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2013 Reading List

January 10, 2013

Here is a list of books I plan to read this year. I may or may not read all of these but planning assures I will read most of them.  Hope these help you and make you think about what you should read this year.

All readers aren’t leaders, but all leaders are readers. Another way to say it is all leaders are learners. When you stop learning you stop growing. You can not lead people somewhere you aren’t.

Here are books I plan to read and let stretch me this year:


Top 10 Books From 2012

January 9, 2013

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. 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 known20 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. The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.

Reading List From 2012

January 8, 2013

At the beginning of a year, I make a list of all the books I would like to read during that year. When I complete a book, I put it down as completed and the month I read it. It is a simple process but helps me prioritize books. I strategically read them depending on what I am going through in certain seasons of the year – message series at Elevate, preparing for the next year, personal growth, etc.

Here is the list of books I read in 2012. Later this week, I will list my top 10 from 2012. For now, take a look at these and put a few on your reading list for 2013.


Jesus + Nothing = Everything

Poke The Box


Principle of the Path

Making Vision Stick


Enemies of the Heart

What They Didn’t Teach You in Seminary

The Go Getter

Prodigal God


Traveling Light


On Purpose Person

Overcoming The Dark Side of Leadership


Through My Eyes

Big Picture People

90 Minutes In Heaven

Our Last Great Hope



You Are A Writer

Love Does


The Measure Of Our Success

Fresh Wind Fresh Fire

Fresh Power


The Church God Blesses

Spirit Rising


Fresh Faith


Breakthrough Prayer

Practicing His Presence


Deep & Wide


Throughout The Year:

Genesis – Revelation in the Bible

We are in the middle of 10 days of prayer at Elevate Church and God has been rocking our world in a great way.  Also, during this time I started reading Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire. I read it several years ago but it is exactly what I needed again and the way I have been feeling lately.

I bought a copy for our staff because I really believe it will resonate with them during this time as well.

Over the next few days I want to give you three quotes that have hit me like a ton of bricks. They are wrecking me in a great way and I hope it disturb you too.

Here is the first quote from Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire:

God is attracted to weakness. He can’t resist those who humbly and honestly admit how desperately they need Him. Our weakness, in fact, makes room for His power!”

All throughout Scripture you read things like:

2 Chronicles 7:14: “Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.”

James 4:6: “God opposes the proud BUT shows favor to the humble.”

The core of prayer is simply crying out to God demonstrating you don’t have all this figured out and you NEED Him.

The last thing I want is God opposing me. Therefore, we must humbly come before Him crying out for His help. What does God do when we come with that posture? He gives us FAVOR!

The best way to receive God’s favor: Cry out to Him! Admit your weak, but He is strong. Admit you don’t have everything figured out, but He has everything figured out. Admit you can’t do this, but HE CAN do this through you!

In your weakness, God CAN make you strong! Give everything in prayer to Him today.


Love Does

August 8, 2012

I recently finished reading Love Does by Bob Goff.  It is a inspiring story oLove Does by Bob Gofff someone simply engaging to love the people of this world.  There are those who TALK about doing something great in this world, and then there are those who DO something great in this world.  Bob is on that journey.  I hope to be too.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from Love Does:

– “Love is never stationary. It doesn’t keep thinking about it or keep planning for it. Simply put: Love Does.”

– “We will know the extent of our love for God by how well we love people.”

– “I used to be afraid of failing at things that really mattered to me, but now I’m more afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter.”

– “I used to think Jesus pursued us with ultimatums, but now I know He pursues us with love.”

– “I used to think you had to be special for God to use you, but now I know you simply need to say yes.”

– “Faith isn’t an equation or a formula or a business deal that gets you what you want. In short, there’s nothing on the other side of the equals sign, just Jesus.”

– “I use to think God wouldn’t talk to me, but now I know I’m just selective with what I choose to hear.”

– “Have you noticed that lots of people who trust God seem to be wired to live near the edge?”

– “He didn’t love people the way that Hallmark says to love people; he loved them linebacker style, in a full contact way.”

– “That’s one of the things about love. It doesn’t recognize boundaries and never obeys the rules we try to give it.”

You can go here to get Love Does.

My big takeaway from the book – following Jesus is an adventure! Loving people is an adventure. It is messy. It can’t be put into an equation. It’s just about getting out in the world and doing something!

Love doesn’t just think about it or say “I will pray about it.”  LOVE DOES!