TOP MUST READS
Here is a list of my favorite reads in no particular order...for now!
The Great Library Series by Rachel Caine
An intoxicating series of knowledge, power, corruption, intrigue, love, life, and all that is in between set in a real, yet surreal time period of the old is still embraced by the modern is present.
Pilgrim's Progress by Bunyan
Christian allegory of our walk through this life. Learn how you associate your walk today with so many other saints and martyrs of yesterday.
Grant by Ron Chernow
Want to know more about the 18th president of the United States? This in-depth 900+ page biography of Grant is an amazing informative piece of a man misunderstood for the potential he possessed.
A Small Book about a Big Problem by Edward T. Welch
This daily reading or like me, I use it as a weekly reading small devotional book will help you navigate one of the biggest problems with how you deal with disappointment and heartache. Anger a huge problem in a tiny package.
The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After
by Clemantine Wamariya
This is a work of nonfiction. A handful of the people in the book have been given pseudonyms; otherwise, everyone is identified by their real names. We have worked hard to be accurate and, just as crucial to a book like this, emotionally honest. But memory is flawed and idiosyncratic, and many of the events described here happened decades ago to a child under intense stress.
Every human life is equally valuable. Each person's story is vital. This is just one.
by William Wilberforce
This edition of his classic book from 1797, Real Christianity, is paraphrased in modern language and made more accessible to contemporary readers. This is the book that helped abolish the slave trade in the United Kingdom and called Christians to live a more authentic life of faith more than two hundred years ago. The timeless truths it contains will speak to readers in fresh ways today. Christians who eschew cultural Christianity in favor of a real faith in Christ will find the principles here thought-provoking and applicable. The social justice orientation will appeal to readers of Jim Wallis, Os Guinness, Charles Colson, Shane Claiborne, John Perkins, Bono, and Nancy Pearcey. Readers will also find the book is a good litmus test of the authenticity of their own faith.
by Thomas Payne
Thomas Paine arrived in America from England in 1774. A friend of Benjamin Franklin, he was a writer of poetry and tracts condemning the slave trade. In 1775, as hostilities between Britain and the colonies intensified, Paine wrote Common Sense to encourage the colonies to break the British exploitative hold and fight for independence. The little booklet of 50 pages was published January 10, 1776, and sold a half-million copies, approximately equal to 75 million copies today.
Before You Pick Up Your Bible
by Matt Smethurst
We know the Bible is important, but many of us struggle with it. We're not biblical experts—though we may have started enough reading plans to be really familiar with Genesis. If we're honest, the Bible often intimidates us, confuses us, and reading it doesn't always thrill us.
The U.P. Trail
by Zane Grey
The U.P. Trail narrates the story of William Neale, a young engineer working for the Union Pacific railway. He must contend with Indians, bandits, badlands, and bad weather to get the train to the destination. The railroads are expanding to link the nation, with the celebrated golden spike marking the spot in Utah where the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific would meet.
by Claire Legrand
When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed...unless the trials kill her first.
One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable―until her mother vanishes.
One Thousand White Women
by Jim Fergus
This is a novel that I highly suggest to see the ins and outs of society as a whole. It is based on a crucial time in our country's history: The Indian Wars. This is a novel written from historical events from the eyes of a lady who had left scant diaries of her involvement in a secret trial phase of blending cultures. It is raw. It is open. It is honest. And most of all it shows that man is man and there are good ones and bad ones. Western historical fiction through the eyes of those who had to deal with the worst of it: women. A great read!
The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate The Three Essential Virtues
In his classic book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni laid out a groundbreaking approach for tackling the perilous group behaviors that destroy teamwork. Here he turns his focus to the individual, revealing the three indispensable virtues of an ideal team player.
In The Ideal Team Player, Lencioni tells the story of Jeff Shanley, a leader desperate to save his uncle’s company by restoring its cultural commitment to teamwork. Jeff must crack the code on the virtues that real team players possess, and then build a culture of hiring and development around those virtues.