Time to dust off the blog. This is my annual list of the books I read and a little commentary on some of the highlights.
- Jesus’ Son – Johnson
- Our Story Begins – Wolff
- The Heroic Path – Sowers
- Defining Moments – Heath (not yet published)
- How to be Here – Bell
- The most excellent way to lead – Noble
- The Divine Conspiracy – Willard (re-read)
- Girl at the end of the world – Esther
- The Five Dysfunctions of a Team – Lencioni (re-read)
- The Emotionally Healthy Leader – Scazzero
- The Ideal Team Player – Lencioni
- Band of Brothers – Ambrose
- Addicted to Busy – Bloye
- The Customer Service Revolution – DiJulius
- I don’t care if we never get back – Blatt & Brewster
- Intentional Living – Maxwell
- Emotionally Healthy Spirituality – Scazzero
- The Very Good Gospel – Harper
- Rooted – Liebscher
- Crucial Conversations – Patterson, etc.
- The New Jim Crow – Alexander
- The Bible Tells Me So… – Enns
- The Pastor – Peterson
- When your father dies – Veerman and Barton
- Extreme Ownership – Willink and Babin
So many good reads here. (Speaking of goodreads, see below if you want to connect there.) The theme of the year seems to be going deeper inside myself. I read a lot about emotional health (Scazzero books), about healthy rhythms and rest (Intentional Living, Addicted to Busy, How to be Here), and about calling and purpose (Rooted, The Pastor, The Heroic Path) and ultimately about grief and understanding loss (When Your Father Dies).
I love to read leadership books and this year was no exception. Probably my favorite in that department was a less traditional leadership book – Band of Brothers. I had finally watched the show by the same name this year on Netflix and so reading the book was me wanting more. I gleaned so much from the real life examples of this incredible group of men.
I tried to be intentional this year in learning and growing in my understanding of injustice. I’ve only just begun that journey but I was so moved by The New Jim Crow and The Very Good Gospel. The first was an incredibly eye-opening journey into inequality and injustice in current day America and the second was a more theological journey. Both have left a lasting impression on me.
I think my favorite book I read this year was “The Pastor.” It was written by Eugene Peterson (The Message translation author). It’s a memoir of his life and calling and the ways he wrestled with the role God gave him as a pastor. It’s packed full of wisdom from a man who has done this a very long time. I’m deeply grateful for his wisdom and insight and will come back to it a lot I’m sure.
So there’s the list. What would you recommend I put on my list for 2017?
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