For me the two most catalytic books spiritually that I have read this year have been "In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day" and "Wild Goose Chase" both by Mark Batterson, pastor of National Community Church in Washington DC. I forget where I read this earlier this year, but someone mentioned that Mark Batterson would be the next great writer of our time in the area of spiritual life and after reading a couple of his books I believe I understand why that statement was made.
When I got his newest book (Wild Goose Chase) a couple of days ago I read it in two sittings, much like I did his previous work.
I cannot wait to read another of his books -- an older publication "ID: The True You" which is my next read.
For now here are a few quotes from his book and I hope it will prod you to read it:
"We start dying when we have nothing worth living for. And we really don't start living until we find something worth dying for." p. 16
"Prayer makes us spiritually fertile." p. 26
"... where you are geographically affects where you are spiritually ... change of place + change of pace = change of perspective." p. 50
"When we learn how and forget why, we start going through the motions spiritually." p.58
"The smartest people in the world are the people who know most. The smartest people are the people who know how much they don't know. Or to put it another way, the smartest people are the people who make the fewest assumptions." p.75
"Faith is not logical. But it isn't illogical either. Faith is theological." p. 79
"Nothing is as freeing as confessed sin. Nothing is as isolating as a guilty secret." p. 111