Ten Books that changed me

Recently I was asked a few times to explain my “evolution.” These are the books that have probably been the most influential on me over the course of my short life.

10. Ben Carson’s Gifted Hands and Tom Landry’s Autobiography

I’ll never forget the day I stood over Coach Landry’s humble grave and read the words “Well done my good and faithful servant.” My prayer is that some day another confused young man may find the same wisdom and strength from my example.

9. America Aflame by David Goldfield

It’s a massive tome that’s not easy to take in but the story he tells is a vibrant account that makes you feel present for the events. It’s absolutely essential reading for any and all Americans, and especially Evangelicals. It will change the way you view everything so read with caution.

8. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Writing isn’t magic, it’s like everything else. It just requires work. Which also requires time and not everyone has time. The wisdom here can be applied to anything but it’s honest and horrific take on writing made me realize I had always been a writer living in denial.

7. Tribe by Sebastian Junger

6. How Great Generals Win by Bevin Alexander

5. The Princess Bride by William Goldman.

The film is one of the best adaptations of a novel ever, with pretty much everything included. But what’s missing is of course your imagination. Until you’ve seen your own private version of Goldman’s masterwork you haven’t really seen it.

“Life is pain, anyone who says differently is selling something.”

That’s how I know Jesus wasn’t selling anything. And why I respect thinkers like Buddha but also realize that his answers were helpful but far from complete. If you’ve never read this book you simply must at some point.

4. Celtic Daily Prayer by the Northumbria Community.

3. To Change the World by James Davison Hunter

2. Sacred Sorrow by Michael Card

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Number One by far is Tree of Salvation: Yggdrasil and the Cross in the North by G. Ronald Murphy

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