Each year I recommend a handful of books that have made an impression on me. Here are my Top 5 from 2014:
The Happiness Hypothesis, Jonathan Haidt
Being Mortal, Atul Gawande
The History of Christian Theology, Phillip Cary
The Presence of the Past, Rupert Sheldrake
In the Plex, Steven Levy
What makes a book noteworthy is that it changes how we think, usually through new information or a fresh perspective. Such a work makes it impossible to see the world as we used to.
Our brains can shrink with age and our minds constrict, which leads to a hardening of the categories. Great books serve as a mental and spiritual angioplasty; the ideas they insert into our thinking are stents that increase the flow of knowledge, imagination, creativity and humility.
Speaking of books, here are five I’d like to write that would probably cause aneurysms:
The Epiphenomenal God: Shadow Or Substance?
100 Things To Do Before Getting Alzheimer’s: Stuff Worth Doing Even Though You Won’t Remember It (And Stuff To Do Because You Won’t!)
The Holey Bible: Seeing Scripture As Divine And Human, Inspired But Not Inerrant
The Teacher Who Beats Her Students And Gets Away With It! The Shocking Truth About Ms. Experience
Why There Will Be Sex In Heaven But Not Marriage: Implications Of A Resurrection Body