This year in my reading I have finally made the jump to be a complete e-book reader. Those days of opening a fresh set of pages and placing it on a shelf in my office when finished are becoming a distant memory. With that sad thought in mind let me tell you about some great books I read this year.
- Deep and Wide, Andy Stanley. The best book I have ever read on how to make Sunday morning a place where unchurched people can experience the Gospel of Jesus.
- The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg. This book helped me realize how making key, small changes in an organization can have a huge impact.
- Execution, Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan. These authors outline a terrific strategy on how to structure organizations to actually get something accomplished, and not just talk about it. As a preacher I talk about getting things done a lot fromthe pulpit, but unless our church is structured to get things done then I am full of hot air. This helped me learn how to actually get things done as an organization.
- The Hour That Changes the World, Dick Eastman. The most useful tome on prayer, besides Jesus model prayer, that I have ever read. This book changed how I prayed. it gave me structure and purpose in how I meet with God.
- Erasing Hell, Francis Chan. Chan dos an excellent job of mixing scholarship, tenderness, and truth into his argument for the reality of hell.
- Great by Choice, Jim Collins. Jim is the guru of businees books and this one delivers on key aspects of leadership that effect church leaders. In some ways, a response to Gladwell’s book, Outliers, which argues that our circumstances effect our ability to acheive versus our choices, this book makes the opposite argument. Jim does a good job of outlining how the choices we make as leaders make or break the organization, despite the circumstances.