My First Two Book Reads of 2009

One of the ways I continue to learn and stay fresh in my leadership role is by reading.  Years ago I developed a discipline of reading at least one chapter of a book everyday, in addition to the Bible reading I do.  At this rate, I finish an average of two books per month.  This rate keeps books from consuming all my time, but helps me stay current.  By the end of January, I had met my goal for the first month, and I can fully recommend the two books I finished last month. 

Unleashing the Power of Rubber Bands, by Nancy Ortberg is probably one of the easiest to read and yet most helpful leadership books I have ever read.  I write key points and the corresponding page numbers on the blank pages of my books for easy reference if I need them.  A good book will fill the front cover blank pages.  I found myself looking for more blank pages with this book.  Nancy is free flowing with one-liners that have huge impact.  I would highly recommend leaders or those desiring to be leaders read this book. 

it, How Churches and Leaders Can Get it and Keep it, by Craig Groeschel is a must read for pastors who want to see their churches get and keep it.  I won’t spoil the book for you telling you all that it is, but needless to say when you have it you know it.  Craig has the true heart of a pastor. He writes with humor, candor and humility.  Chapter 7 on innovation rocked my world with inspiration. Chapters 11 and 12 humbled me and gave me new encouragement to live bolder in my faith and draw closer to the heart of God.    

Feel free to click on the link on my home page to take you straight to and purchase these books for your library.  

What books would you suggest I add to my reading list this year?

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5 thoughts on “My First Two Book Reads of 2009

  1. Henri Nouwen, The Only Necessary Thing. This book is worth re-reading annually to help maintain passion in prayer and a right relationship with God.

    What Now by Marc Estes is a book to help people to evaluate their passion, gifting, talents, spiritual maturity and availability to minister in the local church. As an executive pastor in a large church in Portland, Estes bring many Biblical insights to bear which facilitate usefulness and focus. He encourages each person to see themselves as an important part of a team. A lot of the book is devoted to helping people find a correct fit so that they function more effectively.

  2. Emotionally Healthy Spirituality and The Emotionally Healthy Church. Both are by Peter Scazzero. These books radically changed my life and my ministry!