The Best Book I Read Last Year


Here’s a question a friend asked me on Goodreads: what was your favourite book for the last year?

I rummaged through my collection of books read in 2011, sorted them out in good and better, and made a choice. A difficult, but somehow obvious (to me) choice.

Now I know we’re in the last week of April here, but would you rather me tell you this later, or not tell you this at all? Please forgive me and read on.

The best book I read in 2011 is:

Listening to Others, by Joyce Huggett

This book is not only old (publishing world is moving at the speed of light these days), having been published in the 80’s, but also little heard of. Which does not change the fact that it had a tremendous impact on me. Yes, it’s one of those life-changing reads.

The book is straightforward – it is about what it is says it is – listening to others. Listening well, mind you. Listening to understand, listening to help heal, listening to love. And this, my friends, is not a simple endeavour.

Written in a biographical manner, Listening to Others is fairly easy to read, but you pick up a lot of insights into the way the human heart, mind and soul operate. You learn  to open yourself  up to an exciting new world – the world of another person – by listening to them.

It never did occur to me that listening is a skill worth cultivating, even more so than speaking. I’m still a talker – but one key lesson Joyce Huggett has taught me is that sometimes, the best way I can HELP, LEAD  and LOVE – is to listen.

If I’d only get to choose one book I’d recommend, then Listening to Others, by Joyce Huggett would be it. 

There are other books I have grown richer by reading, I’ll only briefly mention them here: The Reason For God, by Tim Keller and Celebration of Discipline, by Richard Foster.

On the fiction front, I thoroughly enjoyed The Four Season of a Marriage series, by Catherine Palmers and Gary Chapman. My husband only read the first book, but I practically devoured all four of them. They were the first books I read on my Kindle, too – and part of the reason I quickly adapted to ebooks.

It’s your turn to do some thinking and tell us, what was the best book you read in 2011?



5 thoughts on “The Best Book I Read Last Year

  1. I will read this book.

    Thanks for sharing, and thank you for being such a good listener. I am also very interested in reading Celebration of Discipline, I just need to finish my 950pages long book – you know which.

    Love the post!


    1. I think that’s true for everyone, Emma. I personally thought I’m a pretty good listener, before I read this book 🙂 Hopefully, I’m getting better at listening, after reading it.


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