What do I read?
My bookshelves are packed, but here are some notables below in no particular order… (with affiliate links to Amazon. Thanks in advance for investing in yourself!)
The first thing I’d recommend is walking through the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and the book of Acts without any commentary.
Simply read the Bible and reflect using this DivineReading template. Simply powerful!
Then, and only then, you may consider some of these…
The Forgotten Ways by Alan Hirsch
The Ten Commandments of Working in a Hostile Workplace by TD Jakes – seems to be out of print now
Leading on Empty by Wayne Cordeiro – Since reading this book years ago while I was an institutional pastor, I am discovering how the way we have traditionally done pastoral ministry is completely unhealthy. No wonder pastors burn out regularly. When pastors are expected to do all the work rather than equip the saints, your church has aligned with the thief. These days, I prefer the freedom of equipping those who want to get in the game.
Before You Hit The Wall by Danny Lehman
Doing Church as a Team by Wayne Cordeiro – This title to me now is an oxymoron.
Follow Me: Experience the Loving Leadership of Jesus by Jan David Hettinga
Leading Kids to Jesus by David Staal
How to Be a Hero to Your Kids by Josh McDowell and Dick Day
The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian
Gifted to Lead by Nancy Beach
Lifesigns by Henri Nouwen
Freedom of Simplicity by Richard J Foster
How People Grow by Cloud & Townsend
Hedges: Loving Your Marriage Enough to Protect It by Jerry Jenkins
Crucial Conversations by Patterson, Grenny, McMillan and Switzler
Everybody’s Normal Till You Get To Know Them by John Ortberg
He Chose The Nails by Max Lucado
Reclaiming Friendship by Ajith Fernando
A Mentor’s Fingerprint by Griffiths & Inglis
The Coach Model by Keith Webb
Stuck! by Terry Walling
Speak Up With Confidence by Carol Kent
Sifted by Wayne Cordeiro, Francis Chan and Larry Osborne
The Life You’ve Always Wanted by John Ortberg
The Me I Want to Be by John Ortberg