18 of my favorite books I read in 2018

Here are my 18 favorite* books I read in 2018 (in no particular order**):

  1. Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  2. John Frame, The Doctrine of the Christian Life
  3. Nancy Pearcey, Love Thy Body
  4. Zach Eswine, The Imperfect Pastor
  5. Darren Hardy, The Compound Effect
  6. Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
  7. Tony Dungy, The Mentor Leader
  8. D.A. Carson, Worship by the Book
  9. Brandon Sanderson, The Final Empire
  10. Thomas Sowell, Basic Economics
  11. Jackie Hill Perry, Gay Girl, Good God
  12. James D. Bradley, Flags of our Fathers
  13. Doris Kearns Goodwin, Team of Rivals
  14. Brandon Sanderson, The Well of Ascension
  15. Jeff Christopherson, Kingdom First
  16. Debby Irving, Waking Up White
  17. Jonathan Grant, Divine Sex: A Compelling Vision for Christian Relationships in a Hypersexualized Age
  18. Soong-Chan Rah, The Next Evangelicalism

And here are a few runner-ups…

  • Glynn Harrison, A Better Story
  • Clint Clifton, Church Planting Thresholds
  • Stephen Mansfield, The Search for God and Guinness
  • John C. Maxwell, The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth
  • Steven Pressfield, Gates of Fire
  • Ernest Cline, Ready Player One
  • Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Hitler Youth
  • Will Mancini, Church Unique
  • Gregory Thornbury, Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?: Larry Norman and the Perils of Christian Rock
  • David Murray, Reset: Living a Grace-Paced Life in a Burnout Culture 


*By “favorite” I mean roughly it was insightful, helpful, or very entertaining. It was difficult to choose my favorite books especially between genres.  

**Because it would be crushing to try to determine what order to put them in. 

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About Paul O'Brien

I am a lot of things; saint and sinner. I struggle and I strive. I am a husband and father of three. I have been in pastoral ministry for 10 years. I went to school at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary but most of my schooling has been at the School of Hard Knocks. I have worked various jobs, including pheasant farmer, toilet maker, construction worker, and I served in the military. My wife and I enjoy reading at coffee shops, taking walks, hanging out with friends and family, and watching our three kid's antics. :)

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