Books I’ve Read This Year (2017)


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:


Four Disciplines of Execution

By McChesney, Covey & Huling, 2012

One reflection from this book: How Lead Measures Can Help Every Pastor






Deep Work

By Cal Newport, 2016

On Ramp: Deep Work: Getting Valuable Things Done In A Distracted World







By Carol Dweck, 2007

One Reflection: Is Your Church In A Fixed Mindset or a Growth Mindset?






Creativity, Inc

By Ed Catmull, 2014

One reflection from this book: These words should be earned and not self-proclaimed.

Another reflection: Protect the Future, Not the Past






It’s Your Kid, Not A Gerbil

By Dr. Kevin Leman, 2011

One reflection from this book: How To Redefine Success For Your Child






Energy Bus

By Jon Gordon, 2009

One reflection from the book: Enjoy The Ride






Unstuck Church

By Tony Morgan, 2017 

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:  Young Ministry Leaders: Don’t Wait To Give Your Best Effort 

Reflection: Every Church Is A Challenge 



On Being A Servant Of God

By Warren Wiersbe, 2007

One reflection from this book: Home and Ministry are Friends, Not Enemies 

A collection of quotes from this book: Quotes





100 Ways To Motivate Yourself

By Steve Chandler, 2012

On reflection from this book: 10 Ways To Get Motivated






20 Simple Shortcuts to Small Business Success

By Kelly Exeter, 2016

One reflection from this book: You Attract What You Track





Ten Second Prayer Principle 

By Mark Littleton

One Reflection: Incorporate Short, Powerful Prayers Into Your Life






Season Of Change – Parent Your Middle Schooler WIth Purpose

By Rebecca Ingram Powell, 2008

One reflection from this book: Five tips for purposefully parenting your middle schooler






It’s Not About Me 

By Max Lucado

One Reflection: Jesus And… (one of the worst things Christians can do)






Speaking With A Purpose 

By Author Koch

Reflection: 12 Easily Fixable Sermon Pitfalls

Reflection: Nine Ways to Begin Your Sunday Message






Teaching Matters – Whitaker

By Todd and Beth Whitaker

One Reflection: 24 Ways To Provide Unexpected Happiness






Quiet – The Power Of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking

By Susan Cain, 2013

One Reflection: Don’t Overlook Quiet







100 Absolutely Unbreakable Laws of Business


By Brian Tracy, 2000

One reflection: One Key To Selling Anything To Anybody: A Relationship





New Life For Dying Churches

By Rose Sims 

One Reflection: A Sure Call and Hard Work






Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success 

By John Wooden and Jay Carty, 2009

One Reflection: What, Exactly, Is Skill?






Doc Susie

By Virginia Cornell, 1991

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.





  1. Think Big, Act Small, Jason Jennings
  2. What A Daughter Needs From Her Dad, M. Farris
  3. Who Moved My Pulpit, Thom Rainer 
  4. Energy Leadership, Bruce Schneider
  5. Put Your Dream To The Test, John Maxwell
  6. Seven Pillars of Health, Colbert
  7. Stuff: The Meaning Of Things, Steketee, Frost
  8. Happier At Home Gretchen Rubin
  9. 100 Thing Challenge Dave Bruno
  10. The Obstacle Is The Way, Ryan Holiday
  11. Better than Before Gretchen Rubin
  12. Time Management From Inside Out – Julie Morgenstern
  13. 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!)
  14. First You Have To Row A Little Boat, Richard Bode
  15. Cheaper By The Dozen, Gilbreth (read aloud with my daughter)
  16. Rush Revere And The Presidency, Rush Limbaugh (read this aloud with my daughter)
  17. 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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