I thought I would sum up my top ten books. These books are books I would read or have read more than once and definitely refer to often. They’ll be on my shelf to lend to others or first on the list to give to others.
Uncommon Leadership: Servant Leadership in a Power-Based World – 2nd Edition“>Uncommon Leadership by Robert Kuest is a MUST read book for every pastor and elder. In the day where the CEO rules this book will bring into focus what we should be doing.
Axiom: Powerful Leadership Proverbs“>Axiom: Powerful Leadership Proverbs by Bill Hybels is something worth reading every year. You’ll find something that relates to your situation and will encourage you to trust God with the results.
The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life In God“>The Divine Conspiracy and Renovation of the Heart: Putting On the Character of Christ (Designed for Influence)“>Renovation of the Heart by Dallas Willard are serious books for people who are serious about making disciples.
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I Learned to Live a Better Story“>A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller or anything else by him. This book especially showed me that most often the only thing standing in the way of me is me.
The Christian Atheist: Believing in God but Living As If He Doesn’t Exist“>The Christian Atheist by Craig Groescel describes with great accuracy the problems that we now face in the Church with people who claim to be the Church.
When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself“>When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert will change how you help people and will help you quit enabling them to live far from God.
Redemption: Freed by Jesus from the Idols We Worship and the Wounds We Carry (Re:Lit)“>Redemption by Mike Wilkerson is a great resource for trying to move people from Christian Atheism to adopted child of God.
Too Small To Ignore by Wes Stafford will change the value you put on a child’s life and will hopefully demand that you put some skin in the game involving their physical well-being and their spiritual destiny.
Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World“>Love Does by Bob Goff should encourage you to live a life worth writing a book about, or could discourage you by pointing out how little you’ve done so far. It could go down as the single most influential book I have ever read.
While I am not real keen on Daniel Pink’s former life as a speech writer for the inventor of the internet, Al Gore. I do find his case to be an interesting one.
In the Church our motivation for our work should be Christ born out of a continual recognition of the work of salvation, the hope of the resurrection, and the presence of the Holy Spirit during our life of sanctification. I find the case that Daniel makes here translates really well to those of us who follow Jesus because when we find ourselves adrift it may only take a quick look as to what our motivators have been in order to make a course correction.
All it takes is one guy on a weather channel to create an algorithm that predicts bad weather and the next thing you know schools are dismissing early, work grinds to a halt, evening plans get cancelled, and life moves to the basement.
When God adopted you and I as His kids we become that guy. We proclaim that based upon the algorithm that is God’s Word that unless you repent then Hell, which is far worse than death by tornado, is your destiny. And regardless of whether or not we stay there for eternity or just overnight my guess is a moment is too long.
So how are you doing at predicting the weather? Is anyone heeding your warning?