Summer 2014 Reads

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All leaders are readers, so here’s my Summer 2014 reading list. This is a great list to grow and lean from, so dive in and keep reading!

  1. Chaos : Mapping a Clear Direction for Your Church in the Midst of Transition and Change by Scott Wilson

Scott Wilson examines how to effectively lead your church through the process of change. This is a great book on change that addresses transitions in building new facilities, changing your staff structure, adding new services, and the transition to becoming a multisite ministry. This is one of the best books I’ve read on preparing a church for change and next level ministry. Scott Wilson encourages you to lead with confidence, courage, and commitment through the challenges that come with change.

  1. The Red Sea Rules: 10 God-Given Strategies for Difficult Times Hardcover Robert J. Morgan (Author)

The Red Sea Rules” reveals that even in the midst of seemingly impossible situations, God promises to make a way for us. His loving guidance will protect us through danger, illness, marital strife, financial problems, or whatever challenges Satan places in our path.

Using the Israelites’ story in Exodus 14 as an example, Robert Morgan offers ten sound strategies for moving from fear to faith. The ten rules will give you hope and remind you that God is still in control. A great book to read especially when you back is against the ball.

  1. Think Your Way Up: 21 Mental Habits of High Performance People by Jinneh Dyson

 Dr. Jinneh Dyson is one of the best speakers I know and she is as equally respected as a great writer in her new book entitled, “Think Your Way Up”. This book is broken up into three simple steps: Think Up, Train Up, and Turn Up. It’s filled with stories and healthy mental habits that will motivate you transform your mind. Prepare to think your way up and become a forward thinker. A great read for those who are ready to develop a new way of thinking.

  1. Create Your Writer Platform: The Key to Building an Audience, Selling More Books, and Finding Success as an Author Chuck Sambuchino. 

With my first book being weeks away from release, I learned a great deal from Chuck Sambuchion’s book. This book is a comprehensive guide for using social media and other means to build the awareness of you and your work that can be a prerequisite to publishing. If you’re a new writer, get started building your platform now. Don’t wait until your book is ready to go, and find out the hard way you should have started sooner. This is a great resource for writers. The case studies make this book extra special. Make the purchase and dive in ASAP!

  1. The Old Man and The Sea Paperback –by Ernest Hemingway

The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway’s most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal — a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream.

Hemingway’s strikingly contemporary writing style puts you on the sea in the boat with the old man. This classic novella confirmed his power and presence in the literary world and played a large part in his winning the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature.

This short novel is vibrant and full of energy. Of course, this is the standard “man against nature” story, but it is told with such a craft that it captivates you and makes you appreciate the writer Hemingway was.

  1. Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition: A Workbook (Pathways in Spiritual Growth by Steve Harper

 This workbook describes major features in John Wesley’s devotional life, and it illustrates how you can apply his ministry to your own life. With my recent trip to London (Summer 2014) and a visit to John Wesley’s home/church, this book is guided me into having a richer daily devotional life. Structured around Wesley’s “Means of Grace,” the seven-week study workbook covers amongst other topics, prayer, scripture, the Lord’s Supper, and fasting. This book is changed my life and grew my relation with Christ to be more intimate; a great read to strengthen your walk with Christ.

  1. Being Leaders: The Nature of Authentic Christian Leadership by Aubrey Malphurs.

Leadership expert Aubrey Malphurs has written a working definition of Christian leadership based on research, experience and the Bible. This is a great book and clearly shows how Christian leadership differs from secular leadership. It is more about “who” you are as a leader than what structure you use; however, I feel the best part of this book is the audits and surveys. This book is practical, helpful and inspiring. Make this book a recommended read for yourself and your leaders.

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