Books That Have Shaped Us (Part Two)

The premise of the blockbuster movie “Inception” is that a thought planted deep enough in someone’s subconscious will completely change the way he or she lives. What ideas from books have been planted deep enough into your soul to influence the way you live your life? In this part two conversation of a special podcast, Paul Richardson and Mike O’Quin talk some books that have shaped their lives and thinking.

Specifically they touch on some key concepts and stirring stories from books such as “Peace Child” by Don Richardson, “How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci” by Michael Gelb, “The New Brain” by Richard Restak, “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell, “Chasing the Dragon” by Jackie Pullinger, “Bruchko” by Bruce Olson, “Run Baby Run” by Nicky Cruz, “Through the Gates of Splendor” by Elizabeth Elliot, “The Hiding Place” by Corrie ten Boom, and “The Cost of Discipleship” by Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

What books, old or new, are shaping your paradigms and stirring your hearts? We’d love to hear about them in the comment section below. 

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  1. Thanks David for the good book recommendations.  I haven't read any of those but will look for them.  I appreciate you taking your time to share these with us. — Mike O

  2. I love many of the books you guys have listed.  I refer to "Good to Great" regularly in my mind. 
    Three books that have been particularly impacting for me in recent years are "Red Moon Rising" by Pete Greig, "Becoming a True Spiritual Community" by Larry Crabb, "He Loves Me" by Wayne Jacobsen.

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