The Books I Read Every Year

I love to read. I read nearly every morning for 30 minutes to an hour. It is relaxing, refreshing and a great way to stay mentally alert. I mostly read non-fiction (Biographies, Technical, Leadership) and will read 2-3 fiction stories a year (with one classic). Although I might read 10-12 new books a year, there are two books that I read every year. One in January, the other in December.

Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim's Tale, by Ian Morgan Cron

I was given Chasing Francis as a gift in 2013. I read it cover to cover in just a few days. This fictional account of an Evangelical Pastor's journey to Italy to walk in the footsteps of St. Francis is mesmerizing. Although it is pure fiction, the story is based on the historical accounts (and legends) of St. Francis of Assisi.  

What makes Chasing Francis so appealing is not the story itself. Honestly, the story is a little too neat and falls together too easily...but what makes this book worth repeating are the efforts Cron makes in helping us see the discipline and dedication someone like St. Francis lived with. For someone living in the American Church today, this can be a refreshing reminder of the sacrifice it takes to truly live for Jesus.

I have read it every January since, and will do so again in 2017.

The War of Art, by Steven Pressfield

The War of Art is a different book entirely. This short, easy read is dedicated to helping artists recognize the struggle that comes with creating good art. Pressfield, quite the accomplished writer, focuses on the Resistance we all face and the struggles that come with it.

Pressfield recognizes the Resistance as something to wage war on. Something to battle and push through as only then will you be able to create the art you want. I always pull this book out in December, as a way to refocus heading in to the new year. It is such an easy (yet challenging) read that it can be read in one setting if you so choose. 

Although I will read many books throughout a year, these two I always come back too. 

What books do you find yourself repeatedly coming back to?

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