Twenty Books I’ve Read In 2023

For the last several years, I have posted 20 books I’ve read during the year. Here’s my list from 2023. As a reminder, most of these books I’ve gotten from the library, book sales, and some I’ve pulled from my seemingly endless shelf of books I try to read and then get rid of. I hope this list might be helpful to you and inspire you to keep reading!

The Blessed Life – Robert Morris

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“Most of the stress, worry and anxiety in our lives is caused by a failure to exercise good stewardship.” – Robert Morris

Just Choose Happiness – Nell Mahoney

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Keeping these things going in your life is a great way to treat yourself. It’s a gift to your friends and family. It brings freedom to your life and your decision-making.

Life Is Like A Musical – Tim Federle

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Here are a few practical things that I am working on. I can see these as being beneficial for all my ministry friends and connections.

Take The Day Off – Robert Morris

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We weren’t made for the Sabbath – it was created for us. It’s a framework that allows us to live bright and full lives.

That’s Good News – Shane Bishop

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This book is a simple read and a great book for your church, small group, or leadership team.

Grace Based Parenting – Tim Kimmel

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The reminder is more important than ever. Parents and children lead busier lives; endure more stress; face more challenges; and are bombarded with advertisements, videos, and news every moment of every day.

Find Your People – Jennie Allen

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The world can be a lonely place. With changes in our culture over the last 100 years, we’ve gone from staying close to home and relying on family and neighbors; to often dealing with life on our own. For many people, finding a true, geographically close-to-home friend would be a miracle.

The Secret Of Teams – Mark Miller

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Esprit De Corps is all about the “group spirit” of your team. Without this pillar of high-performance teams, you won’t achieve your fullest potential.

The Sixty Minute Father – Rob Parsons

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No one was ever heard to say under deathbed, “I wish I had spent more time at the office.” If your child is 10 years old, 3650 days have already gone. You have 2920 left.

Communicate – John C. Maxwell

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Too often, speakers don’t make it plain enough.  At best, the speaker lives with big words and lofty concepts as part of their everyday life.  At worst, a speaker tries to impress people by using large words.

Relentless – Tim Grover

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Resistance is a real thing. We want to move ahead, but our minds can always come up with an excuse to take the easiest path, if we have to take the path at all. 

Do Hard Things – Steve Magness

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One of the four pillars in this book to develop a tough mind and do hard things is to respond vs react. Plants and chemicals react, and humans should respond. When we don’t, we’re allowing the situation to get the best of us and letting our emotions lead, which isn’t great in every situation.

The Secrets Of Happy Families – Bruce Feiler

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A family mission statement can help you focus and guide your busy schedules, your duties around the house, and what adventures you say “yes” to. This post is about how you might create one.

Burn The Boats – Matt Higgins

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Whether you need to come to terms with the success of others OR you need to move ahead despite criticism, you may wonder why people have trouble with the success of others.

Leaders Made Here – Mark Miller

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When you create a leadership culture – others taking on the roles and responsibilities to care for others and work through others – growth will begin to naturally happen! It is an important job of the pastor or leader!

Culture Is The Way

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One goal for a leader is to help instill this new culture statement into the hearts of your people. Share it and communicate it to others often. Otherwise, the current culture will win out.

What To Do Next – Jeff Henderson

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“The scariest place to be is the same place as last year. No growth, no challenges. Just the same.”

Jeff Henderson

High Five Habit – Mel Robbins

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The Emotionally Healthy Church – Peter Scazzero

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It is not possible for a Christian to be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature.

Good To Great In God’s Eyes – Chip Ingram

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This book includes ten practices Christians have in common. I always like listening to Chip Ingram.

If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home By Now – Christopher Ingraham

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This was a really interesting book about a family who moved from the DC suburbs and the rat race to the smallest community in Minnesota. The friendships, connections, family time, and mental health changed drastically!

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