Reading for Leading: Recommended Books

June 23, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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Mark Twain said it well: “The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”

I have found consistent reading to be an invaluable resource for personal and leadership growth. I read all year long, but in the summer, I always endeavor to spend extra time reading and studying. (I already have a reading list of a couple dozen books that I hope to finish this summer.)

I posted a reading list here on the blog a few years ago, but I recently updated it with books I have read over the past few years. Of course, I don’t agree with everything I read, and there are some books below that require you to exercise spiritual discernment as you “eat the meat and spit out the bones.” The reference to any book is not an endorsement of the entire book or to the other works of a particular author. Yet, these books have been generally helpful to me, and I hope they can be a help to you.

TITLE AUTHOR PUBLISHER
Bibliology / Doctrine
A More Sure Word Ouellette Striving Together
Basic Bible Interpretation Zuck Victor
Dispensationalism Ryrie Moody Press
From God to Us Geisler Moody Press
Heaven Randy Alcorn Tyndale
Salvation and Sovereignty Keathley B&H Academic
The DaVinci Deception Lutzer Living Books
The King James Version Defended Hills Christian Research
Touch Not the Unclean Thing Sorenson Northstar Baptist Ministries
Which Bible? Fuller Institute for Biblical Textual Studies
Whosoever Will Allen/Lemke B&H Academic
Biography and History
50 People Every Christian Should Know Wiersbe Baker Books
An American Life Reagan Simon & Schuster
Benjamin Franklin Isaacson Simon & Schuster
Bold as a Lamb Anderson Zondervan
Cast Your Bread Hester Temple Baptist Church
Christianity through the Centuries Cairns Zondervan
C.H. Spurgeon Autobiography Spurgeon Banner of Truth
David Livingstone: His Life and Letters Seaver Harper
David Livingstone: The Story of One Who Followed Christ Houghton Nabu Press
John R. Rice: Captain of our Team Rice Walden
John Wesley’s Sermons Outler Abingdon Press
Oswald Chambers McCasland Discovery House Publishers
Seven Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness Metaxas Thomas Nelson
The Autobiography of Charles G. Finney Finney Bethany House Publishers
The Last Founding Father Unger Da Capo Press
The Lion’s Gate: On the Front Lines of the Six Day War Pressfield Sentinel
The Shadow of the Broad Brim Day Striving Together
Through Sunshine and Shadow Parker/Monroe Sword of the Lord
Tom Malone: The Preacher from Pontiac Vick Sword of the Lord
Unbroken Hillenbrand Random House
Christian Counseling
Adrenaline and Stress Hart Thomas Nelson
Change Your Heart, Change Your Life Smalley Thomas Nelson
Counterfeit Gods Keller Riverhead Trade
Emotionally Healthy Spiritually Scazzero Thomas Nelson
Repentance and the 21st Century Man Miller Christian Literature
Respectable Sins Bridges NavPress
The Anxiety Cure Hart Thomas Nelson
The Biblical View of Self-Esteem, Self-Love, and Self-Image Adams Harvest House Publishers
The Christian Counselor’s Manual Adams Zondervan
The Dark Side of the Internet Hummel BJU Press
The Five Languages of Apology Chapman/Thomas Northfield Publishing
The Spirit-Controlled Temperament LaHaye Tyndale
Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain Struthers IVP Books
Contemporary Theology
Biblical Separation Pickering Regular Baptist Press
Broad Is the Way: Fundamentalists Merging into the Evangelical Mainstream Sorenson Northstar Ministries
Charismatic Confusion Pickering Regular Baptist Press
Grace Gone Wild Jeffress Waterbrook Press
Kingdom of the Cults Martin Baker Publishing Group
New Evangelicalism: The New World Order Smith Paul R. Smith
Set Apart Hughes Crossway Books
The Courage to Be Protestant Wells William B Eerdmans
The Tragedy of Compromise Pickering BJU Press
There Really Is a Difference Renald Showers Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry
This Little Church Stayed Home Gilley EP Books
What Love Is This? Hunt The Berean Call
Why I Left the Contemporary Christian Music Movemnet Lucarini Evangelical Press
Why We’re Not Emergent DeYoung/Kluck Moody Publishers
Christian Growth
10 Power Principles for Christian Service Wiersbe/Wiersbe Baker Books
Beyond Halftime Buford Zondervan
Buy the Field: Find, Follow and Finish God’s Call for Your Life Fleshman WestBow Press
Changed Into His Image Berg BJU Press
Come Thirsty Lucado Thomas Nelson
Contentment: The Secret to a Lasting Calm Swenson NavPress
Eat to Live Fuhrman Little, Brown and Company
Embraced by the Spirit Swindoll Zondervan
Experiencing God Blackaby B&H Books
Experience the Cross Blackaby Zondervan
Half Time Buford Zondervan
How to Win Over Worry Haggai Harvest House
If God Is Good Alcorn Multnomah Books
In Search of Balance Swenson NavPress
Leading on Empty Cordeiro Bethany House
Living in an Imperfect World Ouellette Striving Together
Margin Swenson NavPress
My God Is True! Wolfe Banner of Truth
Rescuing Ambition Harvey Crossway Books
Resilience Wright Servant Punbs
Revival Lloyd-Jones Crossway Books
Running Scared Welch/Lutz New Growth Press
Songs in the Night Wiersbe Baker Books
Surprised by Grace Tchividjian Crossway
Switch Heath Crown Business
Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health Whitney NavPress
The Calvary Road Hession CreateSpace
The Christian Atheist Groeschel HarperCollins Publishing
The Hidden Smile of God Piper Crossway
The Promise Morgan B&H Books
The Purity Principle Alcorn Random House
The Incredible Power of Kingdom Authority Rogers Broadman/Holman Publishers
Travelling Light Lucado Thomas Nelson
Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts Bridges NavPress
Family
Christian Living in the Home Adams Baker Book House
Family Life Swindoll Multnomah Press
Finishing Strong Farrar Multnomah Books
Firm Foundataion Chappell Striving Together
God in Your Family Rice Sword of the Lord
King Me Farrar Moody
Shepherding a Child’s Heart Tripp Shepherd Press
Tech Savvy Parenting: Navigating Your Child’s Digital Life Housman Randall House
What Did You Expect? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage Tripp Crossway Books
Finances
The Total Money Makeover Ramsey Thomas Nelson
The Wall Street Journal. Complete Personal Finance Guidebook Opdyke Crown Business
Leadership
360 Degree Leader Maxwell Nelson
Amusing Ourselves to Death Postman/Postman Penguin Books
Attitude 101 Maxwell Thomas Nelson
Biblical Leadership Collier/Williams Ambassador International
Built to Serve Sanders McGraw-Hill
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants Gladwell Little, Brown and Company
Everyone Communicates, Few Connect Maxwell Thomas Nelson
Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done Bossidy Crown Business
Getting Things Done Allen Penguin Books
Good to Great Collins Random House
I3: Devotions for Leadership and Life Dan Brokke Summerside Press
In Search of Excellence Waterman Warner Books
Lincoln on Leadership Phillips Warner Books, Inc.
Lead Like Jesus Blanchard Thomas Nelson
Love Works Manby Zondervan
Making it All Work Allen Viking Adult
Replenish: Leading from a Healthy Soul Witt Baker Books
The Daily Drucker Drucker HarperBusiness
The Effective Executive Drucker Harper/Collins Publishers
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team Lencioni Jossey-Bass
The Five Levels of Leadership Maxwell Center Street
The Measure of a Man Getz Regal Books
The Power of Less Babauta Hyperion
The Way of the Shepherd Leman/Pentak Zondervan
Your Iceberg Is Melting Kotter St. Martin’s Press
Missions
A Strategy to Start Churches on the Missions Field Martin
Christian Mission Cook Moody Press
Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream Platt Multnomah
Sending Forth Laborers Tomlinson/Chappell Striving Together
Starting a Church on the Mission Field Martin
Understanding Christian Missions Kane Baker Books
Church Leadership
Activate Searcy/Thomas Regal
Beyond the First Visit McIntosh Baker Books
Called to Be God’s Leader Blackaby/Blackaby Thomas Nelson
Criswell’s Guidebook for Pastors Criswell Broadman
Dear Timothy Ascol Founders Press
Disciple Making Pastor Hull Baker Books
For the Hurting Pastor Pickering Regular Baptist
God isn’t in a Hurry Wiersbe Baker Books
Guided By Grace Chappell Striving Together
Heartbeats of the Holy Krauss  Faithful Life
John Ploughman’s Talk Spurgeon Pilgrim Press
Leading with Integrity Smith Bethany House Publishers
Lectures to My Students Spurgeon Baker Book Press
Less Is More Leadership Burke Harvest House
Pastors At Risk London/Wiseman Victor Books
Pastoral Leadership Weirsbe Moody Press
Preaching for Preachers Jones Zondervan
Prodigals & Those That Love Them Graham Baker Books
Shepherding the Church Stowell Moody Press
Sifted Cordeiro Zondervan
Sticky Church Osborne Zondervan
Sunday School in HD Taylor B&H Books
Sunday School That Really Works Parr/Rainer Kregel Academic & Professional
The Heart of a Great Pastor London Regal Books
The Integrity Crisis Wiersbe Oliver Nelson
The Vanishing Ministry Kroll Kregel Publishing
They Call Me Pastor London Regal Books
The Apostles Malone Sword of the Lord
The Church Malone Sword of the Lord
The Contemplative Pastor Peterson William B. Eerdmans
Thirty Minutes to Raise the Dead Bennett  Thomas Nelson
Understanding Islam Feghaly Feghaly
When Life Is Hard MacDonald LifeWay Christian Resources
Prayer
How to Pray Bounds Barbour Publishing
On Earth as It Is in Heaven Wiersbe Baker Books
Prayer Rice Sword of the Lord
Prayer for Revival Beckum Intercessor Ministries, Inc.
The Pastor in Prayer Spurgeon Whitaker House
Prophecy
A Woman Rides the Beast Hunt Harvest House Publishers
Epicenter Rosenberg Tyndale House Publishers
The Coming Economic Armageddon Jeremiah FaithWords
The Late Great State of Israel Klein WND Books
The Popular Bible Prophesy Workbook LaHaye/Hindson Harvest House Publishers
Prophetic Untimeliness Guinness Baker Books
What in the World Is Going On? Jeremiah Thomas Nelson


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