Falling Into Grace
Geoff Surratt: The Multi-Site Church Revolution: Being One Church in Many Locations (Leadership Network Innovation Series, The)
We're going multi-site. When we first started thinking about it, we thought we might be in the friont of this, bu it turns out a lot of foloks are doing it. We believe God is leading us this way. Pretty exciting!
Mike Huckabee: Character Makes a Difference: Where I'm From, Where I've Been, and What I Believe
I like Mike Huckabee. I definitely would have enjoyed him as a president. I was going to blog on the his faith, but I guess it's too late. Too bad. He has written a bunch of books!
Bob Briner: Roaring Lambs: A Gentle Plan to Radically Change Your World
I've been wanting to read this for awhile. Since it was recommended again, I'm going to try again!
Brian Welch: Save Me from Myself: How I Found God, Quit Korn, Kicked Drugs, and Lived to Tell My Story
Wild story from a wild guy tamed by Jesus Christ. Brian Welsh, the former lead guitar player from the metal band Korn tells his story. Looks like Jesus keeps doing His thing!
J. P. Moreland: Kingdom Triangle: Recover the Christian Mind, Renovate the Soul, Restore the Spirit's Power
Moreland has been attending - and teaching at- the Vineyard in Anahiem, pastored by Lance Pittluck. I'm interested to see what effect that has hd on Moreland.
Rob Bell: Sex God: Exploring the Endless Connections Between Sexuality And Spirituality
The opening lines n the booK: "Once there were two brothers. Jacob had smooth skin. But his older brother, Esau was a "hairy man." And not only was Esau follicly endowed, he loved to be outdoors. He was a skillful hunter - picture Ted Nugent in sandals. His smooth skinned brother? Jacob stayed inside and cooked and hung out with their mother. You can smell a conflict coming. Which it does." Bell is a great communicator and takes subjects we thought we knew about, turns them inside out and forces us to look at them with new eyes. Translation? He's a nut! But well worth reading!
Tony Stoltzfus: Leadership Coaching: The Disciplines, Skills, and Heart of a Christian Coach
The world needs more leadership. Somebody has to lead and help others to do the same. Leadership coaching is a great concept. This book helps those that want to help establish leaders.
Michael Frost: Exiles: Living Missionally in a Post-Christian Culture
So far, it's good. Pretty radical. Get ready to have your world dismantled. Best quote so far, "It's always been the perogative of children and half-wits to point out that the emperor has no clothes. But the half-wit remains a half-wit, and the emperor remains an emperor." Frost doesn't see slamming criticism as helpful, but he has a load of cultureal insights on how to be better witness in our present realities.
Donald Miller: Searching for God Knows What
Talk about slaying sacred cows. This book is hilarious. Miller has a way of making us take God seriously by helping us to take a good look at ourselves. Miller is a hoot!
Steve Turner: Imagine: A Vision for Christians in the Arts
After a few decades as a rock critic and author, Steve Turner tells the story of his Christian journey and how he came to grips with the role of Christians in the arts.
Gary L. McIntosh: One Size Doesnt Fit All: Bringing Out the Best in Any Size Church
I'm reading this bnook with a group of pastors from Southern New England. Maybe we'll learn something!
Peter Jones: The God of Sex How Spirituality Defines Your Sexuality
What is pagen spirituality? What is pagen sexuality? Why does it produce a culture of death? What is Biblical spirituality? What is Biblical sexuality? How does it produce a culture of life? Does all this matter? You bet! Our culture is in a free fall and sexuality is at the core of our being, our cultural debates and our future.
Dave Kusek: The Future of Music: Manifesto for the Digital Music Revolution
The best sellingCD in the year 2004 was blank and recordable. What does that mean for the future of music? Interesting and very thought provoking book!
Bill Hybels: Just a Walk Across the Room Simple Steps to Pointing People to Faith
Hybels transparency about his own life is always refreshing. Great advice on loving people into the Kingdom.
Tri Robinson: Saving God's Green Earth: Rediscovering the Church's Responsibility to Environmental Stewardship
I've never read a book on Christian environmentalism and have never really heard anybody say much about the Bible and the environment. I'm hoping to be surprised or at least streched by the book.
Lauren Sandler: Righteous: Dispatches from the Evangelical Youth Movement
An outsider looks in on the evangelical youth movement
Patrick Lencioni: Death by Meeting
I've been wanting to read this book for awhile. I had Lencioni's other book on my shelf (The Five Dysfuntions of a Team) but I let somebody borrow it and can't remember who. I saw loads of folks reading this in the airports. Let's face it, we need better structured and more efficient organizational communication and meetings. Hope this helps!
David Murrow: Why Men Hate Going to Church
A little slow and not nearly as much fun as 'Wild at Heart."
William M. Easum: Go Big!: Lead Your Church to Explosive Growth!
I think they wanted to get this book out fast. On the top of the front cover it says, "Introduction by Ed Young," which should be worth the price of the book itself. But, there's no introduction! What a hoot! But it's a great book. God wants to save people. Let's believe Him for it!
Robert D. Kaplan: Soldiers of God: With Islamic Warriors in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Kaplan travelled about with the 'mujahdin" (the soldiers of God) through the rugged countryside of Afghanistan and Pakistan during the 80s war to rid the territory of the Russian invaders. Amazing stories, pertinent history.
Shane Hipps: The Hidden Power of Electronic Culture: How Media Shapes Faith, the Gospel, and Church (Emergentys)
I get the feeling that this is a rework of Marshall McLuhan's, "The Medium is the Message." I never read that. It is nevertheless, pretty interesting how media effects us.
John Wooden: Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success Playbook: Applying the Pyramid of Success to Your Life
What a great coach John Wooden was! UCLA in the heyday! Maybe the greatest coach ever and a remarkable human being. Outside of coaching, his life was dominated by family and church. This little book is co-written with travelling minister and former LA Laker Jay Carty. This book is full of great advice for coaching in life, family and work. Get it and read it in bits and pieces.
Harold Myra: The Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham
I can't seem to finish this book. I read a little, put it down and think it about it for awhile. First underlined quote, "Leadership is forged in the furnace." First applicable concept, "Turn your critics into coaches." Listen to what others are saying without letting them stop the show. Graham was amazing! Good lessons
Mark A., Ph.D. Gabriel: Islam and the Jews: The Unfinished Battle
Mark Gabriel holds a Phd in Islamic history and culture from Al-Azhar University. He was able to quote the entire Quran before he was twelve. A convert to Christianity, his book shows why Jews and Muslims will always be at odds. As Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein says this is, "a reminder of how love can overcome hate." Great story. Important information.
Jim Collins: "Good To Great"
"Good is the enemy of great." Collins isn't the first one to say it, but he proves his case. Doing things well can keep us from doing things better. I'm reading this book with a coaching network I'm a participant in. We meet in Manhatten at The Journey Church the last Friday of every month. Collins writes for business, but shows you can be great without being faddish. Collins points out that 'greatness' is enduring. I've been thinking about passing the torch of minstry to young leaders. That's enduring. 2 Timothy 2:2 has a "good to great" plan for one hundred years of continuous Christianty starting with one person. Not bad!
Terry Mattingly: Pop Goes Religion
Terry Mattingly looks for God in all the strange places. Sometimes he finds Him, sometimes he doesn't. Sometimes he thinks he did, but he didn't. Very short chapters. It ain't no daily devotional, but nevertheless fun.
Malcolm Gladwell: The Tipping Point
This book is way over-rated. His premise could have been made in a sentence: "When something reaches critical mass it catches on."