Books are to readers what weights are to scuba divers: they take you places you couldn’t go on your own.
While I enjoy books, I’m not a fast reader. So I’ve found audiobooks to be an ally in taking me places through my reading while also optimizing my commute. About 25% of the books below were enjoyed while driving. In this, I recommend “double-speed” (referring to the speed of the listening, not the driving).
One of my favorite authors, David McCullough, tells the (long) story of the making of the Panama Canal.
David McCullough’s first book: the now-relatively unremembered tragedy which occurred in 1889 and could’ve been avoided.
A charming and concise survey of world history, from a purely secular standpoint.
A short collection of essays about friendship by famed historian, Stephen Ambrose.
A boots-on-the-ground retelling of life in a lesser-known army during the Civil War.
One of the best books I’ve read on how to work Christianly in our various vocations.
Real-life examples bring home the need all of us have to live out the gospel in our relationships.
A short re-telling for children of the classic allegory: The Pilgrim’s Progress.
A devotional commentary on the second half of John’s Gospel.
Goes through 50 different instructions that Jesus gave His followers: for them to obey and teach to others.
Narrates the sometimes significant influence that Billy Graham had on U.S. Presidents (from Truman to Bush), and sometimes the influence that the Presidents had on Billy Graham.
A short life of Jonathan Edwards, who was one of America’s most brilliant theologians.
Recently published biography of C.S. Lewis, relying especially on his writings. An excellent place to being learning about Lewis and how to read his works.
The overlapping lives of two world leaders brilliantly told by a first-rate historian.
One-volume biography of one of the 20th Centuries most influential and God-centered preachers. Christ-exalting.
A helpful and reverential focus on the Person of God, with special emphasis on His holiness and compassion, and how they interrelate.
A brief treatment of the doctrines of grace from a warm and seasoned pastoral perspective.
A 16th Century pastor writing about the loving heart of our Savior as displayed through a handful of rich biblical passages.
One of the 20th Centuries most enduring and captivating defenses and recommendations of the Christian faith.
A practical discussion of the challenges and priorities which accompany any kind of “second-chair” leadership.
A short book packed with vivid encouragement and application about how we can (and must) live out the Good News of Jesus in our life together as a church.
A thought-provoking examination of how people naturally connect in churches, and how those relationships can be cultivated.
The second book of C. S. Lewis’s Space Trilogy, this is one of my favorite Lewis books. Entertaining, yet instructive about our walk of faith and fight against sin.
Not a marriage book, this is a fictional account of an imaginary bus trip from Hell to Heaven. Along the way, Lewis exposes many familiar excuses and reasons why people refuse Christ.