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My Top 20 Book List

Life-long Learning Includes Reading the Best Books!

Top 20 Books List ReadingHere is my suggested Top 20 Book List…right now. I could have listed a lot more in each category, but these will keep you busy for a while. Some are classics; some are newer on my list.

I am not 100% in agreement with every word in every book. But I have found all of these to be informative, challenging and very helpful in causing me to think and consider new ways of “being” and living. These books are not all by Christian authors; don’t let that hinder your mining for gold here.

I have put these books under categories of life and growth that are important to me, and maybe you too. I try to read a new book in each category every year.

Check out Lifeschool Podcast Episode #109 where I give you my complete process for staying a lifelong learner.

~ Caesar Kalinowski

[Click on any book title to read more about it on Amazon]

The Cure: What if God Isn’t Who You Think He Is and Neither Are You?
by Bill Thrall, Bruce McNicol and John Lynch

The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith by Tim Keller

The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence

You Can Change: God’s Transforming Power for Our Sinful Behavior and Negative Emotions by Tim Chester

A Praying Life: Connecting With God In A Distracting World by Paul Miller


The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God by Tim Keller              

The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary Chapman


Grace-Based Parenting by Tim Kimmel

The Cure & Parents by Bill Thrall, Bruce McNicol and John Lynch

Mission & Discipleship

Total Church: A Radical Reshaping Around Gospel and Community
by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis

The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating the Missional Church by Alan Hirsch

A Meal with Jesus: Discovering Grace, Community, and Mission Around the Table
by Tim Chester

(Also see “A Few More…” below)


Humility: The Beauty of Holiness [Updated Edition] by Andrew Murray

After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters by N.T. Wright 


The Heart of a Servant Leader: Letters from Jack Miller by Jack Miller

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
by Stephen R. Covey

Career / Business / Finances               

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

Winning the Story Wars: Why Those Who Tell (and Live) the Best Stories Will Rule the Future by Jonah Sachs

History / Biographies

Life Without Limits: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life by Nick Vujicic

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

A Few More…

I didn’t want to be weird and place my own books in this Top 20 list, but I did want to share them with you too. Books I’ve written:

Bigger Gospel: Learning to Speak, Live and Enjoy the Good News in Every Area of Life

The Gospel Primer: An 8 Week Guide to Transformation in Community

Transformed: A New Way of Being Christian – Who We Are and How We Get to Live

Small is Big, Slow is Fast: Living and Leading Your Family and Community on God’s Mission

Also, some BONUS fiction that I’ve enjoyed reading on vacation:

Inferno (Robert Langdon Book #4) by Dan Brown

Jack Reacher: Any in the series by Lee Child

The Testament: A Novel or anything by John Grisham

The Sum of All Fears (A Jack Ryan Novel, Book 6) or anything by Tom Clancy

The Interestings: A Novel by Meg Wolitzer


Question: Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts? What other favorites would you recommend I add to my Top 20 Book List? Leave me your thoughts below.

Copyright © 2017 Caesar Kalinowski

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