My Top 5 Books This Year – Book Giveaway

Winners of the my favorite book giveaway:


Jason Stewart

Congratulations…They each get their choice of one of my five favorite books of 2010!

Thanks for reading my blog this year!

I usually read tons of books each year, but this has been a relatively slow reading year. Still, I read some books this year that greatly impacted me, perhaps becoming some of my favorite books of all times. In fact, I believe in them enough that I want to share them with you and give a couple away this Christmas.

Here are my top 5 books for 2010. I will give two of them away to random readers of this post. (Details below…you can click on the name to read more about each one.)

The Prodigal God by Tim Keller – This is perhaps one of the best looks at the story of the Prodigal Son I have ever read. If you have been a believer for very long, this book will challenge you in how you live out your faith.

The Grace of God by Andy Stanley – Andy is one of my favorite speakers and authors. He has a way of communicating truth in an understandable way and he does this brilliantly with the vital issue of grace.

Linchpin by Seth Godin – This is a simple book, but it is oh so profound at looking at how our work environments, careers, and the way we accomplish things is done these days.

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell – This is not a new book, but I had put off reading it. I read it on the plane to Africa this Summer and shortly into the book I was mesmerized. Gladwell will challenge your thinking of why some succeed in life and others may not.

Sticky Teams by Larry Osborne – I had the opportunity to spend some time with this author this year and I can’t believe I had not been closely following his work previously. This book is full of nuggets of how to make teams work well.

Here’s how you can have an opportunity to win one of these books:

  1. Comment on this post with your favorite book of 2010…or one you would suggest I read.
  2. RT or Share this post via Twitter or Facebook.

I will choose two random winners tomorrow and mail you a copy of your book of choice from the list above.

Thanks for being a reader of this blog this year!

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63 thoughts on “My Top 5 Books This Year – Book Giveaway

  1. The book that had the biggest impact on me this year was The Divine Commodity by Skye Jethani. If you’ve already read it, the next one in my queue is The Story of God, the Story of Us by Sean Gladding.

  2. The book that had the biggest impact on me this year was The Divine Commodity by Skye Jethani. If you've already read it, the next one in my queue is The Story of God, the Story of Us by Sean Gladding.

  3. Read a lot of good books this year. My favorite, though, had to be Primal by Mark Batterson. Great take on the Great Commandment.

  4. I would suggest you read Power Thoughts by Joyce Meyer.
    We can actually change our thoughts and think positive ones! 🙂
    It's a wonderful book.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  5. Been dying to read Prodigal God! Of course they all sound great. I read two of andy Stanley's books this year, Choosing to Cheat and Fields of Gold – both very good. My fav this year has been Authentic Communication by Lewis and Muehlhoff – two profs at Biola. The book is about Christians engaging culture. Just came out this year. Definitely worth giving it a turn. Oh, I also LOVE TIm Downs' mysteries. So many great books!

    Thanks for the giveaway and have a Merry Christmas!

  6. So many good books to choose from. I can't believe that I have not read any of the books you recommended. Thank you for sharing them.

    There are several books that I really liked this year:
    Radical–David Platt
    @stickyJesus-Tami Heim & Toni Birdsong
    God's Healing for Life's Losses–Robert Kellemen

    I am currently reading a book that makes me want to go into hiding to finish–Ann Spangler. Good stuff.

    I love your blog.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  7. Just finished The Grace of God and it's at the top of my list as well. Easy to go through and great insight! Make sure to check out the Facebook quiz that goes along with it. Excellent companion to the book

  8. One of the best books I've read this year, and one of my favorites, is Worship Matters by Bob Kauflin. I've passed this book on to a number of our worship team members. I recommend every pastor and worship leader/pastor read this book.

  9. I’ve read numerous books this year but none on this list. Two I would suggest, both great for
    Leaders. Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung and In a Pit with a Lion on a snowy day by Mark Batterson

  10. Always love hearing new suggestions, and I'm a junky for year-end lists. What book to suggest…hmmm, I'm going to go with "Plan B" by Pete Wilson. Our small group used it and it led to some very deep thought and discussions on where we all were in life. One of the people in our group was going through a divorce, so it was a refreshing way to both open thought ways for them, but also encourage a dialog. My wife and I are 5 yrs into our marriage, and it was great to reflect on those 5 years as to where we thought we were "supposed" to be. You know–kids, jobs, etc. By Pete Wilson relaying stories as varied from David to Crossing the Jordan concepts it really allowed us to think not about where society wants us, but where God wants us.

  11. Very good list. I also had a light reading year, but I would definitely recommend Sun Stand Still by Steven Furtick and The Executive and The Elephant by Richard Daft.

  12. Great list Ron! My favorite book this year was "Ordering Your Private World" by Gordon Macdonald. I think it is a great book for all leaders and believers looking to develop a more intimate relationship with God.

  13. Didn't do much book reading this year,2010. The books I read this year and which impacted on me greatly are,
    Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
    Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale
    and I managed to read through the Holy Bible, Reading the Bible start to end was my only 2010 new year's resolution that I voiced

  14. I just finished Permission to Speak Freely by Anne Jackson. It was a powerful book and easy to read. The content was timely for me in dealing with a personal situation. Her discussion on the Gift of Going Second has impacted the way I listen to others, listening for cues as to when someone needs to share something. I will be passing this book onto friends for sure.

  15. it's extremely helpful to see these reviews. makes it a lot easier to select future reads than scrolling through
    as for myself – thoroughly enjoyed Forgotten God by F. Chan, as well as Lead Like Jesus by K. Blanchard.

  16. One of the best books was actually an audiobook…"Bonhoeffer" by Eric Metaxas…a book I read that I highly recommend is "Radical" by David Platt.

  17. The most impacting book I've read this year is "Don't Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart" by Kenneth C. Haugk. I read this book because my role has recently changed from Pastor of Small Groups to Pastor of Care. I want to sharpen my skills as much as possible in this area. The book is small, but packed fill of practical application. Here are some thought-provoking quotes:

    “You are entering another's house of pain. When you enter another person's home, you know there are rules or customs of tradition, courtesy, and common sense. You are the guest. The other person is the host, and the host sets the rules, not you. For example, you don't presume to go wherever you want without asking. Parts of the house are private unless the host invites you to enter them. You follow rules of courtesy to be polite and well mannered in the home of another. And common sense tells you that you don't get to redecorate another person's house to suit your own taste. As with homes, so it is with lives. Each hurting person is unique, each one an individual. The one who is hurting offers you the hospitality of his or her most private space, a room furnished with pain. As a guest in that private space you should not attempt to redo the person's way of handling the situation to suit yourself.” pages 35-36

    “How angry are you allowed to get at God? How much wailing, screaming, crying, and venting are you allowed? As much as it takes is the answer. As much as your feelings demand. The truth about God here is very clear: God can take whatever you can dish out. In the same way, God can handle whatever the suffering person dishes out. It's inappropriate for you to quiet someone who is ranting angrily at God.” page 72

    “A desire to ‘make it all better’ usually arises from the best of intentions. The trouble is that when you try to fix someone else's emotional or spiritual problem quickly you usually just cover up his or her pain. An insightful research participant explains: ‘The tendency to fix things overlooks feelings. It bypasses where the person actually is at the moment and attempts to put healing in the hands of the caregiver.’ Suffering people do not respond well to quick fixes or easy solutions because this approach short-circuits the normal coping process.” page 80

    “Fixing can be okay, as long as it's dinner or the other person's car. But trying to fix a person is not an appropriate or even attainable goal. Here's a good rule of thumb: Fix things; relate to people.” page 81

  18. Ron,
    Thanks for the opportunity to win a book!
    My three favorites from this year were: "The Prodigal God" by Keller, "The Heart Mender" by Andy Andrews, and "The Search for God and Guinness" by Stephen Mansfield.
    Do you typically publish your reading list? I recently discovered Here's what I worked on this year:… . Would love to see what you've been reading or plan to read in 2011.

  19. The book that rocked my world this year was 'In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day' by Mark Batterson. I read it 3 times through and it was discussions and thoughts from that book that have launched me on my current adventure.

  20. Good list. I know I was behind on the times, but my favorite book read this year was "The Shack." My favorite book I read that was actually written this year was Generation Ex-Christian.

  21. My top three books of the year were Crazy Love and Forgotten God both by Francis Chan and Hurt Healer by Tony Nolan. The first two were not new this year, though. I'd love to win The Grace of God by Andy Stanley.


  22. My favorite book of 2010 is “And: The Gathered and Scattered Church.” It’s by Hugh Halter and Matt Smay and written as a follow-up to “The Tangible Kingdom.” These two books are the best I’ve ever read about community-building for the Kingdom.

  23. As far as the books on your list. The prodigal son, and Sticky Teams sound interesting.
    The best book I read this year (I’m sure you’ve read) is Plan B by pete wilson

  24. OK, lots of good Non-fiction books on both your list, Ron, and on commenters' lists. So rather than adding other's onto it, I'll throw in a fiction book to round things out. It's definitely not new, but it is an astonishing read:

    A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller, Jr.

    I only recently read it this year and highly recommend it.

  25. I just finished Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand. It grabs you from page one and does not let go of your heart. POWERFUL powerful book.

  26. Those all sound good Ron. I haven't read much in 2010 but my suggestions would be
    – Sun Stand Still by Steven Furtick,
    – Chazown by Craig Groeschel, and
    – Christian Atheist by Craig Groeschel.
    Twitter: tijuanabecky

  27. Great selection Ron! Outliers and Linchpin are fantastic from the list. My pick for this year is "The Hole in our Gospel" by Richard E Stearns. It is indeed one of the top ten books of my all time favorites. This is an incredible piece that touches and pierces our heart. I was moved by Rischard's narration in the book. This book should not be missed at any cost.

  28. Released last year but read this year was Francis Chan's The Forgotten God: Reversing our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit. I also thoroughly enjoyed GW Bush's Decision Points and hearing him talk about his faith.

  29. Very good list. I am personnaly being really affected by "Sun Stand Still" by Steven Furtick. It's really affecting my prayer life!
    Twitter: Adam_e_parker

  30. "The Power of a Praying Wife" by Stormie O'Martian is by far the best book I have read this year. As a Christian woman, it is so important that we adhere to the Biblical teachings, of how to carry ourselves as wives, mothers, and women. This book made me realize that even though I felt that my circumstances may have justified my actions or feelings, it was not necessarily so. I needed to turn to God for things that I was trying to force my husband to be, or do. A change needed to take place internally, and not necessarily in my husband, but in myself. It taught me how to pray for my husband, and our marriage, and how to speak words of edification into his life and mine. It helped me to revere my marriage and my husband on levels I never even knew was possible.

  31. All great choices Ron! The book that had the biggest impact on me was Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky. Really great from an execution standpoint. I agree with you though, Sticky Teams was a fantastic read.