Jamie's Book Pics
Several people have encouraged me to share some of the books that I have been encouraged by over this past year. So in no particular order here they are.
The 4 Disciplines of Execution, by Sean Covey
The 4 Disciplines exist for one reason: to execute on a plan in the midst of the whirlwind of distractions. Most people are so busy just maintaining the business—just keeping their heads above water—most of the time they can't even hear you, let alone execute on your most important priorities. The 4 Disciplines focuses your team's energy on a winnable game in the midst of distraction.
Leading Me by Steve Brown
Leading Me will help you get traction on living a Christ-centered, holistic, sustainable and fruitful life of impact. Grounded in biblical truth, utilizing the latest research and drawing on the proven process of the Arrow Leadership Program, Leading Me provides practical next steps for your most important leadership assignment…you.
Resident Aliens by William Willimon
Resident Aliens discusses the nature of the church and its relationship to surrounding culture. It argues that churches should focus on developing Christian life and community rather than attempting to reform secular culture. Stanley Hauerwas and William H. Willimon reject the idea that America is a Christian nation; instead, Christians should see themselves as "resident aliens" in a foreign land. According to Hauerwas and Willimon, the role of Christians is not to transform government but to live lives that model the love of Christ. Rather than try to convince others to change their ethics, Christians should model a new set of ethics that are grounded in the life, death, and resurrection of Christ.
The Good and Beautiful God by James Bryan Smith
"God wants me to try harder.""God blesses me when I'm good and punishes me when I'm bad.""God is angry with me."We all have ideas that we tell ourselves about God and how he works in our lives. Some are true--but many are false. James Bryan Smith believes those thoughts determine not only who we are, but how we live. In fact, Smith declares, the most important thing about a person is what they think about God. The path to spiritual transformation begins here.Turning to the Gospels, Smith invites you to put your ideas to the test to see if they match up with what Jesus himself reveals about God. Once you've discovered the truth in Scripture, Smith leads you through a process of spiritual formation that includes specific activities aimed at making these new narratives real in your body and soul as well as your mind.
Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist
Present Over Perfect is writer Shauna Niequist’s motto for how to live a rich, engaged, and loving life in the midst of what often feels terribly messy and imperfect. In vulnerable, honest stories and beautifully written short essays Shauna offers an invitation to a new way of living—full of grace, space, and connection.
Thanks for taking time to check this out. We are going to put this on our website and hoping you might be able to share your own picks there too. If it helps here's a reading tip because I struggled for years and years and years to "find time" to read. Over the past 2 years I have a chart that I check off where I try to read for 10-15 minutes a day. Most weeks I get to it 4-5 times. That has allowed me to read about a book a month which is really good for me. For what it's worth....