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Friday, December 19, 2008

The Top 10 Books I Read in 2008

These are the best books I read this year:

10. Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz - Fantastic thriller
9. Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick - Great for junior high students
8. Five Pillars of the Spiritual Life by Fr. Robert Spitzer - Grow spiritually in the midst of a busy life
7. What's So Great About Christianity by Dinesh D'Souza - Explains Christianity to modern skeptics
6. Praying the Word: An Introduction to Lectio Divina by Enzo Bianchi - Learn how to pray with the Bible using this small but powerful book
5. Journal of a Soul: The Autobiography of Pope John XXIII - Absolutely beautiful
4. Jesus of Nazareth by Pope Benedict XVI - So good I read it twice
3. Peace of Soul by Archbishop Fulton Sheen - Eminently practical and helpful
2. Abandonment to Divine Providence by Jean Pierre de Caussade - a true classic; read it to discover God's will for you
1. Healing the Culture by Fr. Robert Spitzer - Required reading for everyone who cares about our culture: Read this book and your life will change.

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