Books that shaped me in 2018

January 3, 2019 — Leave a comment

These are the books that I read throughout the year in 2018. If you like to read and want to interact over books, you should join me over on Goodreads.

  1. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future – Vance
  2. The High Definition Leader: Building Multiethnic Churches in a Multiethnic World – Gray
  3. Dream With Me – John Perkins
  4. Empowering Leadership: How a Leadership Development Culture Builds Better Leaders Faster – Fletcher
  5. The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups – Coyle
  6. Building a StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen – Miller
  7. The Matheny Manifesto: A Young Manager’s Old School Views on Success in Sports and Life – Matheny
  8. Onward: How Starbucks Fought for It’s Life Without Losing Its Soul – Schultz
  9. The Phenomenon: Pressure, the Yips, and the Pitch that Changed My Life – Ankiel
  10. A Dirty Job – Moore
  11. Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church – Rachel Held Evans
  12. Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet – Itzler
  13. Paul: A Biography – NT Wright
  14. Ninety Percent Mental: An All-Star Player Turned Mental Skills Coach Reveals the Hidden Game of Baseball – Tewksbury
  15. The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in its Proper Place – Crouch
  16. The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row – Anthony Ray Hinton
  17. I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness – Brown
  18. Smart Money Smart Kids: Raising the Next Generation to Win with Money – Ramsey , Cruze
  19. The Idiot – Dostoevsky
  20. Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff – Chip Gaines
  21. Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose – Hsieh
  22. Everybody, Always: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People – Goff
  23. The Sacred Enneagram: Finding Your Unique Path to Spiritual Growth – Heuertz
  24. Cracking Your Church’s Culture Code: Seven Keys to Unleashing Vision and Inspiration – Chand
  25. Irresistible: Reclaiming the New that Jesus Unleashed for the World – Stanley
  26. How to Break Growth Barriers: Revise Your Role, Release Your People, and Capture Overlooked Opportunities for Your Church – George, Bird
  27. A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society – Peterson
  28. The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery – Cron
  29. From This Day Forward: Five Commitments to Fail-Proof Your Marriage – Groeschel
  30. I Declare War: Four Keys to Winning the Battle with Yourself – Lusko

Maybe you’re wondering about my favorite? It’s hard to say. I would say that the most impactful, meaningful book for me personally was Eugene Peterson’s “A Long Obedience in the Same Direction.” Eugene Peterson died this year but left an incredible dent on the world through his quiet, faithful life. I loved learning from his experience.

As always, I’d love suggestions for 2019!


Jeremy Copeland

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