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.
The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears
[note color=”#f5f5f5″]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.[/note]
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
[note color=”#f5f5f5″]”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.”[/note]
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
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?
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)
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
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.