It’s that time of year again. Time for a recap of the greatest books that we read this past year. That doesn’t mean that all the books on this list were published in 2015, only that we read them this year and we think that you should too.

Here are the TOP 5 Books We Read in 2015.

1. Man Enough by Nate Pyle

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The idea of manhood seems to constantly be under threat. Men are stuck in a battle to be a manly  man or a more feminized man, or whatever the culture is telling him that he is supposed to be. And then the church chimes in with its two cents about manliness; it can leave a man confused and frustrated. But not anymore, not with Nate Pyle taking the issue by the horns and making things perfectly clear. The truth is that each man is already man enough, each created in the image of God, each called to reflect the attitudes and actions of Christ. For a full recap and review, follow the link.

2. 7 Men And The Secret Of Their Greatness & 7 Women And The Secret Of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas

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I know that these are two different books, but I feel that they have to go together. They could be labeled “Book 1” and “Book 2” because they work so well together. Yes, one is about men and the other women, but the wonderful tales of their faith and the actions that their faith provoked are too powerful not to be on this list. And their stories are too amazing not to be sharing the same space. These are perfect for the history buff in your family, or someone that wants some shining examples of Christian faith put into practice. Read more about them here and here.

3. 7 Secrets To An Awesome Marriage by Dr. Kim Kimberling

While some people’s marriage advice or secrets to marriage can come across as hooky or cliche, what Dr. Kim Kimberling has to offer in his book, 7 Secrets To An Awesome Marriage, is far from hooky. One may want to argue that advice such as, “Put God first in your marriage” is cliche, but Kimberling puts fresh meat onto these old bones. With thirty years of professional counselling experience, Kimberling, with personal stories about how this looks when it is properly acted out, and how devastating it is when God is not put first, helps this thought look like a new idea. See why we think this book is great.

4. Divided by Bill Delvaux

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There is a divide, “when the head and heart don’t agree“, and this is a major problem. Because whether we realize it or not, we all are divided people. We all think one thing and feel another; thoughts and feelings do not line up all the time. This problem is causing catastrophic damage to the Church. Even in the life of author Bill Delvaux. Who better to explain and uncover this cancer in the Church than someone who has experienced it. He knows the divide, this chasm of the head and heart, all too well. It was from this realization of this devastating split that he wrote Divided. See why we recommend this book.

5. Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl

Having survived the nightmare that was Auschwitz, psychiatrist Viktor E. Frankl shares a revolutionary approach to life, and to psychotherapy. Through the stories of his personal experience in the World War II concentration camp, Frankl explores what he believes to man’s primary motivation and driving force—Man’s Search For Meaning. Read our full review here.

What books did you think were the best of 2015?

What books do you think we should read and review in 2016?

Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @XianThought

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