nights when I still can’t stay asleep. Lots of good information in this book.
Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World ‚ and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
by Hans Rosling
Most of us are wrong about global trends on world population, people in poverty, women and schooling, etc. This book is a fascinating approach to setting us straight and finding hope for our world.
5. Divine Echoes
Reconciling Prayer With the Uncontrolling Love of God
by Mark Gregory Karris
How does God actually work in our world? What is the best way to pray? What should we ask him for (and not ask for)? Nobody can answer these questions with complete certainty. Pastor and author Mark Karris suggests we may be putting too much responsibility on God in our prayers and not enough on ourselves. This book offers interesting insights I hadn’t considered.
6. The Making of Biblical Womanhood
How the Subjugation of Women Became Gospel Truth
by Beth Allison Barr
Our pride often tells us *we* understand what the Bible means, not only for today’s audience, but also for its original audience. Including understanding women’s roles. But Beth Allison Barr takes us back through history to show us the path that led us here. Maybe our idea of “biblical womanhood” isn’t so biblical after all? I highly recommend this book.
by Stephen King
As you can guess from the title, this novel revolves around the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. But it also takes place in modern times. I won’t spoil the plot if you’re unfamiliar with the book or movie, but I thoroughly enjoyed it, despite it being SO long (850 pages). It isn’t scary or gory, which is the only reason I could read a Stephen King novel, although it is full of suspense.
Reclaiming the New that Jesus Unleashed for the World
by Andy Stanley
Why was Christianity so irresistible to many in the first century, and yet so repellant to many in our century? Andy Stanley suggests we need to return to the roots of Jesus. Jesus is the real draw. I appreciate Stanley’s message.
The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It
by Ethan Kross
We talk to ourselves all day long. Are we saying the right things? This book teaches us to have a better conversation with our inner voices. I really found it helpful.
[Read more about Chatter: “How to Harness the Voice in Your Head”]
10. Time Management Ninja
21 Rules for More Time and Less Stress in Your Life
by Craig Jarrow
These 21 easy tips will nudge you in the right direction for better managing your time.
Here’s my 1-minute video review of Time Management Ninja.
Which book would you recommend from 2021? Share in the comments.
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