I’m a nerd. I love to read. Even though I didn’t feel like I read much in 2013, I managed to knock out 10 really good books! One of my habits is to write a mini book report after I read a book. It helps me process what I got out of it and just might encourage someone else too. These are ordered with my personal favorites listed first.
The Peacemaking Pastor. The author did a wonderful job detailing the theology behind reconciliation and how a pastor’s calling involves bringing these things to bear within the local church.
The Shack. This is a novel about a man who suffers immense personal pain and does not know how to relate to God in light of it. Who can’t relate to that? In the story God meets him to help him process his woundedness and learn who God is and how to love him. I loved it.
The Expositional Commentary on The Gospel of Matthew by Boice. I love the Book of Matthew and Boice walked with me all year as I studied the story of Jesus. There are other authors who walk that journey with me but Boice was a faithful friend walking a path I’m in love with.
Heaven Help Our Church. This little book was published by Brian Thorstad who is doing interim pastor ministry just down the road at the Buffalo EFC. It’s for typical congregants to pick up and get practical advice on what to do when your church isn’t working right. I’m having lunch with Brian in a week to talk about it and thank him for his work.
Resilient Ministry. The authors gathered and interviewed tons of pastors to get a bead on what they struggle with and what is needed for them to have long-term fruitful ministries. It’s good to hear that others struggle with the same things I do!
Leading from the Sandbox by Tim Addington. Tim helped me lead our leaders to clearly articulate our culture and values in a way that we can measure and preserve them here at BEFC.
Redeeming Church Conflict. This is a passion of mine… seeing the gospel redeem the brokenness of churches for the glory of God. This book lays out Acts 15 and uses tons of personal examples of churches who humbled themselves to restore damaged relationships and healthy cultures.
Raising a Modern Day Knight was a great reminder to me of how I can impact my sons by forging Kingdom Values into their character. It also inspired the construction of our shields and swords with the 4th and 5th grade boys at church this fall.
When Life Gets Hard by Tim Addington. Tim’s walked through some deep stuff and shares how he has learned to follow Christ through the valleys.
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. We went through these principles as a staff this year. I appreciate how this has sharpened me as I continue to grow as a leader.
Thank you for scanning my list! This helps me put these books to rest and builds my courage to reach into my Great Books Pile to see what I need to learn in 2014!