A leader is a reader. Growth is key in fulfilling our purpose in life. Without growth we will fall short of God’s best.
Below is a number of books I have read over the past few months. A few books did not get on the list because I didn’t finish reading them (I admit, I do this a lot).
There is no rhyme or reason to the order of the books I have read. Usually, I pick a book based on what I sense the Lord stirring within me. Other times, just because it looks interesting.
One thing. I would simply urge you to make the Bible your number one book. Read it daily.
Here’s the lineup. Click each book image to get more info.
The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears
Do you ever sense that there’s far more to prayer, and to God’s vision for your life, than what you’re experiencing? It’s time you learned from the legend of Honi the Circle Maker—a man bold enough to draw a circle in the sand and not budge from inside it until God answered his prayers for his people. What impossibly big dream is God calling you to draw a prayer circle around? Sharing inspiring stories from his own experiences as a circle maker, Mark Batterson will help you uncover your heart’s deepest desires and God-given dreams and unleash them through the kind of audacious prayer that God delights to answer.
Great book. Great testimonies. Easy Application. Inspirational. I have this on my re-read list. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is pursuing a life of prayer and practical application around it.
The Calling Journey: Mapping the Stages of a Leader’s Life Call – A Coaching Guide
“The Calling Journey is just such a map, revealing the common stages and transitions leaders go through on the pathway to their call. As you read what successful leaders from all walks of life experienced on the destiny road, you’ll gain an amazing perspective on how God is leveraging everything in your own story to make his dream for you come true. Along the way, you’ll learn how to identify key stages in your own journey and build a personal calling timeline. When you discover what God’s agenda is for each stage, you can lean into what he is doing in you instead of fighting the process.”
I have been interested in coaching for over two years. I picked this manual up at Bethel Church, Redding in their local bookstore. The book is pretty fascinating. Never seen a study on this before. I highly recommend.
Erasing Hell: What God said about eternity, and the things we made up
“With a humble respect for God’s Word, Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle address the deepest questions you have about eternal destiny. They’ve asked the same questions. Like you, sometimes they just don’t want to believe in hell. But as they write, “We cannot afford to be wrong on this issue.”
This is not a book about who is saying what. It’s a book about what God says. It’s not a book about impersonal theological issues. It’s a book about people who God loves. It’s not a book about arguments, doctrine, or being right. It’s a book about the character of God
Erasing Hell will immerse you in the truth of Scripture as, together with the authors, you find not only the truth but the courage to live it out.”
This is in some way a response to Rob Bells book, “Love Wins”. The book is written well. Simple. Scriptural. Honest. Nothing shocking but the straight-up reality of eternity apart from Christ.
God Behaving Badly: Is the God of the Old Testament Angry, Sexist and Racist?
“God has a bad reputation. Many think of God as wrathful and angry, smiting people right and left for no apparent reason. The Old Testament in particular seems at times to portray God as capricious and malevolent, wiping out armies and nations, punishing enemies with extreme prejudice.
But wait. The story is more complicated than that. Alongside troubling passages of God’s punishment and judgment are pictures of God’s love, forgiveness, goodness and slowness to anger. How do we make sense of the seeming contradiction? Can God be trusted or not?
David Lamb unpacks the complexity of the Old Testament to explore the character of God. He provides historical and cultural background to shed light on problematic passages and to bring underlying themes to the fore. Without minimizing the sometimes harsh realities of the biblical record, Lamb assembles an overall portrait that gives coherence to our understanding of God in both the Old and New Testaments.”
This is a great book that gives sound explanations to tough Old Testament events. A good read.
You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One)
“Author Jeff Goins shares his own story of self-doubt and what it took for him to become a professional. He gives you practical tips for freelancing, how to get published in magazines, and what it takes to build a platform that brings the gatekeepers to you.
This journey of becoming a writer begins with a simple but important belief: You are a writer; you just need to write. Readers will learn the importance of passion and discipline and how to show up every day to do the work.”
This is a very short book by blogger and now writer, Jeff Goins. This eBook is really about his journey in becoming a writer. I love the transparency and the “realness” of achieving the dream God puts in your heart.
A History of the Moravian Church
“No library of revival histories could ignore the amazing effects of the Moravian Church over the past 500 years.
Once known as the Unity of Brethren, the Moravian Church originated in Bohemia among some of John Huss’s followers. He broke with Rome in 1467. During the late fifteenth century, his followers in Moravia and Bohemia totalled close to a quarter of a million but suffered greatly from persecution.
By the end of 1648, only a small number of Moravians survived. In the early 1700′s, another group of Moravians sought refuge and religious freedom on the estates of the Lutheran Count Nicholas Ludwig von Zinzendorf and began a village known as Herrnhut, or “The Lord’s Watch.” Led by Zinzendorf, this dedicated band began a prayer and mission work which touched almost the entire world.”
Just breaking into this one. I really don’t know a whole lot about the Moravian Movement but recognize that what we are experiencing in the prayer movement today is a direct result of what happened then.
Your Thoughts? So what have you been reading lately? Have some books, blogs or articles that you can recommend? Any thoughts or questions about what I’ve been reading? Add your comment below.