Tuesday, January 13

Favorite Books of 2014

It's hard to believe another year has past! Peruse my list of the best book of 2014 and share your own favorites in the comments.

  1. ***Bloodline: You Spend Enough Time in Hell, You Get the Feeling You Belong by John Turnipseed***
  2. Folks, This Ain't Normal by Joel Salatin
  3. Why I Left The Contemporary Christian Music Movement by Dan Lucarini
  4. Don't Shoot: One Man, A Street Fellowship, and the End of Street Violence in Inner-City America by David Kennedy (not related to Michael Brown)
  5. Buying a House Debt-Free by the Maxwells
  6. The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman
  7. When You Rise Up by R.C. Sproul, Jr.
  8. The Man Who Moved A Mountain by Richard Davids
  9. Stumbling Along the Beat by Stacey Dittrich
  10. The Truth War by John MacArthur
*** Bloodline follows the true story of John Turnipseed, the founder of the infamous "Bloods" Gang and well-known criminal for over 40 years. With over 30 immediate male relatives incarcerated and 10 of those for 1st-degree murder, today he's a preacher and speaker on the irreplaceable role of a father.***


  1. On your recommendation, I purchased a copy of Bloodline and read it. It was very, very good. I help on our church bus and we regularly have 10-20 kids every Sunday. I pray that I can be an Art Erickson or a Father Capoochi or a Dan Taylor to these kids. Someone who shows them that you can live the blessed life and walk with God and still have fun and not be a sour Christian. I might slip up, but with God's help I will never stay down.

    "For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief." ~ Proverbs 24:16

  2. One of my favorite books is actually a trilogy. The name of the trilogy is the Kingdom Tales by David and Karen Mains, with the book names "Tales of the Kingdom" (book 1), "Tales of the Resistance" (book 2), and "Tales of the Restoration" (book 3).

    The trilogy tells the story of the protagonist, Scarboy, an orphan of the Enchanted City, a city that his dying mother told him once had a king, but an evil enchanter came and deceived the people, casting a spell over them and exiling the king from the city. Scarboy is assigned to the enchanter's workforce of orphans, but escapes with his younger brother Little Child to the forest outside the city. There he finds the Great Park, a forest full of people who say they work for the king and are dedicated to fighting for the king and the restoration of his kingdom.

    The stories are full of rich allegories, like "The baker who loved bread", telling the tale of a baker who loved making breads and sweets for the king but became so enamored of his craft that he forgot all of the other peoples of the kingdom and had to be taught a loving lesson by a gracious king, or the back to back tales "Princess Amanda and the dragon" and "Fire in the Forest", two tales of the Princess Amanda and her love of a dragon (a forbidden thing) and the utter destruction it caused, not only to her but to many others in the forest.

    I loved reading these as a young man and made sure to get a copy that I want to read to my own kids someday.


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