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“Ten years from now you will be the same, except for the books you read and the people you meet.”– Charlie “Tremendous” Jones

“Sit in a room and read–and read and read. And read the right books by the right people. Your mind is brought onto that level, and you have a nice, mild, slow-burning rapture all the time.” – Joseph Campbell

Read to Date 2013

20,000 Days and Counting by Robert D. Smith
Writing to Change the World by Mary Pipher
The Holy and the Broken by Alan Light
The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin
The Skeptical Student by Timothy Keller
Dangerous Calling by Paul David Tripp
Gospel Driven Leadership by Ryan J Pelton
How to Deliver a TED Talk by Jeremey Donovan

Read to Date 2012

Weird by Craig Groeschel
The Other 80 Percent by Scott Thurmma
Simply Jesus by NT Wright
How God Became King by NT Wright
The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson
QBQ by John G. Miller
Parenting the QBQ Way by John G. Miller
Disciple by Bill Clem
Community by Brad House
Building a Discipleship Culture by Mike Breen
Launching Missional Communities by Mike Breen
With Justice for All by John M. Perkins
The 5 Levels of Leadership by John C Maxwell
Great by Choice by Jim Collins
The Vampire Defanged by Susannah Clements
Biblical Eldership by Alexander Strauch
Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading Literature by Tony Reinke
Real Marriage by Mark Driscoll
Small Groups with Purpose by Steve Gladen
Creating Community by Andy Stanley
Jesus + Nothing = Everything by Tullian Tchividjian
Mormonism Explained by Andrew Jackson
How Do You Kill 11 Million People by Andy Andrews
EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey
The Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler
Craddock on the Craft of Preaching by Fred Craddock
Scripture and Discernment by Luke Timothy Johnson
Love Does by Bob Goff
My Cross to Bear by Gregg Allman
Soul Detox by Craid Groeschel
The Covenant by Timothy Ballard
Gospel-Centered Discipleship by Jonathan K. Didson
Parenting Beyond Your Capacity by Reggie Joiner and Carey Nieuwhof
The Word of the Lord to Republicans by Brian McLaren
The Word of the Lord to Democrats by Brian McLaren
The Word of the Lord to Evangelicals by Brian McLaren
The Orange Revolution by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton
Love Is An Orientation by Andrew Marin (Re-Read)
Pastors in the Classics by Leland and Philip Ryken
Jesus Hates Dead Religion by Eric Metaxes
Stop Stealing Dreams by Seth Godin
You Are A Writer by Jeff Goins
In Pursuit of Great AND Godly Leadership by Mike Bonem
AND: The Gathered and Scattered Church by Hugh Halter and Matt Smay (Re-read)
Date Your Wife by Justin Buzzard
Multiplying Mission Leaders by Mike Breen
The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni
Platform by Michael Hyatt
Praying Circles Around Your Children by Mark Batterson
Batman and Psychology by Travis Langley
Vision: Lost and Found: The Story Of A Church That Got Stuck but Didn’t Stay There by Tim Stevens
Running for Mortals by John “The Penguin” Bingham and Jenny Hadfield
The Measure of Our Success: An Impassioned Plea to Pastors by Shawn Lovejoy

Read to Date 2010

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni
When Church Kids Go Bad: How to Love and Work with Rude, Obnoxious, and Apathetic Students by Les Christie
Sherlock Holmes by Sir Authur Conan Doyle
Collected Words of Mike Yaconelli for Youth Workers by Mike Yaconelli
The Gospel According to Lost by Chris Seay
Wired for Intimacy by William M. Struthers
Hear No Evil by Matthew Paul Turner
A New Kind of Christianity by Brian McLaren
Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk
Leaders Who Last by Dave Kraft
The Prodigal God by Tim Keller
The Pacific by Hugh Ambrose
Rework by Jason Fried & David Hansson
Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip & Dan Heath
Steering Through Chaos: Mapping a Clear Direction for Your Church in the Midst of Transition and Change by Scott Wilson
The Year of Living like Jesus: My Journey of Discovering What Jesus Would Really Do by Ed Dobson
The Making of a Leader by Robert J. Clinton (Reread)
Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus by Ann Spangler
Everyman’s Talmud by A. Cohen
Doctrine by Mark Driscoll and Gary Breshears
Verbal Judo: The Gentle Art of Persuasion by George Thompson (Reread)
Sun Stand Still by Steven Furtick
Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky
The Christian Atheist by Craig Groschel
AND: The Gathered and Scattered Church by Halter and Smay
Church 3.0 by Neil Cole
Called to Lead by John MacArthur
Church Planter by Darrin Patrick
The Land Between by Jeff Manion
Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh
Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxes
The Elephant in the Boardroom by Weese and Crabtree
What is God Really Like? edited by Craig Groeschel
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Read to Date 2009

The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible by Scot McKnight
Frost/Nixon: Behind the Scenes of the Nixon Interviews by Sir David Frost
Creating Community by Andy Stanley and Bill Willits
Church Unique by Will Mancini
Teach: The Ordinary Persons Guide to Teaching Teenagers the Bible by Dr. Allen Jackson
Practicing Greatness: 7 Disciplines of Extraordinary Spiritual Leaders by Reggie McNeal
Why Your Church Must Twitter by Anthony D. Coppedge
On Church Leadership by Mark Driscoll
Worship Matters by Bob Kauflin
Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street by Michael Davis
The Fuel and the Flame by Steve Shadrach
Porn-Again Christians by Mark Driscoll
Inside the Revolution: How the Followers of Jihad, Jefferson & Jesus Are Battling to Dominate the Middle East & Transform the World by Joel C. Rosenberg
Killing Cockroaches: And Other Scattered Musings on Leadership by Tony Morgan
The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University by Kevin Roose
Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
The Most Loving Place In Town by Ken Blanchard & Phil Hodges
Apologetics For a New Generation ed. by Sean McDowell
Problem Solving 101: A Simple Book for Smart People by Ken Wantabe
Mad Church Disease: Overcoming the Burnout Epidemic by Anne Jackson
Love is an Orientation: Elevating the Conversation with the Gay Community by Andrew Marin
Hero: becoming the Man She Desires by Fred & Jasen Stroeker.
Should We Use Someone Else’s Sermon?: Preaching in a Cut-and-Paste World by Scott Gibson
Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns
Enemies & Allies by Kevin Anderson
The Principle of the Path by Andy Stanley
Justification by N.T. Wright
Missional Renaissance: Changing the Scorecard for the Church by Reggie McNeal
A Tale of Two Youth Workers by Eric Venable
Simple Student Ministry: A Clear Process for Strategic Youth Discipleship by Eric Geiger & Jeff Borton
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
If God Is Good by Randy Alcorn
Comeback Churches: How 300 Churches Turned Around and Yours Can, Too by Ed Stetzer & Mike Dodson
Flickering Pixels: How Technology Shapes Your Faith by Shane Hipps
Derailed: Five Lessons Learned from Catastrophic Failures of Leadership by Tim Irwin
Ten Stupid Things That Keep Churches from Growing: How Leaders Can Overcome Costly Mistakes by Geoff Surratt
Help! I’m a Frustrated Youth Worker by Steve Case
Death by Love by Mark Driscoll
Primal: A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity by Mark Batterson
If I Knew Then What I Know Now by Len Woods & Dave Veerman


Provocative Faith: Walking Away from Ordinary by Matthew Paul Turner
Beatitude by Matthew Paul Turner
Running for Mortals by John Bingham, Jenny Hadfield
The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, time, and the Texture of Reality by Brian Greene
Samson and the Pirate Monks by Nate Larkin
Pagan Christianity: Exploring the Roots of Our Christian Practices by Viola and Barna
Manhunt: The 12 Day Chase to Catch Lincoln’s Killer by James Swanson
Jesus for President: Politics for Ordinary Radicals by Shane Claibourne
The Imagineering Way: Ideas to Ignite Your Creativity by the Imagineers
Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala
Apocalypse 2012: An Investigation into Civilization’s End by Lawrence E. Joseph
Looking for God: An Unexpected Journey through Tattoos, Tofu, and Pronouns by Nancy Ortberg
Church Is a Team Sport by Jim Putman
The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
The Organic God by Margaret Feinberg
The Great Awakening: Reviving Faith & Politics in a Post-Religious Right America by Jim Wallis
A Tale of Three Kings by Gene Edwards
Beautiful Boy by David Sheff
leading From the Second Chair by Mike Bonem and Roger Patterson
Walt Disney by Neal Gabler
Finding Our Way Again by Brian McLaren
Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
Partnering With Parents by by Jim Burns & Mike Devries
Unleashing God’s Word In Youth Ministry by Barry Shafer
The Brad Gap by Marty Neumeier
Wild Goose Chase by Mark Batterson
Pop Goes the Church by Tim Stevens
Teaching Your Children Healthy Sexuality by Jim Burns
Tribes by Seth Godin
Sticky Church by Larry Osborne
It: How Churches and Leaders Can Get It and Keep It by Craig Groeshel
Jesus Wants to Save Christians by Rob Bell & Don Golden
Soul Revolution by John Burke
The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
The Three Big Questions of a Frantic Family by Patrick Lencioni


The Forgotten Ways by Alan Hirsh
Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce by John Piper
Youth Ministry Mutiny by Greg Stier
Sex God by Rob Bell
Through a Screen Darkly by Jeffrey Overstreet
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
The Spark: Igniting the Creative Power That Lives Within Us All by Heward & Bacon
Presence-Centered Youth Ministry: Guiding Students into Spiritual Formation by Mike King
They Like Jesus but Not the Church by Dan Kimball
Unhooked: How Young Women Persue Sex, Delay Love, and Lose at Both by Laura Sessions Stepp
The Big Idea by Dave Freguson
The Culturally-Savvy Christian by Dick Staub
The Dip by Seth Godin
CS Lewis in a Time of War by Justin Phillips
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
Peppermint-Filled Pinatats by Eric Michael Bryant
Holy Discontent by Bill Hybels
Dare2Share by Greg Stier
Jesus-Centered Youth Ministry by Rick Lawrence
The Gospel According to the Simpsons, Bigger and Possibly Even Better! Edition: With a New Afterword Exploring South Park, Family Guy, and Other Animated TV Shows by Mark Pinsky
Religious Literacy by Stephen Prothero
Getting Students to Show Up: Practical Ideas for Any Eventfrom 10 to 10,000 by Jonathan McKee
Messy Spirituality by Mike Yaconelli
Jesus Mean and Wild by Mark Galli
Questions to All Your Answers by Roger E. Olson
Everything Must Change by Brian McLaren
UnChristian by David Kinnaman & Gabe Lyons
The Year of Living Bibilically by A.J. Jacobs
Born Standing Up by Steve Martin
I Am America (And So Can You) by Stephen Colbert
The Dangerous Act of Worship by Mark Labberton
Simple Church by Thom S. Rainer, Eric Geiger
The Three Signs of a Miserable Job by Patrick Lencioni
The New Frontier by Darwyn Cooke
Going All the Way by Craig Groeschel

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