I am accepting this challenge from my friend Perci Paras to name the top 10 books that have impacted my life.
I am excluding the Bible here because it is in a class in itself. It cannot be possibly compared with other books that we know.
Here are the top 10 books, but I think I can’t put them in order because they made an impact in different areas of my life. Here goes:
10) I Kissed Dating Goodbye
This book helped my develop my convictions in guarding my relationship with the opposite sex. I encourage all students and all single professionals (whose season have not yet arrived) to read this.
9) The Meaning of Marriage
Don’t let the title of the book think that this is only for married couples. This is a great book for everyone since one day we’re all going to get married (well for most). Tim Keller gives a great Biblical insight on the purpose, essence, mission etc. of marriage. I think that when people read this, they will have a realistic viewpoint of what marriage is all about and correct certain false expectations about it.
8) Who Moved my Cheese?
This is a book about change. You can read this in an hour or so! This book helped me view CHANGE differently and how to navigate through all the unexpected things that this world will bring. I wrote a blog recently about this. Check it out!
7) Living by the Book
How to read your Bible! As a new Christian I wanted to get the most out of my Bible reading experience. This book inspired me to read it more and more and more! Because of this book, I’ve meditated on the Bible and got the best out of it! This is a classic and is very reader friendly too.
6) The Life You’ve Always Wanted
A book about spiritual disciplines. I recommend this especially for those have been longer in the faith already. John Ortberg is one of my favourite authors because of his very candid yet profound writing style. This book helped me view life differently especially with the way I pace myself, my prayer life, reading the Bible and living a well balanced life. I still need to revisit this book from time to time to get better at the other spiritual disciplines.
5) The Calculus 7
I’m a Math Major, need I say more? This book helped me appreciate derivatives, integration, series and limit all the more. One of the best Calculus books, if not the best, for all college students.
4) The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
This really has to be at the top 5. I believe my top ten will change the more I read and as the years pass, but I believe nothing can replace this on my top 5. I’ve been applying those 7 habits ever since the time I read this book and continually use them. A lot of leadership books have their roots in Stephen Covey.
The reason I put these next three books is because I did not just get a good idea from them, but because their leadership have had an influence in my life as well. They reached thousands of people with their leadership including mine. That’s why these three are very powerful to me.
3) The Lego Principle: The Power of Connecting to God and One Another
Great book about valuing relationships. God really did put it simply: Love Him, Love others. It’s simple but not easy. I learned the basic relationship principles from Pastor Joey Bonifacio: TRUST, LOVE, FORGIVENESS and COMMUNICATION. These four never fails.
2) Wiki Church: Making Discipleship Engaging, Empowering and Viral
Discipleship changed my life, it can change your as well! However, this book are for those who are already discipled. I encourage you, especially if you’re reading this to read this so that you will be inspired to make disciples and be the difference our society longs for. Discipleship can change the world! Jesus himself said to GO and MAKE DISCIPLES. This book simplifies discipleship and makes it exciting.
1) 100 Years From Now: Sustaining a Movement for Generations
This book talks about the core values of our Every Nation Church all summed up in one phrase: Honor God and Make Disciples.
I really wrote around 20 books but I cannot put them all here because I’ll break the rule of the challenge. I’ll just write them here just like any other top 10 blog would do. HEHE:
Others that did not make the top 10 but still made an impact in my life are:
How to Win Friends and Influence People, Courageous Leadership, Habitudes, 5 Dysfunctions of a Team, Case for Christ, Next Generation Leader, Communicating for a Change, Christ-Centered Preaching, The Principle of the Path.
Share yours! I nominate LifeBox Malate to post their top ten blogs and all Victory Group Leaders in LifeBox Malate. 🙂