Words That Give Me Life in 2015: 20 Favorite Books, 3 albums, and 1 blog

And to beat the band to the coming barrage of Year-End Lists, here’s my Top 20 Favorite Books of 2015, in no particular order, with the exception of #1:

20 – Commemorating King – Ewuare X. Osayande

19 – Pray, Write, Grow: Cultivating Prayer and Writing Together – Ed Cyzewski

18- Unoffendable – Brant Hansen

17 – Brimstone – Hugh Halter

16 – A More Christlike God: A More Beautiful Gospel – Brad Jersak

15 – Unafraid – Susie Davis

14 – After The Wrath of God – Anthony Petro

13 – Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates

12 – Wild in the Hollow – Amber C Haines

11 – Rising Strong – Brene Brown

10 – Avenue of Mysteries – John Irving

9 – A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara

8 – Did You Ever Have a Family? – Bill Clegg

7 – Everything – Mary DeMuth

6 – The Art of Memoir – Mary Karr

5 – Man Enough – Nate Pyle

4 – WANTED – Chris Hoke

3 – Coming Clean – Seth Haines

2 – Accidental Saints – Nadia Bolz-Weber
I assume to no one’s surprise that has followed me at all here or on FB, the book whose words are hope and Life (and great storytelling!) to me and a book I will continue to gift to others – #1 is, of course,

1 – Midnight Jesus – Jamie Blaine

*all of the books on my list are available from your favorite booksellers (Amazon, B&N, etc.) And would make wonderful, enriching gifts for loved ones, including yourself.

** Looking Ahead – Coming up in 2016, “The Edge of Over There” Shawn Smucker’s sequel to “The Day the Angels Fell”

And among favorite blogs: INDISPENSABLE: John Pavlovitz

Music: Lotsa favorites from country to jazz, but really nothing came close to these 3:
A Table Full of Strangers – Jason Upton

Psalms – Sandra McCracken

The Burning Edge of Dawn – Andrew Peterson

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to alla ya’s and especially y’all artists, writers, musicians, etc. who compel us, convict us, nurture and inspire us, and through your courage, heart, and talent share hope in our hope-starved world.FB_IMG_1450201308803

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