Book Reviews

This is one of those "I should have read it years ago" type of books. 

Read my book review here.


Clout is profoundly simple and practical. It doesn't matter whether you are in a "leadership" position, or whether you are a college student or stay-at-home mom, Clout has practical handles for anyone who wants to leverage their influence.

Read an excerpt here.


Unconditional Love by Ben Stroup explores what would be possible if ordinary people decided to say “yes” to the needs around them.

Read my Q&A with the author here


Love Is an Orientation by Andrew Marin is a great book on loving those in the GLBT community.

Read a few of my thoughts on the book here.


The Intuitive Compass by Frances Cholle is a book I found fascinating. It discusses the value of gut instinct in decision-making.

See some of my favorite quotes from the book here


Take the Lid off Your Church by Tony Morgan is a step-by-step tool for pastors who want to build healthy leadership teams. 

Here are some of my favorite quotes. 


The Christ Follower's New Clothes by Morgan Young is an e-book about following the way of Jesus when engaging in politics.

Here are some of my thoughts on the book, which you can download for free. 


Imitating Jesus by Lewie Clark I was surprised by the significant impact this book made on my understanding of discipleship.

Read some of my favorite quotes here.


Transformational Discipleship: How People Really Grow by Eric Geiger, Michael Kelley and Philip Nation

This is a compelling book on discipleship.

Read some of my thoughts on the book here.


In Pursuit of Great AND Godly Leadership by Mike Bonem

This is a tremendous book that merges the best practices of business with Christ-centered leadership.

Better than a book review, here is an interview I did with the author.


How Did That Happen? by Roger Connors and Tom Smith

This is a book all about “holding people accountable for results the positive, principled way.”

Read my initial thoughts on the book here.

Read another post about the book here.

Just Ask Leadership

Just Ask Leadership by Gary B. Cohen

This book contains so much of the leadership philosophy that I embrace. That is...great leaders are often the ones who are asking questions rather than tell others what to do.

Read my book review here.

Read some more of my thoughts on the book here.


Made to Stick by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Found invaluable help in this book.

Read my initial thoughts on the book here.


One from Many by Dee Hock and Peter M. Senge

This may sum up my philosophy on management better than anything else I’ve read.

Read my thoughts on the book here.

Read another post about it here.


Get Rid of the Performance Review by Samuel A. Culbert

We haven’t mandated annual performance reviews at Granger for several years for many of the reasons cited in this book.

Read my take on the book here.


Getting Naked by Patrick Lencione

Patrick Lencioni has spoken at the Global Leadership Summit several times and is always a favorite.

Read my thoughts on the book here.


Mavericks at Work by William C. Taylor & Polly G. LaBarre

Found many nuggets of truth in this book.

Read some of my thoughts on the book here.


Silos, Politics and Turf Wars by Patrick Lencione

I found this book to be a quick read, very insightful, and amazingly applicable to life in the church.

Read my thoughts on the book here.

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Decision Points by George W. Bush

This is not an autobiography–rather, it is a dissection of what he deems to be the ten most important decisions he has made as an adult.

Read my initial thoughts on the book here.


AND: The Gathered and Scattered Church by Hugh Halter & Matt Smay

We often think that a mega-church is, by default, not missional. These authors disagree.

Read my take on the book here.


Plan B by Pete Wilson

This is an amazing book which anyone who has experienced life that didn’t turn out like they hoped should read.

Read my book review here.


Untamed by Alan & Debra Hirsch

The writers state that, "We as believers are called to disciple everyone who comes into our orbit of influence.” What say you?

Read some of my thoughts on the book here.


Transforming Church in Rural America by Shannon O'Dell

Many manuscripts I skim–but this one I read word-for-word, from beginning to end.

Read my review of the book here.


Steering Through Chaos by Scott Wilson

This book holds a lot of fascination for me.

Read an article I wrote about the book here.


The Forgotten Ways by Alan Hirsch

What is the essence of what defines a church?

Read a few concepts from the book here.