Michael Jordan: The Life by Roland Lazenby

This is one of the best biographies I have ever read. Lazenby has a brilliant way of bringing out the humanness of his subject in a profound way. I came away from this book wanting to be a bit more like Mike and yet not at the same time. Jordan is seen as superman with deep flaws and this makes him far more human than the godlike hero many of us have thought him to be. Lazenby explores his background and goes into detail about the events and the life experiences that made Michael Jordan the greatest Basketballer ever. If you, like me, love basketball sell your shirt and go and buy this book. If you are not a basketball nut read this book to understand one of the most iconic figures of the last fifty years.

The Great Divorce by C.S Lewis.

In the Great Divorce a bus full of people from Hell go to heaven and have the option of discarding one aspect of themselves in exchange for heaven and all it’s joys. This is a brilliant theological fantasy. It is chock full of theological insights. The main point of the books is that people choose hell over heaven because there is something in their life they want to hold onto more than being in heaven with God. A profound insight! This is a book that I hope all Christians read while remembering that it is theological fantasy.

 

A Praying Life: Connecting With God In A Distracting World by Paul E. Miller

In the praying life Miller helps us reengage with God by becoming like a child who learns once again to talk to their heavenly father like a child. He shows that one of our biggest obstacles to a truly rich prayer life is dealing with our cynicism and we deal with it precisely by having faith like a child again. This book is punctuated by moving stories form Miller’s prayer life and his life with his family. I hope everyone at my church will read. If you are a Christian you will profit greatly from this book.

Churchill by Paul Johnson

A friend of mine once said that we should read less books about leadership and read more books about great leaders. This is the first book that I have read about one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century, Winston Churchill. This book clocks in at less than 180 pages and is brilliantly written. Churchill leaps of the pages and becomes an inspiring figure. This is a great book to read if you have never read anything about Churchill or if you are a leader who wants to be inspired!

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