So, What Have You Been Reading Lately?

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

The Calling Journey

[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?

God Behaving Badly

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.

Currently Reading

A History of the Moravian Church

History of 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.

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  1. charis Aug 6, 2012 at 9:35 am

    some great suggestions. i just recently finished tim miller’s book – poised for harvest, braced for backlash. i really thought it laid out the gospel well in the context of his missions work oversees with primarily muslim cultures and yet could be easily applied to our lives right where we are. it held my interest which is good. in the Word i am currently reading romans. πŸ™‚

    1. Greg Aug 6, 2012 at 1:57 pm

      I took a look at Tim’s book over at Amazon…it looked pretty interesting. I made a note of it in my “to read” books. If you come across any more good reads let me know. πŸ˜‰

    2. Bill scofield Aug 7, 2012 at 3:31 am

      I am reading Missionary Methods: Saint Paul’s or Ours by Rolland Alland. A classic in missions circles. The guy was a pretty revolutionary thinker in his day regarding missions. The book is basically him contrasting Paul’s mission accounts in Acts and the Epistles with our modern methods…pretty solid.
      Also reading Joel Richardson – MidEast Beast. Basically an exegesis of Biblical passages regarding the Antichrist. Goes into quite a bit of the history of why we reinterpreted all of the nations mentioned regarding the Antichrist to be Eastern European rather than the straight forward reading which clearly places them all in the Middle East. Joel did his homework! I didn’t expect it to be so compelling. Good read… definitely thought of you while reading this one! πŸ™‚

      1. Greg Aug 7, 2012 at 6:47 am

        Seems like you and Charis are jumping on the missions books and of course, you threw a little end-times twist in there. Who knows, I might check out Joels book. πŸ˜‰

        1. Diana (Di. ) Aug 7, 2012 at 9:04 am

          I am thankful and it’s great of you to send the list of books,
          thank you do much it will help a lot.
          I am trying to catch up with my daily prayers and readings,too.
          I am most grateful for your readings and thoughts and inspirations of many in
          This page of prayer. You all bring hope to
          Me. Love you all and God bless.
          Thanks Greg.

          Also, I started writing but I don’t know
          If it went through and I was not done.
          Anyway ignore it !!!

          1. Greg Aug 7, 2012 at 10:28 am

            Thanks Di. I’m encouraged by your comment! πŸ˜‰

  2. Carine Aug 7, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Forgiveness – God’s Master Key – Pray the most powerful prayer on earth by Peter Horrobin (and a whole series of books from his ministry)

    1. Greg Aug 8, 2012 at 6:53 am

      Carine, looks like a good read. Don’t know much about his ministry. Thanks for letting me know.;)

  3. Brian Aug 12, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    In full agreement with “a leader is a reader” and we’re all called to provide a lead for something. Greg, I’ve read Primal by Mark Batterson some time ago and enjoyed the depth and dimension of his writing. This account of Honi the Circle Maker really has me intrigued. What is your perspective about this type of prayer resolve and how God responds to it?

    1. Greg Aug 14, 2012 at 10:51 pm

      Brian, I like the principles around what Honi did. It created a focus/target to apply faith in the place of relentless prayer. If the circle was a visual and practical way to create a focus in relentless prayer, I’m all for it. In truth, God hears and honors prayer regardless. Circles do not have the power to draw His attention and can never be used as a form of manipulation, but it did benefit Honi for the reasons I stated above. God honors the humble heart that reaches to Him in prayer, regardless of whether we use circles, squares, triangles or nothing at all. πŸ˜‰

      1. Brian Aug 15, 2012 at 6:56 am

        I like the targeted focus and resolve …

  4. Jeremy Dec 3, 2013 at 12:30 am

    Hi Greg, thank you so much for sharing your book recommendations. Currently I am reading the autobiography of cricket star Ricky Ponting called “Ponting: At The Close of Play”. I am enjoying this book because aside from I am a huge fan, reading Ponting’s story made me realize that even popular people also suffer from problems. I have learned a lot of things from Ponting’s mistakes and I am glad that he realized all of this and strive to be a better person. Here is the synopsis for those who are interested: Thank you so much Greg, keep up the good work.

    1. Greg Simas Dec 3, 2013 at 12:39 am

      Hi Jeremy. Just looked over the book on Amazon’s website. Great reviews from readers. I have to admit a barely know anything about the sport of Cricket but I do love sports! There are many life-lessons to be learned in any professional sport. Thanks for this recommendation and thanks too dropping by the blog to share it. πŸ˜‰


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