I love books and try to read around 20 a year. Most of the books I read fit into a few categories: personal growth, faith, creativity, or productivity.
Below is a list of books that have been my personal favorites. (updated 9.23.2021)
This book has long been one of my favorite books. I still have the tattered paperback with all my notes and highlights. I first read this book in the late 1990s and L’Engle put into cohesive words all my thoughts about faith and art. This is a book I return to often.
We have to be braver than we think we can be, because God is constantly calling us to be more than we are, to see through plastic sham to living, breathing reality, and to break down our defenses of self-protection in order to be free to receive and give love.
The Ocean At The End Of The Lane Neil Gaiman
The only fiction book to make my list. This book is a beautiful fairy tale. Gaiman is one of my favorite fiction writers – he has this way of telling stories that draw you into other worlds.
Nobody actually looks like what they really are on the inside. You don’t. I don’t. People are much more complicated than that. It’s true of everybody.
The Ruthless Elimination Of Hurry John Mark Comer
This is a newer book that really helped me shape things that are important to me. To slow down. Highly recommended if you are struggling with balance in life.
Hurry is a form of violence on the soul.
The Way Of The Warrior Erwin Raphael McManus
The only author to have two books on my list. It’s hard not to add all of his books because I love them all. This is my favorite (current) book by McManus. Sometimes we have to fight for the peace we want.
Inner peace does not come by accident, nor by desire. Inner peace is a journey toward self-mastery. The way of the warrior is a discipline of the soul. It is a journey toward enlightenment. And ultimately it is the outcome of a relationship with the Creator of the universe.
The Artisan Soul Erwin Raphael McManus
My second favorite book on creativity and faith (Walking on Water is number one). This book is a rich exploration of a creative God creating creative people.
He who is the Creator God is the creative God, and he created us in his image and likeness. He created us with imagination and curiosity, with the capacity to hope and dream, and he placed within us all the material necessary to live an extraordinarily creative life.
A Beautiful Anarchy David DuChemin
My favorite inspirational photography guy. This book covers more the creative life rather than photography. A must-read for anyone who is looking for some inspiration.
The greater our fears over some new venture, the more urgently we should be walking in that very direction. “Yes, I know, but I’m scared…” Exactly. Do it anyways. Rewards are greatest where the risk is greatest. If you can’t be brave, pretend you are. No one’s looking. We’re all too busy pretending we’re brave ourselves.