Your Favorite Books of 2012

5 Sep

I am compiling a list of my 10 favorite books from 2012. I am going to do a review of each one and post the list in the month of December.

Here’s where you come in:

I’d love to hear from you what your favorite book this year has been.

Give me 1-3 of your favorites and a brief description of why in the comment section below. I will include a few of your submissions in the December post.

I will re-post this a few times between now and December if have books you’d like to add.

12 Responses to “Your Favorite Books of 2012”

  1. Joel Harrison September 5, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

    Definitely going with the bible on this one. Year after year, it manages to find it’s way onto my top 10 list.

  2. cjoelharrison September 5, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

    Great question… I’m going with the Bible on this one. Year after year, it seems to nudge its way to the top of my top 10 list.

  3. Ricky Kirk September 5, 2012 at 5:48 pm #

    Two come to mind: Pagan Christianity by Viola and Barna and The New Global Mission by S. Escobar.

    Pagan challenges ones understanding of church rituals, customs and traditions. While they might push the envelope a bit ad with some of their assertions, the book is well documented and they ask the difficult questions everyone else is afraid to answer.

    Global is a gem! It addresses the globalization of missions and how this shift is impacting the church both in the West and other Third-World nations. It is a solid and well-written book that presents a biblical theology of missions in a global context.

  4. Justin Wright September 5, 2012 at 5:48 pm #

    “The One Minute Manager” by Blanchard/Johnson
    This is NOT a ministry book. It’s totally a business book, but 100% of it can be applied to the life of a staff pastor. It gave me some good insights on how to be the leader of a team and how to be part of a team. (Plus it’s less than 100 pages and a super easy read. Can be handled in an evening.)

    “Soul Print” by Mark Batterson
    His books are definitely Pop Christianity, but this one does a great job of explaining that we all have a destiny and that a huge component of that destiny is to live a “Great Commission Lifestyle.”

    “Good to Great” by Jim Collins
    This is an old one, another business book. It’s a look at 50 or so companies. From the late ’60’s-now, some of them blew up and some of them faded away. Great principles can be extrapolated for crafting a healthy vision for ministry.

    • pastorjosephphillips September 5, 2012 at 6:22 pm #

      I have yet to read “Good to Great” and I’ve heard a million good things about it.

  5. Brandon September 5, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

    • God Fearers by Toby Janicki •
    It is a good attempt at examining first century non-Jewish believers in Messiah. What were their values? How did non-Jews relate to Judaism? What exactly were the Biblical apostolic standards for them?

    It is a concise (127 pages) yet almost comprehensive (277 historical / Biblical references) study.

    • pastorjosephphillips September 5, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

      Haven’t heard of Janicki. I’ll have to look into that. Thanks for the comment.

  6. Ben dover September 5, 2012 at 6:16 pm #

    Any thing with vampires

  7. Tony A. Ward September 5, 2012 at 6:21 pm #


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