Ok, well, I think I only finished 7 books in 2008, so this is a top 7 list, even though top 10 sounds so much better. I bought a bunch of books off Amazon (really good prices for used books) and these are the ones that were worth finishing.
7. Dangerous Faith– by Joel Vestal
This is a great book if you are interested in missions or for anyone who has a heart for the world. Joel Vestal shares stories of his time living abroad and practical advice for relating to the rest of the world. The title of the first chapter sums it up, “The Bride is Bigger Than You Think.”
6. To Own a Dragon–by Donald Miller
In this book Donald Miller shares about not having a father and his experiences from living with a family from his church in college. He also shares how the lessons he learned points us to our Heavenly Father.
5. The Next Generation Leader–By Andy Stanley
Andy Stanley does a great job at showing how a great leader should live. I really enjoyed his stories and examples of leadership and will continue to read this book as I grow in my leadership.
4. The New Friars–by Scott Bessenecker
This book shows the stories of young Christians who have voluntarily removed themselves from the comforts of society in order to seek justice and mercy with the poorest of the world’s poor. These people follow Jesus’ example and became poor to reach the poor. The stories will awe and inspire you.
3. Under the Overpass–by Mike Yankoski
To understand homelessness better and gain a heart for those who were, college student Mike Yankoski became homeless on purpose. He spent a few weeks in 5 different cities living on the streets and writes about his experiences. I will never look at a homeless person the same again.
2. The Only Road North —by Erik Mirandette
This is an amazing true story about three guys who ride dirt bikes from south to north across Africa. This story isn’t wrapped up with a neat and tidy bow, and that’s what I like about it.
1. Crazy Love—by Francis Chan
My favorite book of the year and probably of all time. Francis Chan brings the Bible to life and shows how we can live our every day lives in light of it.