Before I get to my list of twenty books I’ve read in 2017, here are some answers to frequently asked questions: I usually read in the morning between 5 and 6:30, I typically read physical books that I get from the library or from used bookstores – I don’t spend much money on them. If a book doesn’t strike me, I stop reading it. I often will make notes about something I learned from the book on my blog. My goal in reading is to learn, to be inspired and to share ideas. I would classify it as a hobby. Here are twenty books I’ve read this year:
One reflection from this book: How Lead Measures Can Help Every Pastor
By Cal Newport, 2016
One Reflection: Is Your Church In A Fixed Mindset or a Growth Mindset?
One reflection from this book: These words should be earned and not self-proclaimed.
Another reflection: Protect the Future, Not the Past
One reflection from this book: How To Redefine Success For Your Child
One reflection from the book: Enjoy The Ride
One reflection on this book: Where is your church in these seven stages?
If you’re a pastor of any size church, I recommend that you buy and read this book!
How To Have A Happy & Successful Ministry
By Rev. David F. Cripps
Reflection: Every Church Is A Challenge
One reflection from this book: Home and Ministry are Friends, Not Enemies
A collection of quotes from this book: Quotes
On reflection from this book: 10 Ways To Get Motivated
By Kelly Exeter, 2016
One reflection from this book: You Attract What You Track
One Reflection: Incorporate Short, Powerful Prayers Into Your Life
One reflection from this book: Five tips for purposefully parenting your middle schooler
One Reflection: Jesus And… (one of the worst things Christians can do)
Reflection: 12 Easily Fixable Sermon Pitfalls
Reflection: Nine Ways to Begin Your Sunday Message
One Reflection: 24 Ways To Provide Unexpected Happiness
One Reflection: Don’t Overlook Quiet
By Brian Tracy, 2000
One reflection: One Key To Selling Anything To Anybody: A Relationship
New Life For Dying Churches
One Reflection: A Sure Call and Hard Work
One Reflection: What, Exactly, Is Skill?
I picked this book up during a family trip to Colorado. It’s always fun to know about someone’s life and history especially as it pertains to another part of the country you’re visiting. As the first female doctor in the Rockies, and one of finest doctors of her time, she made a huge difference. It was also icing on the cake to meet a couple people from the local area who knew Doc Susie and were friends with her.
SOME OTHERS FROM THE YEAR:
- Think Big, Act Small, Jason Jennings
- What A Daughter Needs From Her Dad, M. Farris
- Who Moved My Pulpit, Thom Rainer
- Energy Leadership, Bruce Schneider
- Put Your Dream To The Test, John Maxwell
- Seven Pillars of Health, Colbert
- Stuff: The Meaning Of Things, Steketee, Frost
- Happier At Home Gretchen Rubin
- 100 Thing Challenge Dave Bruno
- The Obstacle Is The Way, Ryan Holiday
- Better than Before Gretchen Rubin
- Time Management From Inside Out – Julie Morgenstern
- Three Searching Kings, Elmer Towns (A historical novel about the magi who visited Jesus. A huge shout out to Dr. Towns for sending me a copy!)
- First You Have To Row A Little Boat, Richard Bode
- Cheaper By The Dozen, Gilbreth (read aloud with my daughter)
- Rush Revere And The Presidency, Rush Limbaugh (read this aloud with my daughter)
- With my younger daughter, we read The Beginner’s Bible, a couple times through, and what felt like every single “Froggy Book” until I was more red than green.
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