Messy Spirituality: God's Annoying Love for Imperfect People
Before Yaconelli's death, he served as the founder of Youth Specialties, a pastor, and a popular conference speaker. He was incredibly authentic and h ...more
Sep 12, 2011
Sep 03, 2011
Crafting a Rule of Life: An Invitation to the Well-Ordered Way
Over the last year, I have learned about a rule of life and seen how valuable it can be in someone's life. I applaud Macchia for his attempt in helpin ...more
Jan 11, 2013
Sep 28, 2012
The Magic of Thinking Big
The Magic of Thinking Big was horrible for several reasons (some of which are my fault):
1. It was recommended by Michael Hyatt on one of his podcasts,
Oct 17, 2012
Jun 17, 2012
I hated almost every minute of this book but had to read it for a class. de Mello combines Christian, Hindu, Buddhist and New Age worldviews mixed wit ...more
Sep 10, 2010
Aug 20, 2010
Pure Pleasure: Why Do Christians Feel So Bad about Feeling Good?
Gary Thomas tackles the questions that surround the role of pleasure in a Christian's life. Should Christians spend money and time and energy on the t ...more
Jul 05, 2014
Jul 06, 2014
Seasons of the Soul: Stages of Spiritual Development
Demarest writes this book to elucidate readers on some of the seasons of spiritual formation in a person's life. It is different than Ashbrook's Mansi ...more
Mar 11, 2012
Mar 03, 2012
Mansions of the Heart: Exploring the Seven Stages of Spiritual Growth
As part of my doctoral studies through Denver Seminary, I have read several books dealing with the Stages of Faith Development. Mansions of the Heart ...more
Apr 15, 2012
Mar 11, 2012
The Heart of Leadership: Becoming a Leader People Want to Follow
I have loved all of Mark Miller's books. While they appear very simple in the beginning, they are filled with wisdom--just packaged in a very user-fri ...more
Dec 21, 2013
Oct 18, 2013
The 12 Week Year
This is the best book that I have read on goal-setting and accomplishment. Moran provides a comprehensive guide to setting short term goals that are c ...more
Jul 21, 2013
Jun 21, 2013
Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results
I have been fascinated with habit and habit formation for several years and believe this book to be a breakthrough. While it deals with the science so ...more
Apr 10, 2014
Mar 15, 2014
Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us
Thank God I'm finally finished with this book. In the 147 pages there were about 5 good ideas or quotes. I've talked to several people who have raved ...more
Jul 19, 2010
Jul 12, 2010
This novel is narrated by a 5 year old boy named Jack. He was born to a an enslaved woman who lives in an small, underground room. Jack has never seen ...more
Mar 08, 2014
Mar 15, 2014
Whole Life Transformation
I absolutely loved this book and believe it should be a must-read for all ministry leaders. Meyer tells the story of his journey from harried pastor w ...more
Sep 03, 2011
Sep 03, 2011
Read This Before Our Next Meeting
Pittampalli prescribes a new way of doing meetings because of the amount of time and money that organizations waste in pointless meetings. His method ...more
Feb 11, 2012
Feb 19, 2012
Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America
I have a great deal of tension over this book and how to rate it. On the one hand, the message of this book is powerful and thought-provoking. It forc ...more
Nov 29, 2011
Nov 29, 2011
Organic Community: Creating a Place Where People Naturally Connect
I found this book practically useless. It's a book filled with ideas about what community should look like and how to create an environment of communi ...more
Oct 16, 2011
Oct 16, 2011
The Church on the Other Side: Doing Ministry in the Postmodern Matrix
I do not consider myself supportive of the emergent church movement, although I appreciate the sincere desires of those who are leading it who want to ...more
Dec 07, 2011
Dec 05, 2011
From Stuck to Unstuck
I was assigned this book as part of a doctoral class on understanding problems in ministry and the systemic forces that cause them. Halstead writes to ...more
Apr 23, 2013
Apr 20, 2013
Renovation of the Church: What Happens When a Seeker Church Discovers Spiritual Formation
This quick book tells the story of two pastors who led a growing mega-church in California, only to realize that they were not seeing people (includin ...more
Oct 30, 2011
Oct 25, 2011
Five Sacred Crossings: A Novel Approach to a Reasonable Faith
This little book is a very good introduction to a logical faith (which many people take as a contradiction). Hazen does a very good job of tying in a ...more
Nov 30, 2010
Nov 25, 2010
Making Room for Leadership: Power, Space and Influence
An incredibly thought-provoking book for Christian and especially Christian leaders to think about how the use of one's body affects one's leadership ...more
Nov 26, 2012
Nov 21, 2012
The Dark Night of the Soul: A Psychiatrist Explores the Connection Between Darkness and Spiritual Growth
Over the last two months, I have read several works that have referenced the Dark Night of the Soul and given insights into it. May's book is the firs ...more
Jun 06, 2012
May 29, 2012
Opening to God: Lectio Divina and Life as Prayer
Benner's short but beautiful work has two primary purposes. First, he introduces the reader to the practice of lectio divina--spiritual reading of Scr ...more
Apr 15, 2012
Apr 09, 2012
The Good and Beautiful Life: Putting on the Character of Christ
As with the first book in the series, I did not read this one as is was intended--slowly and in a small group. Instead, I read through it quickly. In ...more
Aug 17, 2013
Aug 09, 2013
With: Reimagining the Way You Relate to God
When I was in the 4th grade I had to memorize the preposition chart for a pass/fail quiz. I've never forgotten my prepositions. Apparently, neither ha ...more
Dec 17, 2012
Dec 15, 2012
The Great Giveaway: Reclaiming the Mission of the Church from Big Business, Parachurch Organizations, Psychotherapy, Consumer Capitalism, and Other Modern Maladies
When my professor first assigned this book, I thought, "Oh, great, Emergent Church propaganda." I was in no way excited about reading this book. Howev ...more
Oct 25, 2011
Oct 16, 2011
Date Your Wife
In all fairness, I skipped the first half of the book and cannot evaluate it. I did not like, however, (at least from appearances in the Table of Cont ...more
Oct 10, 2013
Oct 01, 2013
This little book shares the insights from Brother Lawrence as to how to cultivate an awareness of God's presence in the midst of mundane life. Conside ...more
Jul 06, 2014
Jul 06, 2014
Naming the Powers: The Language of Power in the New Testament (Powers, #1)
I would give this 3.5 stars if I could. I had to read this book for a class that I am taking, so the timing of reading the book was not the best. In o ...more
Nov 16, 2012
Nov 04, 2012
The Minister's MBA: Essential Business Tools for Maximum Ministry Success
If I could, I would give this book 4.5 stars. I chose to read it because I thought it might give me some wisdom and practical tools to better understa ...more
Nov 09, 2012
Oct 26, 2012
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