This is a hard task each year: deciding on my favorite books. But it’s also a fun task. Without intentionally looking back, I can forget about some of the great reads I was given in a year.
Here are 10 of my favorite books, followed by another 10 (which could as easily be followed by another 10, on and on).
1. Holy Envy
Finding God in the Faith of Others
by Barbara Brown Taylor
Taylor chronicles her journey of teaching a college course on different world religions and what can be gained from each, while remaining rooted in her own faith of Christianity.
2. I’ve Seen the End of You
A Neurosurgeon’s Look at Faith, Doubt, and the Things We Think We Know
by W. Lee Warren
Dr. Warren shares stories about his journey as a neurosurgeon and about the lives of his patients with brain cancer that inspire him to live better, do better, believe better.
3. Lies We Believe About God
by William Paul Young
Young helps destroy some of the things we think we know about God but that aren’t true.
4. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone
A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed
by Lori Gottlieb
Gottlieb, a therapist, decides she needs a therapist after a breakup. She writes here about her own journey with therapy as well as things she learns from her patients.
5. Stamped from the Beginning
The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
by Ibram X. Kendi
Kendi teaches us lots of things we didn’t learn in history class about racism in the United States. This is an eye-opening book, well-researched and documented.
6. The Truth about Us
The Very Good News about How Very Bad We Are
by Brant Hansen
We’re not as good as we like to think we are. But God has us covered anyway. Hansen’s writing is personal, liberating, and inspiring.
7. The Worry Cure
Seven Steps to Stop Worry from Stopping You
by Robert L. Leahy
This is actually a helpful book about worrying. It’s broken down into seven practical steps and can be applied to many different types of worries.
8. Thinking, Fast and Slow
by Daniel Kahneman
Kahneman explains the two ways we think: System 1, the intuitive level, and System 2, the more logical level. This is fascinating information about our brain and our behavior.
9. Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man
by Emmanuel Acho
Acho answers the uncomfortable questions that white people often have about race issues, but are too embarrassed to ask. If you’ve seen his videos, you’ll feel like you’re talking to a friend in this book.
The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen
by Dan Heath
Heath explains why it’s better to prevent a problem before it happens than have to clean it up afterwards.
Bonus: 10 More Favorite Books
These ten books are also very good, too. I hated to leave them out.
What book would you include in your top 10 list of 2020? Share in the comments.
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