Every once in a while, you read a book that completely floors you. I’m talking choking, gasping for air, because the wind was knocked out of you. The Celtic Way of Evangelism was one of the books. It has dramatically changed the way I think about church and ministry. I’ve re-read the book several times–because that’s what you do with good books–and continue to find fresh insights and applications for ministry. I’ve even attempted to structure our youth ministry based on the findings of the book.
I’ve been reading some remarkable success stories lately, and there is a common theme tying them all together: the importance of facing your fears. Throughout history, every great success is preceded by someone’s firm decision to not give up, even in the midst of crippling doubt and paralyzing fear.
At some point, these strong and deliberate individuals made the choice to not fold or cower or shrink back, but to face their fear head on. The rest, as they say, is history.
According to Goodreads, most of my book choices usually fall under the Non-Fiction category. I tried to change that up this year, challenging myself to read more fiction. In fact, I read more fiction this past year than anything else. I learned a ton and recaptured a love of story in new and profound ways. Here is a list of my favorite fiction books I read in 2013:
This weird thing has taken place in my life and I feel the time has come for me to confess this. I sort of feel like Usher circa 2003 “These are my confessions.” Okay, here it is: I read the same books as teenage girls. It feels good getting that off my chest. But I should explain. At the beginning of summer, I had a few students (and by students I mean high school girls) in my youth group who recommended I read a few books. So I took them up on the offer because…well…I am a good pastor.