The Bookshelf is intended to create and stimulate new and informed conversations in all walks of life … but specifically targeting your Faith Walk, Personal Impact, and one’s View of the World & Culture. Romans 12: 2 tells us “do not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” There is a deeper and powerful spiritual dimension of this Scripture passage for sure – it’s not just about our acquisition of information and book knowledge. On the other hand, we are called to exercise our minds, engage the world, and join in conversations that shape our families, our workplace, and the culture(s) we intersect every day.
There are literally hundreds of impactful books that could be chosen from my bookshelf or yours. However the few pictured below have had a deeply personal and shaping impact over many years. I’ve also taken a snapshot of my personal ‘Top Ten’ – a list of books that’s been surprisingly stable over the decades, but must always flex with new wisdom and learning! I invite you to explore the titles, critique my choices and comment on any personal favorites that may not be listed.
Tom’s Top Ten
Starting from left to right: The Bible, Gospel of Freedom (Jonathan Riedar), Bonhoeffer (Eric Metaxes), The Call (Os Guinness), The Hole in Our Gospel (Richard Stearns), Man’s Search for Meaning (Viktor Frankl), O Jerusalem (Larry Collins & Dominique Lapierre), 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Stephen R. Covey), Knowing God (J.I. Packer) and The Making of a Leader (J. Robert Clinton).
The Bible will always be my primary source of spiritual authority, wisdom and knowledge. There are extensive libraries, of course, full of great works by men and women over the millennia that are both practical and enrich our lives every day – but none inspired by the God of the Universe, albeit penned by men and women chosen over a 1000+ year span of time. The story goes that a great preacher was once asked by a loyal church-goer which one book he would choose to take with him, knowing his fate was a life of solitude on a deserted island. Hesitating not a moment, the man of God replied, “Well, ‘How to Build a Boat,’ of course!” No, the Bible will not teach you how to solve a math equation or anything about fixing your car or preparing a gourmet meal … and not a thing about flying an airplane or developing a web site. But it can take its rightful place as the bedrock upon which to build a life that honors God.Listed below is a ‘short list’ of some great books that have helped shape my life and thinking over the decades. My ‘Top Ten’ are designated with an * and you’ll find them parceled out within the Faith Walk, Personal Impact, and A View of World & Culture categories. Check out the brief editorials, provide your comments and suggest new and/or better titles.