This reading list is entirely aspirational. I don’t expect to read all of them. I’m sure some of them won’t make the cut after the first chapter or two. I don’t read books that don’t earn my time in the first couple chapters.

I’ve broken the list into rough categories so you and I know where they fit. I’ll add books to this list as I come across them.


  1. The Way of the Shepherd by Kevin Leman
  2. Radical Candor
  3. Dare to Lead by Brene Brown
  4. Setting the Table by Danny Meyer
  5. Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
  6. The Emotionally Healthy Leader by Peter Scazzero
  7. The Myth of Balance: Thriving in the Tension of Ministry, Work, and Life
  8. Teams That Thrive: Five Disciplines of Collaborative Church Leadership
  9. Bigger, Faster Leadership: Lessons from the Builders of the Panama Canal
  10. The Mythical Leader: The Seven Myths of Leadership
  11. Demolishing Strongholds: Finding Victory Over the Struggles That Hold You Back
  12. How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge: Leveraging Influence When You Lack Authority
  13. Timeless by Brian Dodd
  14. Zero to One by Peter Thiel

Personal Growth

  1. Ego is the Enemy
  2. How to Develop a Powerful Prayer Life
  3. Company of One
  4. Christ Incomparable
  5. Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown
  6. Gods Love for Us by Chaim Bentorah
  7. The Empathic Brain by Christian Keysers
  8. Suicide of the West by Jonah Goldberg
  9. 12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson
  10. You Are What you Love by James K.A. Smith
  11. Outwiting the Devil by Napoleon Hill
  12. Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator by Gary Noesner
  13. Unoffendable by Brant Hansen
  14. The Hard Way by Mark Jenkins
  15. Unafraid by Adam Hamilton
  16. Nothing to Prove by Jennie Allen
  17. Mindset by Carol S. Dweck
  18. Prayer: Experiencing Awe by Tim Keller
  19. The Hardest Peace by Kara Tippets
  20. Saving Graces by Elizabeth Edwards

Fiction, History, and Adventure

  1. The Secret Garden (current)
  2. Frankenstein
  3. The Time Machine
  4. Pride and Prejudice
  5. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
  6. Winnie the Pooh
  7. Fearless by Eric Blehm
  8. Blind Descent by James Tabor
  9. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by t.e. Lawrence
  10. Rogue Heroes by Ben McIntyre
  11. New Confessions of an Economic Hitman by Jonathan Perkins

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