What Are You Reading in 2015?

What Are You Reading in 2015?


What was the best book you read in 2014? What is on your reading list for the New Year? 

I asked the Canadian Catholic contributors for some book recommendations based on what they read this year. Here they are:

Benjamin Turland - The Return of the Prodigal Son, by Henri Nouwen

"A book I loved so much this year, that I have endorsed to many and even mailed my personal copy to a good friend. Now this was written in 1992, so it's not a new book. However, it will change the way you view the parable of the prodigal son. I have never been brought into a parable so profoundly. Nouwen's book is short, easy to read and flows perfectly. I could not put this book down, but had to, because it lead me to mediate more on Jesus and his merciful love for me. This book is great for both someone new to their faith or someone who has been journeying for along time." 

Clayton Imoo - Rebuilt: Awakening the Faithful, Reaching the Lost, and Making Church Matter, by Michael White and Tom Corcoran

"Written by the pastor Rev. Michael White and his associate Tom Corcoran, Rebuilt explains how they helped to revive and rebuild their local church into a vibrant and thriving parish.  They discuss the key components of a healthy church, including weekend liturgy, kids and student ministry, homilies and sermons, small groups, tithing and giving, ministry and mission, and a passion for your calling.

"Whether you desire to tweak a few things in your own parish community or you want to completely revision what your parish could look like, Rebuilt is a perfect starting place."

Eunice Hii - Daring Greatly: How the courage to be vulnerable transforms the way we live, love, parent, and lead, by Brene Brown

"Read this one a couple years ago, but it still remains a great reminder! Dr. Brene Brown touches on the necessity of being vulnerable in order to form the connections we so desire. A great read and reminder for how to live courageously." 


Josh Canning - Time for God, by Jacques Philippe

"I can't even describe how much I loved this book. I bought it on Kindle at a time where I felt like I had no time and my prayer life was really beginning to suffer (and I was at the Vatican at a conference, so I kind of wanted to sort things out!). I started reading this book and praying for prayer, and I was immediately enriched. This book will help you put things in the right order in 2015."   


A couple of other ideas: My wife is using one of the Bible-in-a-year plans for her spiritual reading (an app here, or a schedule here). And I am going to try this new idea: reading the works of Shakespeare in a year. Hey-oh!

Question: What are you reading in the New Year? What book would you recommend?

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