My “Five Books” List for 2013

Every year in January I post a list of some of my favorite reads from the past twelve months. So without further ado:

  • Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus by Sherry Weddell (2012) – I don’t need to belabor this one. Suffice to say that it was the most important book I read last year and anyone involved in catechesis and evangelization needs to read it. If you want more info you can read my full review of the book.
  • Holiness for Everyone: The Practical Spirituality of Josemaria Escriva by Eric Sammons (2012) – This books was a great introduction to the “everyday” spirituality of this modern saint. Focusing on the universal call to holiness, Sammons walks through St. Josemaria’s spirituality in a  simple  and enlightening way.
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain (2011) – I learned  so much about myself through this book. By focusing on the physiological  underpinnings  of introversion, Cain has helped me to understand my physical reactions to certain situations — which in turn has helped me to become more comfortable with myself and others. A great book for introverts or anyone with an introvert in their life.
  • I Wasn’t Dead When I Wrote This: Advice Given in the Nick of Time by Lisa-Marie Calderone-Stewart (2012) – I’m not much for self-help or advice books, but this volume touched me in a way I wasn’t quite expecting. Written literally in the last few months of her life, this book is a gift of stories and insight to young people from a dedicated and loving youth minister.
  • Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke (1972) – I’m ashamed to admit that I didn’t read nearly enough fiction in 2012. Fortunately my sister got me this great story from a sci-fi master for Christmas and I devoured it. Ostensibly about an alien spacecraft making it’s way through our solar system, Clarke focuses on humanity’s capacity for wonder at the suprises that await us throughout creation.

Did you have any books that touched you in the past year? Recommend them in the comments!