13 eBooks to Put On Your Brand New Kindle

By some estimates, more than one million Amazon Kindles were given as gifts today. I got a new Amazon Kindle 3 a few months ago and love it. (I unbox it here, chronicle my experience after a month here, and compare it to other e-readers here.)

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But now, what do you put on it? So many books, so little time. Seth Godin created a terrific little Squidoo page with his list of favorite books. I thought I would offer a “baker’s dozen” of my favorites here. These are in alphabetical order:

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  1. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas
  2. Decision Points by George W. Bush
  3. Fearless: Imagine Your Life Without Fear by Max Lucado
  4. Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back by Todd Burpo
  5. The Hole in Our Gospel: What Does God Expect of Us? The Answer That Changed My Life and Might Just Change the World by Richard Stearns
  6. Holy Bible, New King James Version
  7. Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
  8. Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin
  9. Love & Respect: The Love She Most Desires; The Respect He Desperately Needs by Emerson Eggerichs
  10. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller
  11. The Noticer: Sometimes, All a Person Needs Is a Little Perspective by Andy Andrews
  12. Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make A Difference by Max Lucado
  13. Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together by Ron Hall and Denver Moore

The great thing about the Kindle—and also the dangerous thing!—is that you can download a sample, start reading the book, and then decide you want to buy it. All you have to do is click the “buy” button. Go ahead. Give it a try!

Question: What other Kindle books are you reading or have enjoyed? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
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  • Jeff Clarke

    I’m reading “The Me I Want to Be” from John Ortberg, “The Next Christians” from Gabe Lyons.

    Merry Christmas, Michael. I always learn something from your blog posts. Thanks for your work.


  • Jodi W

    I do have a new Kindle – but I have almost all of those in hardback – thus I will still be going back and forth for a little bit.

    Merry Christmas!

  • Thristy

    I am reading War and Peace. I could never make it through it if I had to carry it around with me. But in Kindle form, I am already 40% finished.

    • http://bretmavrich.posterous.com/ Bret Mavrich

      Someone should develop a WnP training program, like they do with marathons. Call it “Couch to Tolstoy” or something even more clever. Maybe week 1 you start with “The Red Badge of Courage” (in case it’s been that long), followed by some Hemingway and some Vonegaut. Once you’rein shape you’re putting in some long “runs” on Saturday’s with Dickens novels and Mellville (when you’re feeling strong). A week before the race you put through as much Ullyses as you can, then nothing for 3 days before you pick up War and Peace.

      • doscase

        What a GREAT idea! Mike… WE NEED YOUR HELP! :)

        Secondly, this was a great post. I just now filled up my Amazon cart with your recommendations. Keep delivering the goods Mike. Your posts are some of my favorite reads.

        Decision Points is great! Love him or hate him, getting inside Bush’s brain to see why he made the decisions he made is quite eye-opening. I have a new-found respect for his entire administration. The chapters on the war and the Freedom Agenda were some of my favorites.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          I agree on Bush, Bret. I was not a fan by the end of his administration, but this book is fascinating. It gave me a new respect for him as well. Thanks.

  • James Castellano

    I dont have the Kindle, but have the Nooks. We have been reading two books by the Arbinger Institute. Leadership and Self-Deception and The Anatomy of Peace.

    We are looking for a bible which is easy to use if you have any suggestions.

  • Lynette Sowell

    Well, I don’t have a Kindle (yet), but I enjoy my Kindle for PC until I can get a Kindle. Right now I’m reading Coffee Shop Conversations: Making The Most Out of Spiritual Small Talk (by Zondervan, ha). It’s a very thought-provoking book. The nice part about having a Kindle account is that when I finally do get my Kindle, I can transfer all my downloads. Merry Christmas!

  • Colleen

    I bought Kindles for my daughter and daughter-in-law and sent your post on to them. :) They were obsessed last night when they got them as they were looking through books. Great list other than there is no fiction on there! :)

    I’ve been hearing a lot about The Help by Kathryn Stockett so I downloaded it last night. I also got Face of Betrayal by Lis Wiehl and April Henry.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      What was I thinking! Inexcusable. Maybe I will have to do a second list of ALL fiction.

    • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

      I’m really liking Lis Wiehl stuff. And Amazon has offered these books for free on Kindle recently. Maybe they will again if you missed it.

  • Barbara in Solana Beach

    For married women — a new book called “Becoming Your Husband’s Best Friend.” Just found it at a Christian bookstore yesterday although the publisher says it releases next month. Took it home and started reading — and literally couldn’t stop! Amazing stories of how God has transformed difficult, stressful and/or ‘impossible’ marriages. Wow! Available on Kindle: I just checked. Here’s the link to Amazon’s page for it:

  • Forrest

    MERRY CHRISTMAS! My daughter and her family gave me a new Kindle 3 for Christmas, so I appreciate this post and your list. I’ve read some already but would love to have them handy on my Kindle. I’m excited to get it loaded with books. Thanks for your earlier promo on it as well- that helped to get me hooked.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Excellent. I hope you enjoy it!

  • http://theperkinsblog.net MichaelDPerkins

    I started reading A Million Miles the other day and I love it.

    The other book I would suggest is The War of Art

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I almost included that one. That is one of my favorite books—ever!

  • Anonymous

    That’s a great list Michael. I agree that e-readers, which ever one you choose, are a convenient way to carry your books.

    My question is as a Publisher, how many books to you review on your kindle as apposed to hard cover?

    Are you making the transition of more and more to the kindle?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Yes, I try to get everything I can on my Kindle. It is just so much more convenient.

  • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

    Yup, I don’t have a kindle as of now. However, currently I am enjoying two good paperbacks here in India. “Walking with the Poor” and “Working with the Poor” — both written by ‘Bryant L. Myers’. I find both interesting and insightful.

    And, thanks for your list. It is fabulous.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Uma. Both of those books sound very interesting.

  • http://twitter.com/doughibbard Doug Hibbard

    I’ve got several of those in “Real Book” format, but hope to fill out the rest of the list on Kindle.

  • http://bretmavrich.posterous.com/ Bret Mavrich

    What about a subscription to your local paper? I checked to see if I could get the KC Star before I even ASKED for a Kindle.

    (not a book, I know, but I had to say it)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      You can subscribe to some blogs and periodicals. I personally still read these on my computer. Thanks.

  • Jeffferguson

    Great list! A few books I might add are “Communicating For A Change” and “Choosing To Cheat” by Andy Stanley. “Five Dysfunctions of a Team” and “The Three Signs of a Miserable Job” by Patrick Lencioni only to name a few. I love my new Kindle! Thanks for the recommendations!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I have read the first two. Both were excellent.Thanks for suggesting them here.

  • http://twitter.com/john_gallagher john_gallagher

    Merry Christmas, Mike. I love my new Nook Color. On it, I have two books: 1) Maxwell Leadership Bible and 2) Mojo. I think that Maxwell’s Daily reader makes a great addition. Since I travel, I then have the current book to read, my Bible, and my devotional. Makes the briefcase a lot lighter!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I think the Maxwell Daily Reader is a great suggestion. Thanks.

  • http://mozosonmission.blogspot.com/ Amy

    I have 1, 2, and 4 on my Kindle wish list.

    I would suggest that new Kindle owners check the Kindle Top Sellers Lists as it shows the Top 100 downloads that are free as well as paid. I check often as they offer great books and sometimes they will only show up for one day and then switch over to the paid list. Right now, you can get a copy of the ESV Bible, classics, and others.

    Merry Christmas from Bolivia,

  • http://www.flurrycreations.com/theblog John Bergquist

    Great list. I’ve read 6 of the 13. I am giving a kindle away on my site this week so I finally got to play with one. I have to say I enjoy my iPad as an eReader way more than the Kindle though. I find that many of my books often don’t come in kindle format and I need iBook or Stanza. Plus I think I am addicted to the touch screen. I will be getting a Kindle for my mom and wife. They both want something to primarily read with. To each their own I guess.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      The cool thing is that Kindle has become as much of a software platform as a hardware one. You can read you Kindle books on almost every device. I frequently read mine on my iPhone. Thanks.

      • http://www.flurrycreations.com/theblog John Bergquist

        That is really true. I have my Kindle app on my Macbook Pro, iMac, iPad, and Droid X. I also like the display. I light up the whole room with the iPad at night even with night time settings and brightness set to lowest level. Another is the outdoor viewing where the iPad on a sunny day is almost useless.

  • TNeal

    If this were a meal, my eyes would be bigger than my stomach. I want to devour nine out of thirteen right now. I’ve read only one of the recommendations, “Same Kind of Different…,” and know it’s a satisfying read. Thanks for putting a reading menu in front of me that I can order from over the next year. Oh, waiter!

  • http://twitter.com/karensdavis Karen Davis

    My Kindle is not new, but I was excited to read that I already have most of your recommendations already and have to agree they are all great reads! I did just download “Under the Overpass” by Mike Yankoski and “One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are” by Ann Voskamp with my Kindle gift cards and I’m looking forward to digging in. I will have to check out the ones on your list that I don’t have and add them to the reading list.

  • http://www.emmalkittredge.blogspot.com Jennifer

    I just received my kindle today and I am already in love!!! I have read a few books on your list but plan on adding the ones I haven’t read. Thanks for the information!

    Merry Christmas.

  • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

    One of those million kindles was for my wife. She is pretty excited to get one. I’m pretty excited to steal her Kindle 3 and compare it to my Kindle 2…. ;)

    I read a lot of fiction on my Kindle. Too numerous to mention. But I also read a lot of business/leadership shorts that New Word City puts out. Titles such as “Dwight Eisenhower’s Leadership Lessons”. They must have a couple of dozen or so. They are short, just a few chapters, but pretty intriguing, and can kindle (pun intended) an appetite for more on a particular leader. Best part: every so often, Amazon offers a few for free. That’s how I’ve discovered them.

    As for your list in this post, there are only 2-3 that I haven’t read. Looking forward to adding them to my library. Thanks!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      These leadership shorts sound great. I am going to look them up. Thanks for the tip.

  • http://blog.cyberquill.com Cyberquill

    My brand new Kindle? Where is it? :(

  • Mark Chrislip

    I just finished reading “The Land Between” by Jeff Manion. It’s a great read if you find yourself in a time of difficult transitions. Manion shows us how God develops wonderful fruit in out lives when we walk through the hot, dry desert journeys.


  • http://twitter.com/2020VisionBook Joshua Hood

    Thanks for the great post, Michael! I have already read some of these books, and look forward to checking out the rest!

    Joshua Hood

  • Samantha Johnson

    I really enjoyed having these e-books on my Kindle app (iPad):

    1) Choosing to SEE by Mary Beth Chapman (took me only 2 days to read this)
    2) The STORY Bible
    3) The Invisible War by Chip Ingram
    4) Forgotten God by Francis Chan

    I also find great joy in following @freeonkindle on Twitter for free Kindle specials on Christian books.

  • http://charlesjaymeyer.blogspot.com Charles Meyer

    I have honestly only used the applications on my iPod Touch and Android based phones to download kindle books. I would totally get the Kindle but my apartment is filled with other electronics. Also I am pretty old school when it comes to books also, I love having the physical book in my hand.

  • http://charlesjaymeyer.blogspot.com Charles Meyer

    I have honestly only used the applications on my iPod Touch and Android based phones to download kindle books. I would totally get the Kindle but my apartment is filled with other electronics. Also I am pretty old school when it comes to books also, I love having the physical book in my hand.

  • Chrisrainey

    Great list Michael! Quick question – have you tried the Nook color? Any thoughts vs. The Kindle?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      No, unfortunately, I haven’t. It looks pretty nice.

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  • http://jeffgoins.myadventures.org Jeff Goins

    I gotta get that Bonhoeffer book. Everyone is talking about it. Same Kind of Different As Me is still one of my favorite Nelson books.

  • http://twitter.com/donturismo Don Eleazar Balboa

    Now every book in your library can be large print. http://primeproducts.webs.com/

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Yes, indeed. That is one of the major selling-points for Kindle for the above-50 crowd.

  • http://twitter.com/LShallenberger Larry Shallenberger

    I purchased Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian, some Steinbeck, Anne Rice’s “Angel Time.” I’m feeling a temporary need to stray off the the beaten path and let different authors influence my writing.

    On your list I loved The Bonhoeffer biography, a Million Miles, and Same Kind of Different as me.

    I bought these on my Nook but I’m sure they are all available on the Kindle as well.

  • http://www.confessionsofalegalist.com Jeremy

    Looking forward to checking out these books. “Same Kind of Different as Me” is a definite must read for everybody.

  • http://www.thegospelforoc.com Chris Poblete

    Right on. Thanks for the list! I haven’t read most of these yet.

  • Desertrose5173

    What an amazing list! But I was gone to my mother’s for Christmas and missed them all! Any chance to get them Tuesday???


    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Not quite sure what you are asking. I wasn’t giving these books away. You can buy them anytime by following the links. I was just listing them.

  • http://www.junkyardwisdom.com/2010/12/27/generous-justice/ Rgoble

    “Generous Justice” by Timothy Keller. Great book and I’m surprised it’s not on the list!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      So many good books, so little time!

  • http://www.liveonpurposecoach.com Dwright

    I have had my Kindle for a couple of years now and I tell everyone that it is one of my top ten great purchases of all times! I also love the fact that I can also sync my books from my Kindle to my Droid Incredible phone. Technology is amazing!
    I recently read Linchpin by Seth Godin and Go-Givers Sell More by John David Mann. I also love having the HolyBible Amplified version on my Kindle. I am about to start Great Expectations by Dickens. There is also a great list of free books that are available for download as well.
    I have loved my Kindle so much that several of my friends requested Kindles as gifts this year. My hat is off to Amazon!

  • http://twitter.com/ThatGuyKC K.C. Procter

    I already have a few of these books in hardcover, but have definitely been wanting to read Decision Points since you reviewed it.

    Thank you for the recommendations. Hope you & your family enjoyed a memorable & Merry Christmas.

  • Wink Rush

    Thanks, Michael.
    Reading the first 2 now based on your recommendations and I love them both!
    God bless your ministry!
    Wink Rush
    Collierville, TN

  • http://brettcohrs.com Brett

    I’ve downloaded so many old classics. I’ve been trying to make my way through Orison Sweet Mardin’s “Pushing to the Front.” I keep seeing it as the precursor to modern achievement/success literature. And it was only $.99.

  • Ashley Musick

    I got a new Kindle 3 a few months ago, and Kindle giftcards for Christmas. I downloaded “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand. I’m surprised it’s not in anybody’s comments because people on Amazon are raving about it. I just started and I’m hooked. Great story of a man’s ability to persevere and overcome through some crazy experiences in World War 2. I loved how the author wrote this story.

    I’ve been reading a lot of fiction, and I must admit I loved The Hunger Games trilogy. I found it very suspenseful and thought-provoking.

    Thanks for the list, I’ll have to check some of these out!

  • http://www.christopherscottblog.typepad.com/ Christopher Scott

    Here are some books I suggest:

    If No One’s Perfect, How Good is Good Enough by Andy Stanley
    Any Billy Graham biography
    21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader by John Maxwell

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  • Jeff R. Hale

    I was delighted to receive a new Kindle from my wife for Christmas. If been delving into “Who Switched Off My Brain? by Caroline Leaf and distributed by Thomas Nelson.

  • Jeff R. Hale

    I was delighted to receive a new Kindle from my wife for Christmas. If been delving into “Who Switched Off My Brain? by Caroline Leaf and distributed by Thomas Nelson.

  • Jeff R. Hale

    I was delighted to receive a new Kindle from my wife for Christmas. If been delving into “Who Switched Off My Brain? by Caroline Leaf and distributed by Thomas Nelson.

  • http://twitter.com/NewEnglandHiker Roy Wallen

    Always looking for new book suggestions, thanks for these. However, I have ot made the leap to e-readers so a coupel of these will go on my to-be-acquired list — of hardcover books, if you please. The only challenge I have to this list is that, as a Christian, the Bible would be at the top of my list.

  • Trishy_500

    I’m enjoying “The way I see It. Me and Them by – Peter Passarelli

    Thanks for the list! Some of them I have read I will check out the rest!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QY3Y2TDOBVK4QS3RGIWUTSRFCY Tammy

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  • Billyh

    two really good books I’vr read lately are :

    To Heaven and Back by Dr. Mary Neal  

    and Called to Coach by Bobby Bowdin…………