Books that Influenced my Life part 2
Continuing the list of the top ten books that influenced me or were life changing.
6. The Science of God Written by a physicist/mathematician using the Theory of Relativity and Quantum Mechanics shows that what the Bible says about creation and what we continue to learn about the universe, match up nicely--it depends on your perspective in the flow of time. I appreciate his just presenting the facts and his findings. He's not trying to force anything, he just says, "check this out--what happens if look this direction."
7. 1434: The Year a Magnificent Chinese Fleet Sailed to Italy and Ignited the Renaissance by Gavin Menzies Want to have your view of world history changed--read this. In this category I would also recommend Mohammed & Charlemagne Revisited: A History of a Controversy by Emmet Scott (I know I'm supposed to limit this to 10 but...)
8. 10 Books That Screwed Up the World: And Five Others That Didn't Help by Benjamin Wiker This is a long range view of influential books that changed the course of history--usually in the form of leaders in a generation or two later taking the ideas and making them political/philosophical doctrines and forcing them on humanity. Helps make sense of the world as we are experiencing it.
9. Heaven by Randy Alcorn Life Changer in regards to how I view Heaven and the impact that has on how I view Earth and the events here. Scholarly and thorough work--took awhile to get through. Read Heaven is For Real by Todd & Coulton Burpo for an equally wonderful but different and experiential view.
10. Setting Boundaries with Your Adult Children by Allison Bottke If your struggling with when to say no to helping your adult children, this book is for you. At what point are your enabling rather than empowering? By helping them too much you are actually hindering their becoming independent adults.
I'm already over my limit and I haven't mentioned so many: Karl Barth, C.S. Lewis, Jurgen Moltmann, John and Charles Wesley, Corrie Ten Boom, Agnes Sanford, Father McNutt, Billy Graham, David Wilkerson let alone all of the poetry that has influenced me in music or DVD studies such as David Barton's, Dinesh D'Souza. Maybe I do another list of other books I recommend.
Keep growing in knowledge and discipleship of Jesus. Use the Scripture, Tradition, Experience and Reason to live fully for Him in this life. Pastor Bobb
Posted on Fri, October 17, 2014
by First United Methodist Church