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Favorite Book Lists…Reprise

Did this post years ago…felt like it was worth reprising…but I should update it..maybe soon!

9/9/2007 8:20:37 PM

A long time ago, I did a blog post where I listed two lists of favorite ministry and leadership books…I thought that list might be helpful to reprise here for your potential use with your leadership teams:

I wanted to list my “Top 20” books by 12/31/05..didn’t happen. So..I pushed it to 6/30/06…I’m going to meet that deadline with this post (sort of). HOWEVER, I just couldn’t narrow it down to the Top 20…so I’m going to “cheat” a little….I have to split it up into a few separate lists over the next few posts…I’m excluding the Bible, but obviously God’s Word is the critical foundation book for everything I do and am.

Here are my TOP MINISTRY WORLDVIEW BOOKS…not affirming all the content in them, but their “frame bending” use in developing your ministry worldview. What would you add to the list??

1. Reforming Fundamentalism by George Marsden

2. Christ and Culture by Rheinold Niehbuhr

3. Future Edge by Joel Barker

4. How Should We Then Live by Francis Schaeffer

5. Prayer (all of his books!) by E.M. Bounds

6. Knowing God by J.I. Packer

7. Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby

8. Taking Our Cities for God by John Dawson

9. With Christ in the School of Disciple Making by Carl Wilson

10. The Master Plan of Discipleship by Robert Coleman

11. The Imitation of Christ by Thomas A Kempis

12. Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster

13. Three Kings by Gene Edwards

14. Victory over the Darkness by Neil Anderson

15.The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard

16. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

17.Wild at Heart by John Eldredge

18. Wounded Healer by Henri Nouwen

19. Kingdoms in Conflict by Charles Colson

20. Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

21. Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger by Rich Sider

22. Know Why You Believe & How to Give Away Your Faith by Paul Little

23. The Reformed Pastor by Richard Baxter

24. Case for Christ & Case for Faith by Lee Stroebel

25. Evidence and More Evidence by Josh McDowell

26. Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders

Here’s List #2 in my own personal “Great Books” collection lists…these are books that have shaped me from a Leadership & Financial perspective…not including the Bible which is obviously the most influential and formative leadership and financial peace book ever written…so…what would you add to this list??

1. Walking with the Giants by Warren Wiersbe

2. Biblical Preaching by Haddon Robinson

3. The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes & Posner

4. The Situational Leader by Hersey & Blanchard

5. 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell

6. Developing the Leader Within You & Around You by John Maxwell

7. Failing Forward and 360 Degree Leader by John Maxwell

8. Purpose Driven Church & Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

9. Next Generation Leader by Andy Stanley

10. Courageous Leadership by Bill Hybels

11. The Unity Factor by Larry Osborne

12. The Power of Vision by George Barna

13. The Very Large Church by Lyle Schaller

14. Unleashing the Church by Frank Tillapaugh

15.The Law of Rewards & The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn

16. Financial Peace by Dave Ramsey

17.Rich Dad, Poor Dad and Cash Flow Quadrant by Robert Kiyosaki

18. Business by the Book by Larry Burkett

19. Master Your Money & The Debt Squeeze by Ron Blue

20. Sound Mind Investing by Austin Pryor


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