Yesterday I posted my reading list from 2012. Today I will share some of my favorite books from this past year.
Here is my top 10 from 2012:
1) Fresh Wind Fresh Fire – I read this book about eight years. We returned from a Staff Advance in August and someone gave me a copy. Timing is everything. It seemed like the author was in our staff advance. Everything he said resonated so much with what we were thinking at that time. We gave a copy to every volunteer this Christmas.
2) Enemies of the Heart – Every pastor must read this book. It has helped me so much personally. It has also helped me so much in dealing with people and to get to root issues of things they are dealing with. It was so impactful that we had our entire life groups go through the study this past Fall.
3) Prodigal God – This book takes one of my favorite passages (Luke 15) and clearly presents what the Gospel is really all about.
4) Love Does – This book forces you to move from simply giving lip service about love and actually loving people with our actions. Love doesn’t just say it. Love Does…
5) Spirit Rising – Incredible book. A great teaching about the Holy Spirit with practical examples of people living it out and experiencing the supernatural.
6) Unleash – Anyone who has struggles from their past or fear of the future should read this book. It really highlights how God can use anyone. We are the ones who limit ourselves and miss the unleashed life Jesus offers. It’s time to live unleashed!
7) What They Didn’t Teach You In Seminary – Every pastor should read this book. It is one of the most practical books I have ever read about daily ministry issues we all face.
8) Deep & Wide – One of the most comprehensive and practical books ever about leading a church and making disciples.
9) Measure Of Our Success – A great book to pastors as a reminder to keep the main thing the main thing. We can begin to make church about so many things. It really is a gut check for all pastors. Don’t read it if you are comfortable where you are because it will stretch you!
10) Practicing His Presence – It is a classic and one I will come back to for years to come. We need MORE of His presence. This book shares what that looks like from day to day.
From the Bible – the book that was most meaningful this year 1 & 2 Chronicles.
Here are a few of my favorite verses from Chronicles:
1 Chronicles 16:11: Search for the LORD and for his strength; continually seek him. – It must be a daily thing!
1 Chronicles 17:7-8: I took you from tending sheep in the pasture and selected you to be the leader of my people Israel. 8 I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have destroyed all your enemies before your eyes. Now I will make your name as famous as anyone who has ever lived on the earth! – FAVOR isn’t fair!
v. 16-20, 23: “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? 17 And now, O God, in addition to everything else, you speak of giving your servant a lasting dynasty! You speak as though I were someone very great, O Lord God! 18 “What more can I say to you about the way you have honored me? You know what your servant is really like. 19 For the sake of your servant, O Lord, and according to your will, you have done all these great things and have made them known. 20 “O Lord, there is no one like you. We have never even heard of another God like you! V. 23: And now, O Lord, I am your servant; do as you have promised concerning me and my family. May it be a promise that will last forever.
1 Chronicles 19:13: Be courageous! Let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God. May the LORD’s will be done.
2 Chronicles 16:8-9: At that time you RELIED on the Lord, and HE handed them over to you. 9 The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.