It’s that time of year again. We have a brief moment before the Christmas bustle and the pressure to create epic goals at the end of the year to pause and look back. We are influenced by others way more than we think. The people we converse with, live with, work with and risk with shape us. So do the people we learn from. 

At the end of each year I look back at the books that shaped me most. I am always reading through a stack of books. Every one of them gives me nuggets of wisdom, but some leave deposits in me that will remain forever. Here are the most timely books I read in 2020. 

Beautiful Resistance by Jon Tyson 

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander 

The Experience Economy by Joseph Pine and James Gilmore

Better Together by Danielle Strickland

Atomic Habits by James Clear 

Why we Sleep by Matthew Walker

Transitions by William Bridges

Woke Church by Dr. Eric Mason 

The Power of Pull by John Hagel

HumanKind by Ashlee Eiland

The Second Mountain by David Brooks

The Colors of Culture by MelindaJoy Mingo 

A Spirituality of Fundraising by Henri Nouwen 

The Sacred Overlap by J.R. Briggs 

Master of One by Jordan Raynor

Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi 

I encourage you to take some time and look back at the most timely books you read in 2020. I bet a few shaped you more than you think.