Christmas Break! Read a Book.

Screen Shot 2013-12-19 at 9.35.11 AMChristmas is almost here! Which means if you’re in college you’re already on break, and if you’re in High School, today is probably your last day before break. Now I know the last thing you want to do on your Christmas break is read a book, but hear me out. If I could go back and change one thing about my High School and College years I would’ve read way more books. Looking back I had so much free time that’s impossible to get back. I still love to read, but it is so much more of a challenge now, I have a full time job and a family, and not that I don’t love them both, but the leisure time I once had is no longer there. I’m so passionate about this that I require every single one of our Link Year students to read a book over the break. I’ve continually been quoted as saying “Readers make Leaders”, and I believe this because the majority of this generation only reads 140 characters. Nevertheless, I get asked all the time which book people should read. My answer is obviously subjective, and it often depends who is asking and what stage of life they are in, but regardless I broke up my top 15 books of all time into 3 different categories: Biographies, Dead Authors, and Current Authors: 


1. Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas

2. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

3. The Confessions of St. Augustine by Augustine of Hippo

3. Decision Points by George W. Bush

4. Shadow of the Almighty by Elisabeth Elliot

Dead Authors: (I Strongly Encourage you to read more dead guys.)

1. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

2. The City of God by Saint Augustine of Hippo

3. Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer

4. The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

5. The Freedom of the Will by Jonathan Edwards

* How Now Shall We Live by Charles Colson and Nancy Pearcey

Current Authors: (This list is consistently changing, but as of right now this is where I’m at.)

1. Jesus + Nothing = Everything by Tullian Tchividjian

2. Counterfeit Gods by Timothy Keller

3. The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges

4. 12 Ordinary Men by John MacArthur

5. Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper

* The above books have shaped me in ways that I can’t explain. I can’t encourage you to read enough. Put down the video game controller, push pause on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest and pick up one of these books! If you don’t want to buy one of these books, fine, I got a free book for you that you’ll love! I just finished reading Jesus > Religion by Jefferson Bethke and I loved it! So much so that I’m going to give the first 25 people to answer this question correctly a free copy of his book! Merry Christmas!

What is the name of Jefferson and Alyssa’a golden lab?

E-mail your answer and mailing address to and I’ll get those books in the mail to you today!





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  • Ashley Barker

    Aslan! :)

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    Emailed you! :)

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    Aslan, Azzy for short.

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  • Jan

    @ashley_barker:disqus@Nate Downey:disqus You should hurry and send the answer and your mailing address to the email above :) Best of luck and Happy Holidays!

    • Ashley Barker

      Just saw that and sent it – thnx Jan!

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    what email to we send it to? :)

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    Will we be notified if we are receiving one?

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    I’m trying to read through Henry Scougal’s “The Life of God in the Soul of Man” and Jonathan Edwards’ “Religious Affections”. They’re ridiculously hard to read but so drenched in theology. The kind of theology that stirs the heart with wonder and affection for God.

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      Poop I think I am a day late and a dollar short!

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