Books that Have Shaped My Thinking

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booksI read continually. I can't remember the last time there hasn't been a stack of books on the bedside table and another in my office. One of my early mentors told me you could tell when someone's brain died by the copyrights dates on his library shelves. I believed him.

Still, not every book truly shapes my thinking. Some I simply skim. Some I never finish. And some I read again and again.

There have been a number of books that create an indelible mark on my brain. They shape my thinking.

I've been thinking about which books have made the biggest difference in my thinking.

For now, these are the lists:

Thinking Strategically



The Changing Western Culture

Spiritual Formation

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  1. Bill Jacobsen on April 11, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Adding to the Spiritual Formation section I would like to mention “The Divine Embrace–Recovering the Passionate Spiritual Life” by the late Dr. Robert Webber (2006).

  2. markchowell on April 12, 2016 at 6:38 am

    Thanks Bill. I’m not familiar with that one. I’ll check it out!


  3. Stephen J. Bedard on October 6, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Unfortunately I have only read two of those, although I own a few more. So many books, so little time.

  4. Mark Howell on October 6, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    I’ve found if I keep a book where I can access it easily, I can find some time every day to read. Might be 10 minutes. Might be an hour. If I keep at it I can quite a bit over the course of a year.