The following is a list of books that have “broken me”, meaning they have significantly changed the way I think or do things.
- When People are Big and God is Small by Edward Welch – This book is a yank back from psychological “significance” teaching and is definitely a game changer.
- Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands by Timothy Lane and Paul Tripp – This book is awesome, particularly in the beginning where it describes idolatry so well. Not many people are courageous enough to read the back of the book because its description of human relationships can be intimidating.
- Jesus + Nothing = Everything by Tulian Tchividjian - While I will not completely “sell out” to this book, the ideas in it are compelling, particularly where it describes what we have in Christ as EVERYTHING we need. I am only slightly concerned that there may be some drifting towards antinomianism here, and therefore recommend reading it with care, but it is a life changer.
- Joy at Work by Dennis Bakke – This book describes a way to be a manager on the job that promotes a fun (and therefore productive) workplace. It BROKE me in terms of how I think about audits and controls. WARNING: most high level managers will think you are nuts if you agree with this book.
- Test Driven – Practical TDD and Acceptance TDD for Java Developers – Yeah, I know… this one isn’t “spiritual”, but the book radically changed the way I approach software development.