What is your Summer reading list? What books are you reading or do you plan to read to help you grow as a leader? I have discovered reading with the intention of learning is a way for me to be the “best” me. With this new insight about myself, I have added reading into my daily schedule. Here are the next ten books on my list:
1. Boundaries by Henry Cloud. This book is on the list for two reasons: 1). Henry Cloud is a great author; 2). In order for me to lead my congregation to health, I need to be a healthy leader. Part of being a healthy leader is learning to set healthy boundaries.
2. The Shack by Wm. Paul Young. This book was highly recommended to me from the facilitator who facilitated my LifePlan recently.
3. Fathered by God by John Eldredge. This book is critical for me based on where I am on my spiritual journey. My earthly father and I have not had a close relationship for years. I need a Godly perspective on my true father.
4. Clout: Discover and Unleash Your God-Given Influence by Jenni Catron. My desire is to use my influence to point people to Jesus. I want to not only point people, but organizations as well.
5. Changes That Heal by Henry Cloud. This book is another book that is part of my commitment to become healthier as a leader.
6. Necessary Endings: The Employees, Businesses, and Relationships that All of Us Have to Give Up in Order to Move Forward by Henry Cloud. I chose this book with hopes it will help me to be a better leader.
7. The One-Life Solution: Reclaim Your Personal Life While Achieving Greater Professional Success by Henry Cloud. Again, this is part of my journey to become a healthier leader.
8. Leading The Discipleshift: Becoming a Disciple-Making Church by Brandon Guindon, Lance Wigton, and Luke Yetter. This is the book that the lead team at Eastside is working through as a team. We are working through this book with the intention going deeper in our understanding of leading the shift. Plus these guys are my buddies, and I think a lot of them.
9. The Invisible War: What Every Believer Needs to Know about Satan, Demons, and Spiritual Warfare by Chip Ingram. This is a book that I am currently reading in preparation for an upcoming sermon series which I will be preaching.
10. Bo’s Cafe by John Lynch, Bill Thrall, and Bruce McNicol. I read their book The Cure and was impressed. I am going to give them another shot with this novel.
What would you add? What books have helped you to become a healthier spiritual leader?