An amazing year of reading.  All these books rock.  Check em 🙂   In no particular order (just the order I pulled them off my shelf), here they are:

I Thought It was Just Me (but it itsn’t) by Brene Brown.  What DON’T I like about Brene’s message on shame and vulnerability?!  Closely tied into my Culture Rebel message, this book is powerful.  Her educated research on how freeing vulnerability truly is for a woman keeps me wanting to have courage to live wide open.  She rebels against the quest for perfection.  What’s not to love?!

Wrecked by Jeff Goins.  Amazing read for anyone who has no idea what to do with the brokenness you see around you.  I found this book to bring passion towards those less fortunate, but also a healthy balance.  Jeff is always refreshing to read.  His blog is wonderful.

7, an experimental mutiny against excess by Jen Hatmaker.  Fully Culture Rebel approved.  Jen Hatmaker is enjoyable to read through her humour and honesty of taking one month each of limiting her clothing choices, shopping, media, stress and waste.  A great read for anyone hungry for something beyond “stuff”.

Unsqueezed by Margot Starbuck.  Probably one of my favourite people on the planet, Margot couldn’t have stated women’s body image issues better.  Margot will draw you in with her wit and then jab you with truth.  This book is one I look at again and again.

Right Here, Right Now by Lance Ford and Alan Hirsch.  I can’t get enough of Alan and now I’m a big Lance fan as well.  This book is a must for anyone done with enough of “why live missional”.  This is the HOW, and not just for those employed to do mission, but for the rest of us.

Souled Out by Tania Fiolleau.  I had the pleasure of meeting Tania when I visited Vancouver, BC this fall.  Her book tells the story of her journey of escaping prostitution and owning a brothel.  Move over 50 Shades of Grey, this book makes 50 Shades look rated G, but it’s true and redemptive.  I was blown away at her amazing story.

Small Things With Great Love (adventures in loving your neighbour) by Margot Starbuck.  I love me some Margot.  This book i have labeled the “how to love your neighbour but have no flippin clue what that looks like and how to do it” book.  A practical, fun book to read on how to truly love those around you!  She’s sold me on the small.

Crazy Love by Francis Chan.  An amazing read for anyone wanted to break free of the status quo.  Francis Chan is someone I greatly respect.  I love how he and his wife downsized so they could be radically generous.  That, my friends, is some crazy culture rebellion.  Watch more about that here.

The Invisible by Arloa Sutter. I started and finished this book in the Chicago airport.  I couldn’t put it down.  By the time the time I got on the plane, I was finished.  I am captivated by my friend Arloa’s bravery to start Breakthrough Urban Ministries in Chicago by simply having a love for the poor.  She saw need and met it.  She reminded me to “see” people.

From Out of the Flames by Dave Hammer.  I met Dave this summer through my husband.  He has an amazing story of surviving being burned severely by a fire when he was 5 years old.  He has a beautiful soul.  He has overcome much in his life since.  The fire took the use of his fingers and being able to eat.  Reading his story is moving and a great reminder of the resilience God puts in the human heart.

The Faith of Leap by Alan Hirsch and Michael Frost. The tag line says: “Embracing a theology of risk, adventure and courage.” What more did it need to say to catch my attention?!  The book made me want to jump out of my skin!  Warning: a dangerous read for you adventure seekers.

The Divine Commodity by Skye Jethani.  This book challenged me big time in areas of consumerism but also in church consumerism.  It gave me a new approach to faith that has been a huge breath of fresh air in my life.  I will never be the same.

They Like Jesus but not the Church by Dan Kimball.  The title says it all.  Dan spent much time interviewing people what they thought of Jesus and what they thought of the church.  An interesting read just to hear what people said.

Seeker by Dian Layton.   I am just finishing up reading this amazing adventure to my six year old.  Dian is a good friend who has an amazing gift of story telling life changing stories that are impacting for kids.  I can’t tell you enough wonderful things about the Seeker series.  My son loves them!

 

On my reading list for this year so far: (looks like I better get on it)

Reigning Royalty by Luc Niebergall

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

Refuse to do Nothing by Shayne Moore and Kimberly McOwen Yim

Pagan Christianity by Frank Viola and George Barna

UnChristian by David Kinnaman

Black and Blue Sari by Kamal Dhillon

All Things Become New by Christina Harding Hammond

Morgan’s Journey by Rachel Joy