Structured learning environments aren’t always an option. Intentional networking might be a little challenging based on your location or your time commitments. Perhaps there isn’t room in the budget for the mentoring you’d like to do. It’s okay, this is reality. But that’s why reading is such an incredible option for personal growth. That’s why I love books so much! No, seriously.


I love to read.
I love to write.
I love to talk about books.

I love to think about the next book I am going to read.

I have books in my car, on my desk, by my couch, on my nightstand, in the den, on our backporch, and in my stadium bag for softball…seriously I LOVE BOOKS!!

From time to time, I can find myself in a rut…too busy to think clearly-not really creating anything-seeming rather beige –do you know what I mean?

In those times, looking back I realize those are the times I use the excuse-I am too busy to read. When I am reading, I am much more productive as a writer. I find it easier to challenge myself with new thoughts and strategies. I am more creative in my solutions to issues with leading or improving my ministry.


Here is a list of some of my favorites and a word or two about why I chose to list them:

Need to rethink it all?
Deep and Wide by Andy Stanley

Looking for a new way to look at leadership?
The Four Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership: The Power of Leading From Your Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength by Jenni Catron

Trying to take care of your people better?
Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family by Bob Champman

Having trouble communicating vision?
Start With The Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Senik

Are you getting the mic in adult service on Sunday?
Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds by Carmine Gallo

Want volunteers that are owners and not renters?
Not Normal: Seven Quirks of Incredible Volunteers by Sue Miller and Adam Duckworth

Need to be reminded of why what you do matters?
Lasting Impact by Carey Nieuwhof

Trying to understand kids and their phases?
It’s Just a Phase by Reggie Joiner and Kristen Ivy

Looking for a quick list-easy read way to fine tune your ministry?
Turbocharged: 100 Simple Secrets to Successful Children’s Ministry by Dale Hudson and Scott Werner

And in case you are wondering what is on my shelf now…
The Importance of Being of Little by Erika Christakis (I can’t wait to start this one)


Garden City: Work, Rest, and the Art of Being Human by John Mark Comer (I started this book two months ago and am pacing myself. I am intentionally reading it as slowly as I can because I love it so much)

What about you?

What book are you reading right now? What is your absolute favorite ministry book? Why?