Top Ten Books of 2016

9:13 AM

As we approach the end of the year, it is time - time for my annual top ten books of the year. 2016 has been an odd reading year for me. While I read many good books, few of the good ones were fiction. I kept reading fiction books that I either disliked or were only okay. For this reason, very few fictional works made it onto my list. However, there were three that are worth honorable mention: House of Mercy, Sufficient Grace, and Abaddon's Eve.
Are you ready for my top ten picks?

10. Flight School by Jason McIntire
 This book was one of the first books I read this year, and it is one that stuck with me. There are many characters and situations that reflected people and happenings in my own life. This story was powerful and touched my heart.

9. The Heavens Before by Kacy Barnett-Gramckow

There are few fiction books that really stick with me and I talk about often months after I read it, and this is one of those. The author developed deep characters, realistic situations, and came from a creationist/strong biblical point of view. I don’t ever expect to read a better fictional account of Noah’s flood.

8. The 40 Most Influential Christians by Daryl Aaron
This ended up being one of two books on church history that made my list. I really didn’t expect this book to be anything more than interesting, but it was. I loved seeing how theology was shaped by the times and the men and women of those times. I felt like I had a better grasp on where ideas came from.

7. Let Me Be a Woman by Elisabeth Elliot
This year, in my personal study, I have been focusing on biblical womanhood. This, more than any other book on the subject I read, impacted me. Elliot has such a poetic style that is a joy to read. Her biblical and practical wisdom was a huge blessing and encouragement.

6. Garden of Madness by Tracy L. Higley
Higley is always a masterful writer, but this book was one of her best. I loved the tension between the law and grace. I loved the power of prayers so clearly shown. This is not a light read, but it is very powerful.

5. Churches, Revolutions And Empires:1789-1914 by Ian J. Shaw
This book is about the church and it’s role and influence in history. It is a very long book, but totally worth the time to read. I feel like it was one of the best, most balanced books I have read on the subject. The amount of research that went into this books was mind blowing.

4. Finding God's Path Through Your Trials by Elizabeth George
George’s books are always a blessing, but this one found me when I needed it. I was going rough a rough patch and this book reminded me of so many important truths. It made me wish I was able to thank the author in person for all the words of wisdom she has given me over the years.

3. With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin
I have started picking up Sundin’s books whenever I am feeling really down. Her deep, thought provoking themes and realistic characters become my companions as I walk through a hard time. This book could not have been more timely. I picked it up because I was sad and the theme of friendship and leadership were exactly what I was struggling with. Sundin has risen to one of my top ten favorite authors.

2. A Chance to Die by Elisabeth Elliot
One amazing saint writing about another. How can you go wrong? Elliot’s biography of Amy Carmichael is one of the most powerful I have read. It deeply encouraged me and also has spurred me on to read more about heroes of the faith

1. Me, Myself & Bob by Phil Vischer

I am not a fan of Veggie Tales. I have told that to both the friends that recommended this book to me. I even have some issues with some of the things in Veggie Tales, but a friend finally convinced me to read this book. I am so glad I did. I think every Christian in the entertainment industry (movie-makers, authors, musicians, etc.) need to read this book. It made me once again remember my reason for writing and why it is important not to stray from that vision. Vischer’s honesty of his own failures as well as successes was powerful and humbling. 
Forgive me for doubting to you, Grace and Scott. You were right about this book.

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  1. Wow! This looks like an excellent list of books. This reminds me that I still have some books by Elisabeth Elliot that I need to read. I don't think I have either of the titles you mentioned here, but I'll probably try to read some them I own throughout the year. :)