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2015

The Ladies Auxiliary, Tova Mirvis.

Crossing to Safety, Wallace Stegner.

Dare to Serve, Cheryl Bachelder.

The Boston Girl, Anita Diamant.

Chess, Not Checkers, Mark Miller.

Teach Us to Want: Longing, Ambition, and the Life of Faith, Jen Pollock Michel.

The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron.

The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins.

A Spool of Blue Thread, Anne Tyler.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time, Mark Haddon.

Home to Harmony, Phillip Gulley.

Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe.

The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Sabbath, Mark Buchanan.

Do No Work: Beat Burnout, Find Inner Peace, and Strengthen your Faith by Studying the Most Overlooked Commandment.  Andrew Gilmore

Do You Habit? The power of facing your habits. Live Optimized

The Crucified Life, AW Tozer.

Freedom from the Lies You Tell Yourself., Backus & Chapian.

You are what you think, David Stoop.

Nothing is Impossible with God, Rose Marie Miller.

The Accidental Creative, Todd Henry.

The All Girls Filling Station Reunion- A Novel, Fannie Flagg.

Death Comes to Pemberley, PD James.

2014

An Unhurried Life: Following Jesus’ Rhythm, Alan Fadling.

More or Less: choosing a Lifestyle of Excessive Generosity, Jeff Shinabarger

The Language of Sparrows: A novel, Rachel Phifer.

The Insanity of God: A True Story of Faith, Nik Ripken, John David Mann.  Riveting.

Enough: Finding More by Living with Less, Will Davis Jr.

The Beauty of Christ through Brokenness, KP Yohannon.

Canadian West Series, Janette Oke.

XLR8, John Kotter.

The War of Art, Steve Pressfield. an interesting read on the resistance that creative people run up against within themselves.

Soul Keeping, John Ortberg.  really liked this – looking after your soul is the first responsibility of a leader. this is more of a personal story/lesson kind of book with lots of good principles. good portions of conversations with mentor, Dallas Willard. This is the third book on this topic that I’ve read in the last month. Probably because of the story telling, I liked it the best. It is an easy read but will make you think. It made me want to grow.

Dangerous Calling, Paul David Tripp.  very candid description of what happens when spiritual leaders think they have “arrived” and are no longer applying the principles they teach. any& every person in ministry leadership should read this.

Leading Wide Awake! Michael D Warden. A short read on paying attention to the condition of your capacity to lead. This was a very good read and very insightful coming out of a lot of experience working with spiritual leaders.  recommended. Every leader should read this.  Last part of the book outlines 12 practices for Leading wide awake.

Close: Leading Across Distance and Culture, Ken Cochrum.  See How to get CLOSE to your leaders for a quick summary and highlights.  recommended

Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence, Daniel Goleman.  a very good capture of the kinds of focus leaders need for excellent results- inner, other and outer.  With both practical examples and a number of studies for back up, Goleman has written a really interesting book, covering both the science and the leadership side.

Tending Roses Series, Lisa Wingate.  A series of five books about a family that had lost touch with each other and with what mattered most to them.  Each book focuses primarily on one character’s journey.  All the books in the series are uplifting and a pleasure to read. The connections with characters from one story to the next took some recall but their journeys built on one another in a very meaningful way.  Great reading any time.

Dinner At the Homesick Restaurant, Anne Tyler.  A story about a broken family and all the ways their brokenness shows up in the lives.  The Homesick Restaurant, owned and operated by one of the siblings, is the metaphor for the book.  Longing for a true home, the characters breeze in and out of each others’ lives, like people come and go at a restaurant.  The restaurant itself, full of comfort food, is the scene where this family never seems to finish a meal.  Thought-provoking on the issues of unresolved conflict, unhealed wounds, and generational patterns.  That’s a lot for a work of fiction!

Jesus in the Present Tense:  The I AM Statements of  Jesus.  Warren Wiersbe

It’s Not about You: A little story about What Matters Most in Business. Bob Burg and John David Mann.  A quick little read about the paradoxes of leadership- applies outside of business as well.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, Alan Bradley. Fun fiction in the mystery genre – again, Flavia DeLeuce is the main character – an 11 yr old with a penchant for chemistry and a nose for investigation.  or vice versa!

A Simple Christmas Wish, Melody Carlson. this book surprised me both from a cross cultural point of view and from the idea that regrets can be powerful motivators in the future.

Pursuing God’s Will Together, Ruth Haley Barton.  A good read for anyone who serves on a leadership team responsible for spiritual and strategic guidance.  It is fundamentally about how to hear from the Lord as a group.  Not something talked about very much, the author gives both instruction and examples to illustrate her points.

Pursued:  God’s Divine Obsession with You. Jud Wilhite.  A study of Hosea in story form, as applied to us, people who are fickle in their pursuit of God, while God remains steadfast and passionate in His pursuit of us.

2013

What Jesus Started: Joining the Movement, …, Steve Addison.  Having read a previous work by the same author (Movements That Change the World- a good read also), I was curious to see what he would cover in this book.  He lays out a pattern that can be traced through Jesus’ ministry, Paul’s and throughout the book of Acts for how the followers of Jesus spread so far and wide.  A simple pattern:  vision for the world, connect with people, share the gospel, train disciples, gather communities, multiply workers- one that can be repeated today no matter where you live.  If you are involved in personal ministry and need reinforcement on why you are doing what you are doing, this is a good foundational read.  Right in the same category with Master Plan, but from a different angle.

You Are God’s Plan A: There Is No Plan B, Dwight Roberson.  A great look at what it means to build God’s Kingdom.  Just like the title says, the author teaches, affirms and encourages ordinary folks that God means to use them to build His Kingdom.  My favorite quote (you may see it again):  “Jesus never knew a stranger.  Everyone belonged in one category: people to love.”  He covers some basics of motivation and how to’s that anyone can try.  His whole point is that God uses the weak and foolish, so don’t let your own fears or inadequacies stop you. Filled with amazing stories and simple practices, it’s a Great read.  recommended.

Deeper, by Debbie Alsdorf.  a wonderful testimony of going deeper with God, understanding the depth of His love for us and “living like it’s real, cuz it is!” If you struggle with feeling loved by God (and who doesn’t), read this  one.

The Christmas Bus, Melody Carlson.  a delightful little story that involves a young couple and a baby stranded with no place to go.  Great Christmas vacation read and reminder of the real story of Christmas.

One Thousand Gifts, Ann VosKamp.  There was a lot of buzz about this book last year among my friends.  When I looked at the topic, it hardly seemed like a new concept.  However, the way the author tells the story of her own discovery process of how God brings something new from giving thanks was compelling.  I devoured this book, eager to see how her journey developed and continued.  Authentic and transparent in her story-telling, this book was like sitting across the table from someone with a cup of good coffee.  I loved it.  Insightful, motivating. recommended.

The Potluck Club novels, and The Potluck Catering Club novels, Linda Evans Shepherd and Eva Marie Everson.  Two series (3 books each) involving the same characters through everyday and not so everyday dramas.  Each woman had her own twists in the overall plot. I started out not liking half the characters and ended up cheering for them as they worked out their conflicts.   Easy reading.

The Prayer Box, Lisa Wingate.  This is a story of a woman who is needs a fresh start and gets one cleaning out an old house.  What she finds there not only helps her navigate her own life’s journey, but reveals an incredible story of redemption.  I loved it.

On Being a Leader for God, Warren Wiersbe.  I like Warren Wiersbe’s work a lot.  He makes truth accessible.  This book is meant to be a companion to On Being a Servant of God.  I loved that one.  This one has good stuff in it, but I found that it was not as compelling as the first one. Perhaps it’s timing; it didn’t stimulate any new thoughts.  Thoughtful as always, he covers a lot of ground already explained in other works.

Rain Song, Alice J. Wisler.  A young woman finds an interesting entry into her own history from a response to her blog.  Another good read for the beach.

The Sea Glass Sisters: Prelude to The Prayer Box, Lisa Wingate. A short novel focused on an almost empty nest mom, her mother and her aunt.  In the midst of a family squabble over property, a quick trip to the Outer Banks to solve the problem results in a renewed depth of relationship.  Oh, and throw a hurricane in there, too!  An enjoyable read for the beach.

Running on Empty: Overcome your Emotional Childhood Neglect, Dr. Jonice Webb.  The author outlines the ways unaddressed emotional wounds affect adult behavior. In the same genre as Faces of Rage.

Running on Empty: Contemplative Spirituality for Overachievers, Fil Anderson.  A former Young Life leader who lived at 100 mph, the author describes the ways his frantic pace and the need to be busy ran his life until the emptiness of his soul brought him to a place where he had to stop.  A great read for those in ministry leadership.  He describes in vivid detail the ways we rationalize and even spiritualize busyness to the exclusion of our own spiritual health. He introduces more contemplative spiritual disciplines as a solution.  Recommended.

Grace for the Good Girl, Emily Freeman.  The author exposes the ways that girls create masks to conform to expectations of being a “good girl.”  As adult women, it’s time for the masks to come off and receive the grace of God to the areas of life where rules have reigned.  It’s a good book- insightful.

The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working: the Four Forgotten Needs that Fuel Great Performance, Tony Schwarz.  The leader of The Energy Project, the author outlines four needs that get neglected as we pursue working harder:  sustainability, security, self-expression and significance.  He delineates what behaviors look like as we move toward drivenness. Personally, I found his research on how continuing to push affects the brain and choices compelling.  If you’re looking for some good ideas on changing the way you work, put this on your list.

24/6 A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life, Matthew Sleath.  The author is a medical doctor who has practiced Sabbath keeping for a number of years.  Written from both a practical standpoint on health, and a biblical perspective, I found this enlightening.  One of the realities for leaders is how to deal with the onslaught of requests,  information, and gadgets that inundate us.  A weekly “stop the work” practice is his recommendation.  Well done and recommended.

Leader and Boundaries, Henry Cloud.  Admittedly, I am a Henry Cloud fan, so I opened this one with anticipation.  This is a great book for leaders.  Favorite quote:  “You get what you create or allow.”  Paraphrased.  Helpful for leaders in understanding the ways they lead, how they affect the brains of their teams, and what they can do to be more effective as leaders.  Recommended.

The House of Hope Series, Neta Jackson.  Four books comprise this collection and focus on a young mom, who finds herself going from penthouse to homeless to women’s shelter.  Her story and the stories of those around her will open your eyes to the lives of those in need around you.

With, Skye Jethani.  The author makes a compelling case for the ways our Western culture, and in particular, American culture, can take us off course from truly experiencing God on a daily basis.  Worth the read.  It has left me thinking.

Mark of the Lion Series, Francine Rivers.  These three books took me right back to the first century, following the lives of three main characters through their life journeys.  The issues they faced fit with what I have understood about Roman and Greek culture during that time.  Having seen the ruins both in Rome and in Ephesus, I enjoyed reading these stories and found them compelling reads.

The Deeper Journey, Robert Mulholland.  The author takes a close look at Colossians 2& 3, identifying and building out the concepts of old self/new self, false self/true self, and put off/put on.  I found it challenging personally and illuminating on some ideas I’ve been processing.  A good companion or follow up to Faces of Rage.

What Alice Forgot, Liane Moriarty.  It took me a few pages to realize that Alice indeed forgot a lot, but by then I was hooked and wanted to know the whole story.  Amazing what remembering good things and overlooking or forbearing difficult ones can do to change things.

Resonant Leadership, Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee.  A good read, full of stories and research, that show leaders can build the habits to grow their capacity to endure the stress that comes from leadership and to bring the best out of others.  The authors are insightful about how leaders can derail when “power stress” gets the best of them and puts them into the sacrifice syndrome.  Unconsciously, leaders will neglect the very things that helped them be successful in the first place.  Worth the read if you tend to neglect your own priorities in pursuit of a greater cause. Recommended.

Self-Leadership and the One Minute Manager, Ken Blanchard, Susan Fowler, and Laurence Hawkins.  A quick  read- this is an insightful book on how to apply situational leadership to yourself and learn to ask for what you need.

The Yada Yada Prayer Group, by Neta Jackson.  a fun and motivating read about a “random” group of women assigned together at a women’s conference who become committed to pray for and with each other.  First of a series.  Update:  I’ve now read 5 of these and I can’t stop. 🙂  If you want an encouraging read about how love and prayer change things, read these books.

Still Points North, Leigh Newman.  The subtitle reads “one Alaskan childhood, one grown-up world, one long journey home.”  A memoir that is hard to put down, Leigh tells her own story in the disjointed way she experienced it.  Pieced together, the lens of the present calls up the memories of the past, sometimes explaining, sometimes, not, the curious choices she makes.  This book made me realize we all long for that place where we know we are loved and welcomed home.

Life of Pi, Yann Martel.  Still thinking about it and all the themes raised.  Could not put it down.

Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman.  This is an interesting topic to me. Much of what you see emerging in brain research coincides with the biblical truths. (I should write a post on that!)  So I picked this up and got a third of the way through.  His big points are that we have two systems that get activated in our brains. How these two systems react, interact and affect our motivation & memories is fascinating.  I got stuck in the middle where some of the research findings get very detailed, but if you’ve got time and interest, this is a good read.

The Attentive Life, Leighton Ford.  I really like this book- a testimony of Leighton Ford’s desire to “pay more attention” to God, rather than being on his own agenda.  The book is laid out according to “the Benedictine hours.” He includes excerpts from other authors to illustrate each part of the praying day.  I’ve read it twice now; seems like there is still more to glean. If you’re wanting to grow in this area, it’s a keeper. recommended.

The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag, Alan Bradley.  I picked this up at the recommendation of a friend. The main character is Flavia DeLuce, who is an 11 year old girl who is a chemistry genius.  I enjoyed it!.  Flavia’s deductive reasoning and skills of observation are stellar.  Her dabblings in chemistry interested me, due to my background in science.  A fun summer read.

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, Kim Edwards.  Reading this for a book club, it is the story of two families, whose destinies are based on the effects of a well-intentioned lie. The lie leaves no room for grief; the stifled grief leaves no room for comfort in the relationships.  While the medications of choice are predictable, the courageous character embodied by the nurse is admirable. Demonstrates the real value of being fully known and fully accepted.

Faces of Rage, Damico.  What I took away from this book was a different perspective on rage.  I would tend to think of it as the volatile emotional outburst.  His view is that we all have rage, because we have all experienced losses.  And depending on the losses we have experienced, we have written our own rules for life in order to be accepted and survive.  Growing as a believer in Christ means recognizing & repenting from these self-protective strategies that hide who we really are.  Challenging to apply for sure.

The Wisdom of the Enneagram and Understanding the Enneagram.  Riso and Hudson.  I recently had some exposure to this means of understanding human nature.  Their books are easy to read and understand and give a pretty good overall understanding of the enneagram.

Love Does, Bob Goff.  I grew up as a young Christian reading things like Ann Kiemel Anderson’s stories of seeing God work in amazing ways because she was willing to step out and do stuff.  As I was reading Bob Goff’s stories, I had the same feelings- inspired, motivated by the generosity of his point of view, his willingness to see what will happen if he “does” stuff.  If you are new in your faith, or just need a pick me up, encouraging book, this one will make you long for the adventure of walking with Jesus in a way that impacts the world around you.

The End of Leadership, Barbara Kellerman. a documentation of the changes in concepts of leadership and an exploration of the factors that challenge it in the 21st century.  Thought-provoking. She takes the leadership development industry to task. Main thought: leaders are only as good as their followers.  People who refuse to be led can frustrate the ideas of any leader.  I’d like to read her book on Followership.

The Leadership Ellipse: Shaping How We Lead by Who We Are,  Robert A. Fryling.  an interesting read about the two foci for those who lead organizations with spiritual missions.  One focus is around our relationship with God, and the other is around the function and leadership of the organization.  Drawing on his experience leading the field for Inter-Varsity, Fryling does a good job describing the tensions that are inherent with this kind of leadership.

The King Saul Syndrome. Jonathan Martin.  A study of King Saul and Jonathan, the contrast in their character and in particular their use of power is the focus of this short book.  Martin encourages the reader to think seriously about your use of power – for your own kingdom, or to build others up.  He moves into a good look at contemporary and cultural views of leadership.  Thought provoking. Insightful.  challenging.  Recommended for anyone in leadership or aspiring to leadership.

Who Is This Man? The Unpredictable Impact of the Inescapable Jesus. John Ortberg.  Wow!  I love this book! Ortberg’s research into the realities of Rome at the time of Jesus help you see Him in a fresh way and appreciate the changes He introduced that I personally have taken for granted. Worth reading for the insights into the background only but way more than that.  This has to make the list for the best reads of 2013.  Highly Recommended.

Replenish: Leading from a Healthy Soul, Lance Witt.  “Godly leadership is always from the inside out,” Witt writes in the introduction.  It’s a good summary of the book as well.  He writes from experience about what it takes to lead from a healthy place, from a healthy soul. Citing ambition, isolation, and self-deception as a recipe for disaster, he goes on to identify causes and prescriptions for keeping a leader’s soul healthy for ministry.  Recommended.

The World Cafe:  Shaping our Futures through Conversations that Matter, Juanita Brown with David Isaacs.  Interesting book about the use of conversation, the use of good questions and unhurried time to generate new ideas and problem-solving.  An application of the Knowledge Cafe idea – very interesting read if you’re looking for alternative ways for dialog and breakthroughs.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing these entries. I have no material connection to the books or authors that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

2012

Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking, Susan Cain.  If you are an introvert, or you live with, work with, or are friends with an introvert, this book is worth your time.  Full of interesting facts and relevant examples, Susan Cain makes the case for introverts in a world where extraverted behavior is considered the norm, the only acceptable form of sociability and/or leadership.  Recommended.

Informed Consent, Sandra Glahn. fiction, a good read -combination of life dramas and medical ethics.  I felt for the different characters and the choices that they needed to make.

Healing the Eight Stages of Life, Linns and Fabricant.  Got this title from the Scazzeros blog.  A quick read, based on Erik Erikson’s life stages, the authors identify key developmental stages and related injuries that thwart growth.  Each chapter has spiritual exercises to bring God into those circumstances through healing prayer.

Talk, Inc.: how trusted leaders use conversation to power their organizations, Groysberg & Slind.  a refreshing read on creating organizational conversation as opposed to traditional corporate communications.  As we are living out shared leadership, the “I’s” (intimacy, inclusion, interactivity) can serve as a guide to designing a good conversation process.  Lots of illustrations about different kinds of means to foster communication among leaders.

Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg.  very insightful book about habits and research into how we form them.  Particularly interesting is the chapter on habits and movements!  lessons to learn from the civil rights movement and Saddleback Church.  I found it very relevant to our mission.  You won’t be able to view Target Store coupons the same way after reading this book- connects marketing with personal habit.

Spiritual Warfare for Women, Leighann McCoy.  Written in light of her own journey, the author raises many valuable points.  She does limit herself to means of spiritual attack that are true of married women with children whose husbands are pastors.  I found myself wishing for some additional chapters that would aim at women in other categories.  What I  particularly like is at the end of each chapter are key truths to apply with Scriptures.

No Other Gods, Kelly Minter.  I just kept reading.  The author has a way of getting you to consider ways that idolatry surfaces in your heart by her own story-telling.  She makes astute observations about human tendencies.  I want to go back to it– there were multiple pages turned down to re-read.

Wrecked, by Jeff Goins.  A call to get out of your comfort zone whether from in front of the TV, or behind a desk, Jeff describes what happens we actually do what the Spirit prompts us to do.  We are wrecked for any other kind of life.  Honest about the pulls of affluence and the naivete of early enthusiasm, he paints a picture of following hard after Jesus into the places where compassion is most needed.  A good read for anyone who wants to live for the line, not the dot.

A Praying Life, by Paul Miller.  How’s your prayer life?  A friend of mine once said she had the same guilty feeling as when her dental hygienist asked if she flossed.  Paul Miller changes the question– what if you had a praying life?  I loved this book.  He poked through all kinds of rituals and language we have about prayer to really challenge me.  As you go through the day,  what kinds of things do you never think of praying about because you already think you know the answer? Yes, it was convicting but also refreshing.  Made me think more deeply about being child-like in faith.  Recommended!

The Furious Longing of God, Brennan Manning.  Thought-provoking as always, Manning reflects on what it means to belong to the Father. I’m going back for a second read and to do the exercises at the end of each chapter.

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society, Schaffer & Barrows.  A delightful read, perfect for vacation. Charmingly humorous, the story is told through a series of letters written back and forth between  an author and the people who lived through the German occupation of the Channel Islands during WWII.  I laughed out loud and couldn’t help reading probably a third of it out loud to my sister.  And she laughed, too!

The me i always wanted to be, John Ortberg.  Best thought so far:  Your relationship with God is not defined by your devotional life.  The author helps the reader understand different pathways, strengths and gifts to live a life of worship according to the way each is made.

The God Who Sees You: Look to Him when you feel Discouraged, Forgotten or Invisible, Tammy Maltby & Ann Christian Buchanan.  I picked this up as a Kindle deal, because of the title.  Perhaps I was feeling discouraged or something (I’m not sure now).  What I found was a revisit of the truths about God that sustain us when we hit seasons of discouragement, or feeling like nobody does really know us.  The book is refreshing & encouraging.  I recommend it.

Leading Across Cultures, James E. Plueddemann.  A must read for anybody involved in multi-national or multi-cultural leadership.  Plueddemann looks at a number of cultural studies (Hofstede, Globe, etc) and identifies characteristics that affect dynamics in multi-cultural teams.  I found myself nodding as I read through it, putting words to some of my experiences, and giving insight into others.

Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins.  The second book in the Hunger Games Trilogy kept me reading til the end.  As with the first, the characters are compelling.  The twists in the story keep the reader engaged with what unpredictable situation will surface next.

The Disciplined Life, Calvin Miller.  This material is adapted from an earlier book, Into the Depths of God.  I have not read the previous material.  This one is short, but FULL of challenging thoughts on our appetites, especially our hunger for God.  He tackles three competitors – sensuality, materialism and time.  Well worth the read.  Challenging.

Humilitas:  A lost key to life, love, and Leadership, by John Dickson.  An intriguing study about the history of the idea of humility being traced back to the crucifixion of Christ– humility always being understood as distinct from humiliation because of Jesus.  Short, and full of interesting historical and etymological facts.

Parables of the Christ-life, Lillias Trotter.  Miss Trotter looks at the natural process a plant goes through in order to develop a seed pod as a metaphor for fruit-bearing in a Christian. While she describes plants that I am unfamiliar with, and the edition has no pictures, her writing highlights the fact that a plant gives all its energy into developing seeds. All that is left is the dried up plant, but the seeds disperse and the plant is born again.

The Circle Maker, Mark Batterson.  a fresh approach to what has been called “prevailing prayer.”  Mark Batterson tells his own prayer journey/testimony and encourages the reader to believe God for big things by “praying them through.”  An interesting part of the book corroborates what I have read in other works- that which we set our minds upon influences us in our actions.  He lays out an argument that what we are praying about primes us to recognize the answers and opportunities when they come. The title is part of the encouragement – draw a chalk circle around yourself and pray for God to bring revival within that circle!  I was encouraged and challenged.  Looking for chalk now.

Drive, Daniel H. Pink.  A study on motivation highlighting the need for autonomy, mastery, and purpose in any of our endeavors to sustain motivation.  Worthwhile for leaders to understand that typical reward systems are often over-rated while often under-utilized strategies like giving people the outcomes and letting them work out the how’s are more effective in keeping people engaged in their work.  I confess I had some difficulty through the middle of this book.  it got a little dry in the middle.

Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins.  A story well told is difficult to put down.  that’s how I felt reading this book.  It’s a quick read and will make you think about what is right even in the face of danger to self.  I read it for a book club, but I’ll probably read the sequels!

Team of Rivals, Doris Kearns Goodwin.  a fabulous look at Abraham Lincoln and his Cabinet, composed of his rivals, hence the title. This book gives an insightful look at Abraham Lincoln’s character, intellect and relational ability, as well as those leaders around him.  Highly recommended.

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I Learned to Live a Better Story, Donald Miller.  This is probably my favorite of the year so far, because Donald Miller takes a good look at his own life in the context of editing the movie.  He’s funny and authentic and makes choices in light of living a better story.  Inspirational, good example of the faith steps needed for personal growth.

The Transforming Power of the Gospel, Jerry Bridges.  Jerry Bridges emphasizes the power of the Gospel in our daily lives– spends time unpacking the truth of the Gospel and key disciplines that help with life change.

Ultimate Leadership: Winning Execution Strategies for your Situation,
Russell E. Palmer.  Mr. Palmer looks at the context of your situation as a basis for selecting the appropriate leader and influence style for great execution.

Becoming a Talent Champion, Corporate Executive Board.  very short presentation of research done by the CEB on which talent strategies really work. Helpful if you’re trying to convince executive leaders which talent strategies work- lots of data.





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