I’ve read many books this year. Unfortunately, I forgot many of them as soon as I finished reading them – they didn’t make much of an impression. As I consider the many books that I’ve read this year, I asked myself, “Does one of the books stand out as the ‘best book’ that I read this year?”
I think the best book (that is, the one that has had the most influence, or that I have learned the most, or that has challenged me the most) this year for me has been Church Without Walls: Moving Beyond Traditional Boundaries by Jim Peterson. There is a brief excerpt from this book in this post.
One of the things that I appreciated about Peterson’s book is that he attempts to understand how the church should operate in neighborhoods, work places, etc. He begins by assuming that a definition of “church” should include its responsibilities in all locations and at all times.
So, what was the best book that you read this year? (And, if you can’t pick just one, you can list two or three.)