The 2017 Book List

Books and other information sources read (or listened to) in 2017. Find the 2016 book list here.


  1. Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brene Brown
  2. Rising Strong: The Reckoning. The Rumble. The Revolution. by Brene Brown
  3. The Friendship Factor: How to Get Closer to the People you Care for by Alan Loy McGinnis
  4. Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships Sue Johnson
  5. Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning Hope and Repair by Anne Lamott
  6. Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High by Al Switzler, Joseph Grenny, and Ron McMillan
  7. Love-ology: Love. Marriage. Sex. And the Never-Ending Story of Male and Female by John Mark Comer
  8. Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People by Vanessa Van Edwards
  9. Necessary Endings by Dr. Henry Cloud
  10. Integrity: The Courage to Meet the Demands of Reality by Dr. Henry Cloud
  11. Never Go Back by Dr. Henry Cloud
  12. Building a Story Brand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen by Donald Miller
  13. The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance by Steven Kotler
  14. The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow your Passion by Elle Luna
  15. Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
  16. The Gift in You: Discovering New Life Through Gifts Hidden in Your Mind by Dr. Caroline Leaf
  17. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
  18. Do The Work: Overcome Resistance and Get Out of Your Own way by Steven Pressfield
  19. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson
  20. Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry
  21. Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done by Jon Acuff


  1. What is the Bible? How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything by Rob Bell
  2. God Secrets: A Life Filled with Words of Knowledge by Shawn Bolz
  3. Fasting: Opening the Door to a Deeper, More Intimate, More Powerful Relationship with God by Jentezen Franklin
  4. Battlefield of the Mind: Winning the Battle in Your Mind by Joyce Meyer
  5. Crash the Chatterbox: Hearing God’s Voice Above All Others by Steven Furtick

Also, teachings in sermon or blog format by Eric Knopf, Bill Johnson, and Gabe Lyons.

Fiction/ Memoir

  1. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  2. Truth and Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
  3. Chemistry by Weike Wang
  4. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  5. How to Live on 24 hours a Day (1910 essay)by Arnold Benett

Other influential blogs and authors: Chase JarvisSeth Godin, Marie Forleo, Austin Kleon, Brain Pickings Magazine, Elizabeth Gilbert, Lara Casey.

Thanks to all book recommenders and lenders! Now, onto next year: what’s on your 2018 book list?

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