What I've Been Reading Lately

One of the most common questions I get is, "What books have you been reading?"  So I thought I'd share a brief rundown of my recent reading list: Surprised by Hope by NT Wright (probably my favorite NT Wright book...if you are a pastor, counselor, or caregiver please read this book)

Deep & Wide by Andy Stanley (read it last year, and as a point of interest, this is the book the board read that helped lead to our landing here in Medford)

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin(best history book I've read this year)

Cracking Your Church's Culture Code by Samuel Chand (great book on organizational culture)

Nature & Other Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson (classic essays)

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius (classic read about self leadership and how to view others and the world)

War Room by Michael Holley (an overview of how Bill Belichick went about building and coaching his team)

Acts: NIV Application Commentary (practical commentary on Acts)

Church Unique by Will Mancini (book on uncovering the unique calling of each local church)

John: NIV Application Commentary (practical commentary on John)

Ephesians: NIV Application Commentary (research for Ephesians series)

Ephesians: An Exegetical Commentary (research for Ephesians series)

Start with Why by Simon Sinek (great read on how to lead movements)

The World is Not Ours to Save: Finding the Freedom to Do Good by Tyler Wigg-Stevenson (insightful)

Boundaries for Leaders by Henry Cloud

Real Life Discipleship by Jim Putman (practical book on mentoring)

Reading for Preaching: The Preacher in Conversation with Storytellers, Biographers, Poets, and Journalists by Cornelius Plantinga (fantastic book on creating a reading plan for preachers)

A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix by Edwin Friedman (great but not super clean language...spot on though)

The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller (very strong book on the theology of marriage)

Effective Staffing for Vital Churches by Bill Easum (best book on staffing in the church I've ever read)

Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham (a bit slow moving, but well written...still need to finish)

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas (haven't finished...I find Bonhoeffer inspiring)

Predictable Success by Les McKeown (great stuff on the behaviors that lead to success)

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg (insightful)

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

Born to Run by Christopher McDougale

Great by Choice by Jim Collins (fantastic business leadership)

What Got You Here Will Not Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith (top book on self-leadership, re-read it this year)

There are several others that I've been working on, but this is a shortlist of the best.

What have you been reading?