I read 81 books in 2007. Here are the best of the best of the year that I would recommend.

Made To Stick by Chip and Dan Heath. This is a must read for every communicator. Jesus was the master at transfering ideas and concepts in a “sticky” way. For those of us who teach, market or simply as parents wanting to transfer knowledge to our children, we need to learn to communicate just as effectively.

Busting Vegas by Ben Mezrich. Ben writes about several MIT students who discovered a system to beat the odds in Vegas and every other gambling capital in the world. This true story is both fascinating and riveting.

20 Things Adopted Kids Wished Their Adoptive Parents Knew by Sherrie Eldredge. Of course this book was especially meaningful to both me and my wife (we’re in the process of adopting). If you are considering adoption or have been adopted, this book will be very helpful.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. This was my favorite read of the year. Hosseini’s tale about life for women in a conservative Muslim culture is gripping and heart wrenching.

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows by J K Rowling. What can I say? I have enjoyed all of the Harry Potter books. This final instalment in the series doesn’t disappoint.

This Beautiful Mess by Rick McKinley. For anyone who is a Jesus-follower, this book is an encouraging and insightful read on the state of the world and our responsibilities within it.

What Is The What by Dave Eggers. The true story of a “lost boy” moved from Africa to America. A book like this is invaluable to help us understand the plight of hundreds of thousands in our world who have experienced and are experiencing incredible terrors.

Contrairian’s Guide To Knowing God by Larry Osborne. I gave this one to several friends for Christmas. Larry gives us a surprisingly fresh perspective on how to grow in our relationship with God.

Humility by Andrew Murray. It wasn’t until I put this little gem down that I realized how much it had impacted me. It will be one I read again and again.

Act One by Moss Hart. This was the best surprise of the year. Moss Hart was a boy who grew up in poverty in New York City to become one of America’s greatest playwrites. The prose are beautiful and the storyline compeling.

The vast majority of the books I read come from the recommendation of others. What were the best books you read in 2007?